Jets shopping Le'Veon Bell ahead of trade deadline: reports


Le'Veon Bell's seemingly doomed stint in New York could be ending sooner than later.

The Jets are actively trying to trade the two-time All-Pro running back ahead of next month's NFL trade deadline, according to multiple reports.

The reports come hours after Bell appeared to vent his frustration on social media over his usage in the Jets' latest loss, which dropped the team to a rough 0-5 start.

Head coach Adam Gase, with whom Bell has butted heads since he arrived via free agency last offseason, said he was disappointed with the former Steelers superstar going public with their differences.

The NFL trade deadline is set for Nov. 3, ahead of Week 9 games.

Gang Green would be hard-pressed to recoup much of value in exchange for Bell, according to Ralph Vacchiano of SNY, owing to his age and declining production.

The 28-year-old Bell will likely be cut at season's end, Vacchiano reported, leaving the Jets with little leverage in possible trade talks. The team can probably only expect a "late Day 3" draft pick in return, he said, meaning a sixth- or seventh-rounder.

Bell struggled through injury and ineffectiveness in his first year with the Jets, after signing a four-year, $52M deal. This season looks to be much of the same, with Bell returning for Week 5 after four weeks on the shelf due to a balky hamstring. In his two games this season he has 22 touches, more akin to the workload of a role player than a featured ballcarrier.

Bell's contract came together under former GM Mike Maccagnan, while reports said Gase was staunchly opposed to the signing. Maccagnan was sacked soon after, leaving Bell without his advocate while saddling Gase with an unhappy player.

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