Bell Has No Regrets
Le’Veon Bell made his free agency decision, and he’ll be suiting up in the Jets backfield, likely for the next four years (barring a trade). Still, he left $14.5 million on the table last season, and he’ll never recoup that money. Jets fans, however, are fired up by the signing and are already using the Sugarhouse app to place wagers on the team for the 2019 season.
Bell ended up settling for a $52.5 million contract, with $35 million guaranteed, and in doing the math, it’s really looking like he should’ve played last season on the franchise tag. However, he doesn’t seem to feel that way.
He spoke to reporters at his introductory press conference on Thursday, and he made it very clear that he doesn’t have any regrets sitting out last season.
“I don’t regret anything that happened,” Bell said, as transcribed by NFL.com. “Obviously, everything happened for a reason. Who can say if I played last year if I do go out there and play on a one-year (deal) or franchise tag that I do get hurt, do I end up sitting here today being with the New York Jets? On the other side of it, if I go out there and do play on the franchise tag and I get another 400 carries, who’s to say that a team would pay me after 400 carries?”
Bell appeared to be excited about signing his new contract.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 14, 2019
He may have no regrets, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it was a wise decision.
The San Francisco 49ers were the anonymous team that held up Le’Veon Bell’s decision to sign with the New York Jets.
The man has finally made his mind up. After two days of being ‘so torn,’ former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has found his next team. As expected, Bell inked a brand new deal with the New York Jets. On Tuesday, it was assumed that the market for Bell was down to the Jets versus the Baltimore Ravens. Once the Ravens shifted focus towards Mark Ingram though, the market turned out to be one team, which was the Jets.
All along, the Jets were the leading buyers for Bell. They submitted the highest offer right out of the gate, and nobody seemed to outbid them. Considering that the Jets are, well, they are the Jets, Bell might’ve been a bit resistant towards them. He wouldn’t be the only one though. Remember Kirk Cousins took less money to sign elsewhere last year. And linebacker Anthony Barr changed him mind on Tuesday as well and opted to stay with the Minnesota Vikings.
Feeling slighted, the Jets applied pressure to Bell. They told him that he has until the end of Tuesday night to sign, or else his offer disappears. And that wasn’t a bluff. As we know, the Jets have pulled offers before. With that, Bell made the decision to take his highest offer before it goes away. He would’ve signed sooner, but apparently, there was an anonymous team holding up his decision. So, who was it? The Chicago Bears? Maybe the Philadelphia Eagles? As it turns out, the San Francisco 49ers gave it a try.
The Niners wanted to give it a shot
Live on @nflnetwork, our guy @MJD says he spoke to his agent — Adisa Bakari, who's also Le'Veon Bell's agent — and Bakari said the #Jets were the frontrunner all along for Bell, though another strong offer came from the #49ers … who acquired Bakari client Dee Ford last night.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) March 13, 2019
According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, the Niners’ made a last minutes offer around Tuesday afternoon, which put the Jets on the backburner for a moment. The Niners’ were never rumored to be in on the Bell action, considering that they signed a running back last year, but they definitely got in the discussion and made the situation amusing.