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“There’s been a BUNCH of false reports and speculation about me in the past about things I’ve said and done, so I’m used to this,” Bell tweeted. “I don’t jump to conclusions when I hear or see a story that may affect me.
“Even if reports are true, that won’t stop me from doing what I came here to do…everyone has a job to do, and I’m gonna do mine whether people ‘like’ me or not. I’m here to win football games.”
Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News provided the initial report, noting Gase’s thoughts on the value of the running back position:
Manish Mehta @MMehtaNYDN
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.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network also gave insight:
Ian Rapoport @RapSheet
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
Gase is now the Jets’ interim general manager after the team fired Mike Maccagnan.
Numerous reports dropped highlighting a rift between the two men. Of note, Michael Lombardi of The Athletic reported on Apr. 26 that Maccagnan was “on the hot seat internally, and many in the league expect changes in the Jets’ front office after the draft.”
“The truth behind Jets CEO Christopher Johnson’s decision to fire Maccagnan may not be clear yet, but there have been rumors and reports of a rift between Maccagnan and Gase for months—as hard as that is to believe considering Gase was hired just four months and four days ago. One source connected to the Jets said Johnson had been pondering this move since long before the draft when he decided it was evident the two simply couldn’t get along. He had apparently sensed friction almost from the start.”
Drama has seemingly followed the Jets since quarterback Joe Namath guaranteed an upset victory over the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl III. That prediction turned out to be prophetic, but the Jets haven’t made a Super Bowl in the 50 years since.
Bell is used to drama after a contract dispute with the Steelers led him to sit the 2018 season out, but this isn’t an ideal situation whatsoever, especially with reports emanating that the most powerful man left on the football staff wasn’t keen on him playing for Gang Green.
The talented back is still going to be the team bell cow, of course, but the offseason storylines only engender pessimism as the team looks to return to the playoffs for the first time in nine years.