The New York Jets are reportedly considering trading Le'Veon Bell before today's deadline just months after signing the star running back.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets are "amenable to dealing the perennial Pro Bowl running back for the right price before the 4 p.m. trade deadline." New York signed Bell to a four-year, $52 million contract, with $27 million guaranteed, during free agency.
"Although it’s unclear what that price tag has been during discussions, there are legitimate buyers," Mehta writes.
Albert Breer of the NFL Network has a slightly different take on the matter, saying the Jets have not received inquiries about Bell. He did echo Mehta's report by saying they are open to dealing the 27-year-old back.
Bell has struggled to a career-low 3.2 yards per carry in seven games with Gang Green, thanks in large part to the team's poor offensive line play. A versatile receiver out of the backfield, Bell has 32 catches, but is averaging only 5.8 yards per reception, which is well below his career average.
Overall, it is probably unlikely the Jets would be able to move Bell in the next four hours, given his price tag and the compensation they would need in return. If they could find the right deal, it might make sense to trade him though as the franchise looks to rebuild.
Also, new Jets GM Joe Douglas was not in place when the team signed Bell, making him perhaps more willing to ship him out. On the other hand, the timing of this report is curious, and New York's willingness to trade its best offensive player could be exaggerated.