Report: Adam Gase was ‘absolutely’ against Jets signing Le’Veon Bell
The New York Jets made a major change within their front office on Wednesday when they announced the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan, and the decision sounds like it had a lot to do with the relationship between the GM and head coach Adam Gase.
Gase, who has been named the interim GM in New York, reportedly disagreed with some of the moves Maccagnan made in free agency. More specifically, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News was told that Gase was emphatic about not wanting to spend huge money on Le’Veon Bell.
One disagreement between Adam Gase and Mike Maccagnan/Christopher Johnson…
Gase absolutely did not want to sign Le’Veon Bell, per sources. In fact, he made it clear that he didn’t want to spend a lot of money on any running back.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) May 15, 2019
Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets that includes $35 million guaranteed. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media heard from sources that Gase likes Bell as a player but was against spending that much, and the coach felt similarly about linebacker CJ Mosley’s five-year, $85 million contract.
Liked the player, didn’t love the money is how I heard it on Le’Veon Bell. Adam Gase also didn’t love the price tag on CJ Mosley. It all added up. https://t.co/BOZw4b5GwX
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 15, 2019
While the Jets appear to have done well in the draft last month, Maccagnan has been on the hot seat for quite some time. The Jets must feel he has underperformed since he was named GM in 2015, and they are choosing Gase over him. Gase seems like he is trying to change the culture a bit with the Jets, and they are obviously willing to give him more control.