The Jets are looking to trade Le’Veon Bell.
A couple of months after Bell signed with the team, rumors started swirling that the Jets were looking to offload the running back after the firing of general manager Mike Maccagnan as well as former VP of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
The rumors intensified after it was reported that new coach Adam Gase, now serving as the team’s de facto GM, didn’t want to sign Bell to begin with.
However, Gase put the gossip to rest with a few short words to reporters Wednesday.
“That’s ridiculous,” Gase said, via ESPN. “That’s the first time I’ve heard of that.”
When asked for a clearer answer on whether the Jets would be trading Bell, Gase simply responded, “No.”
Gase joined the team in January. Bell was signed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract in March, which makes him the NFL’s second-highest paid running back.
However, Bell made headlines by not showing up to voluntary OTAs, which got tongues wagging about perceived diva-like behavior.
If the Jets were to trade Bell, they would lose out on $12 million already, meaning the team that landed him would have to shell out $40 million (per ProFootballTalk).