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Jets’ Le’Veon Bell Latest Player to be Jettisoned

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The New York Jets released veteran running back and former Pro Bowler Le’Veon Bell on Tuesday, putting an official end to their rather rocky relationship, according to ESPN’s Rich Cimini.

Bell’s departure marks yet another player who has been jettisoned by inept head coach Adam Gase, who had done similar things during his tenure with the Miami Dolphins.

Because he is a vested veteran, Bell is not subject to waivers, and officially becomes a free agent on 4pm EST on Wednesday.

“After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon,” the team said in a statement. “The Jets organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make significant contributions to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and wish him future success.”

Bell met with Gase and general manager Joe Douglas on Monday to express his frustration with his role in the offense, and discuss his future with the organization. At that meeting, Bell was informed that the team would explore a trade and granted Bell’s agent permissions to speak with other teams.

Despite contacting other teams, the Jets could not clear the hurdle that was Bell’s contract, despite their willingness to eat some of the $6 million remaining on his 2020 base salary. Bell’s $8 million injury guarantee in 2021 proved to be a deal-breaker.

Bell and Gase had an icy relationship that often times went public. Bell becomes the second player in two months to move on from the Jets, who traded safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks earlier this season.

Now Bell will search for a new home, which will likely be a contender looking for a veteran boost in their backfield as the season churns on.

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.

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