Le’Veon Bell didn’t put up the kind of numbers that the Jets expected in 2019. And, in their estimation, much of that had to do with Bell’s conditioning. The Jets feel that Bell “gained weight and lost explosiveness as the season went on,” Rich Cimini of ESPN.com writes.
That sort of talk won’t help the possibility of a Bell trade, and that was already looking pretty slim. The running back is due $13.5MM in guarantees and the Jets would have to eat a portion of his salary if they were to move him. Even in that case, Cimini feels, the Jets wouldn’t do much better than a low draft pick.
Of course, cutting Bell one year into his mega free agent deal isn’t an option either. If they dropped him today, they’d be on the hook for $19MM in dead money and the “savings” would be a net negative.
Here’s more from the AFC East:
- It’s impossible to guess exactly what any team will do in the draft, especially before free agency starts, but Jeff Howe of The Athletic ran down some potential scenarios for the Patriots. If they stay at No. 23 overall, Howe believes that Alabama safety Xavier McKinney could be a good fit for Bill Belichick‘s defense, making him a potential fit if Devin McCourty leaves in free agency. If the Patriots don’t go for a safety, they could use the pick on a tackle or a defensive lineman. Tight end, Howe writes, is less pressing given the depth of this year’s TE crop.
- Tom Brady is getting all of the headlines, but the Patriots have 19 free agents to address this offseason. That list includes special teams stalwart Nate Ebner, who hopes to stay in New England (via Zach Cox of NESN).
- Recently, we learned that the Bills may consider the franchise tag for defensive lineman Jordan Phillips.
- Meanwhile, in Miami, the team is planning to hold on to Josh Rosen, even though he doesn’t figure to have much of a role in 2020.