The New York Jets’ rocky relationship with Levon Bell came to an abrupt end on Tuesday when the Jets announced they had run away and released him.
It ended a 19-month tenure that was full of disappointment and broken promises. Bell, who arrived in 2019 as a marquee-free agent, never clicked with coach Adam Gas, who opposed signing from the start.
“After interacting with Livian and his agent and exploring potential trading options over the past few days, we have decided to release Livian,” the team said in a statement. “The Jets organization appreciates Livian’s efforts during his time here and we know he worked hard to make a significant contribution to this team. We believe this decision is in the best interests of both parties and they wish him future success.”
As an accomplished veteran, Bell is not subject to forgiveness. He will be a free agent on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Shortly after the announcement, Belle shared her thoughts on Twitter, while she tweeted a prayer hand emoji.
– Levion Bell (LivonBell) October 14, 2020
Frustrated by his lack of involvement in the crime, Belle met with gas and general manager Joe Douglas on Monday, a source said. They told Bell they would explore a trade, and they allowed their agent to talk to other teams.
The Jets approached each team, but found the contract difficult to move. They were willing to eat some of the remaining $ 6 million on his 2020 base salary, but the sticking point was to guarantee an injury of 8 8 million in 2021, a source said. No team wanted to take such a risk this season for fear of serious injury.
In the end, neither jets. They were able to continue buying it until the trading deadline of November 3, hoping to recover a late round of withdrawals, but they, too, were wary of the injury guarantee, knowing they were planning to cut it into se fission.
The Jets are responsible for the remaining 6 6 million on Bates’ 2020 base pay, but there is a set faucet clause that will ignore it by the amount of salary on the new contract with his next team.
Belle tweeted that she was ready for a new opportunity.
Got a lot to prove. I’m ready to go. pic.twitter.com/oDqBM62JfN
– Levion Bell (LivonBell) October 14, 2020
The breaking point of the relationship came on Sunday, when Bell was upset with the Arizona Cardinals for their 30-10 loss to the Jets. After that, he denied media interview requests, but he went on Twitter and “liked” the comments of media members who suggested he was being abused and should be traded.
So upset is Gas, who told reporters on Monday, “I hate that we go with all this instead of just talking about it, but it seems like people want to do this nowadays.”
Bell is disappointed after signing a four-year, 52 52.5 million contract last year, as he averages 3.3 yards per carry with the Jets – one of the NFL’s top 53 qualifying runners in that period.
In 17 games with the Jets, Bell ran for 873 yards and three touchdowns. He was damaged by a system that did not meet his power as a normal line play and versatile player.
Bell was signed by former general manager Mike McGagan, who wanted to add a weapon to help quarterback Sam Darnold’s development. As it turned out, McKagan was fired two months after signing. Darnold has suffered, and the Jets are 0-5 with the NFL’s lowest-scoring offense.
This is the second time in four months that a high-profile player wants to leave New York. In July, All-Pro safety Jamal Adams and the team were involved in a contract dispute. The Jets eventually traded Adams on the Seattle Seahawks. Adams was critical of Gas’s leadership as he exited.
At the time, Bell was criticizing Adams for seeking bail on the Jets, and he attacked Adams on social media.
Belle expressed frustration over various issues last season, but he refused in se fission and came to training camp in the best shape of his career, he said. He lost more than 20 pounds since last season. Admitting that he was happy in 2019, Belle vowed to give him a career year.
Gas made the situation worse by signing his favorite player, Frank Gore, who further defeated Bell. Sure enough, there were differences in the training camp after Gas Bell was removed from the intrasquad scrimmage. Gass said Belle reported a tight hamstring, and he did not want to risk injury.
Belle went on Twitter and originally lied to Gas, suggesting a long sit between the two.
Bell returned to the lineup on Sunday and carried the ball 13 times for 60 yards. He was targeted only once in a passing game. On numerous occasions, Gass talked of Bell being more involved as a receiver.
On Sunday, Lou Mikel took no action, running after Perry. Bell’s departure should make time to play for Perrin, who will share the workload with 37-year-old Gore.