Jets’ Adam Gase Didn’t Want Le’Veon Bell

Try this one on for size – the Jets’ new head coach and recently appointed interim GM Adam Gase “absolutely” did not want the team to sign running back Le’Veon Bell this offseason, according to Manish Mehta of the Daily News (on Twitter). Of course, he lost that battle, as Mike Maccagnan inked Bell to a four-year, $52MM contract. 

[RELATED: Jets Fire GM Mike Maccagnan]

There were previous rumblings that Gase wasn’t thrilled about the Bell expenditure, but that came with further word that Gase’s dissatisfaction with the Bell signing and Maccagnan on the whole was “overblown.” Now that the Jets have canned Maccagnan, we know that the Gase-Maccagnan beef was real, and that likely goes for disagreement over the Bell signing as well.

Gase wasn’t just opposed to signing Bell – Mehta hears he didn’t want to spend a lot of money on any running back. Regardless, the two are tied together for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile, Gase’s preferred choice to be the next Jets general manager is Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas, Mehta hears (on Twitter). Douglas and Gase have history together dating back to their time with the Bears and he’s already said to be a top candidate for the job.

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30 comments on “Jets’ Adam Gase Didn’t Want Le’Veon Bell

  1. Gase should have kept that to himself. Bell is going to throw another hissy fit over this.

  2. braveshomer

    oh great Mr. B-hole is going to completely under uterlize his best weapons out of spite like he did in Miami….buyer beware on Bell in fantasy smh!

  3. goldenmisfit

    Adam was never big on big money running backs which would explain the problems with his offense in Miami not to mention why his quarterbacks never had any longevity

  4. sufferfortribe

    Ahhh, it’s a great time to be a Browns fan……knowing that madness like this is in the rear view mirror. Now I get to enjoy watching other teams go through it.

  5. crosseyedlemon

    It would be ironic if Douglas got the GM job then decided the team could save a few bucks by firing Gase.

  6. Z-A

    Why not just cut Bell now. Gase is a worse GM than he is a HC. You don’t let it get out that your most expensive player that you just signed is not wanted. You knew he had no clue when he spaced at that presser.

    • crosseyedlemon

      Bell was in fact wanted…but not at the price paid. Gase has to realize though, that you can’t acquire premium talent if all your willing to offer is Walmart wages.

  7. NYY42

    You guys are funny… The Jets will be a 11-5 team. Always need to bitch about things out of your control…. A bunch of internet dopes!

    • axisofhonor25

      News flash for you buddy. You face New England twice, the Saints, the eagles, Pittsburgh and Cleveland. That’s already 6 losses guaranteed. You also have Gase as a head coach, darnold as a QB and an expensive RB who’s had a year off, will he used in a committee, and not the central game plan. You win 11 games how?

  8. axisofhonor25

    Of course he didn’t want to spend money on a running back… look at his history. All the guy wants to do is throw the ball. Ever back that served under his tutelage either as a head coach has underperformed or wasn’t an main proponent in the gameplan. Kenyan Drakes fall from grace was the latest to showcase his priorities. Gase was a bad fit for this team since they were already looking Bell anyway prior to him signing. Gase probably wanted to prioritize the line and receivers to give Darnold the best position. So you let your GM serve through the draft and sign Bell but then release him? Love to see how this team turns out.

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