Le’Veon Bell downplays issues between him and Jets coach Adam Gase
There have been numerous reports that the New York Jets will explore the possibility of trading Le’Veon Bell this offseason, and that may or may not have to do with head coach Adam Gase wanting to move on from the star running back. If you ask Bell, however, things between him and Gase are just fine.
Bell told TMZ this week that he and Gase had their exit meeting after the season and are “straight.”
“Everybody blows everything out of proportion,” Bell said. “It’s water under the bridge. We’re fine. We’re good.”
Bell is under contract with the Jets for the next three seasons, and he said he plans to be with the team through that span “unless something drastic changes.” Of course, Bell would not be blindsided if the Jets trade him, as GM Joe Douglas has already admitted he will listen to offers for Bell if other teams call.
Gase was asked after the season if he wants Bell back with the team in 2020, and all he said is that Bell is under contract for three more seasons and to direct any trade talk questions to Douglas. Bell later responded with a cryptic tweet.
Bell had just 789 rushing yards and three touchdowns this season, and Gase refused to funnel his offense through him even though he was one of the best players in football during his time with the Pittsburgh Steelers. There were reports before the season that Gase never wanted to sign Bell in the first place, so it would not be a shock if the coach is pushing the Jets to trade him.