Le’Veon Bell is no longer a Jet, but not because of a trade.
The Jets announced on Tuesday night that they have released Bell from his contract, making him a free agent. GM Joe Douglas released a statement that confirmed earlier reports that the Jets were seeking trade options over the last couple of days.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets had been trying to trade Bell for weeks and also at last year’s trade deadline, but found no takers.
Bell appeared to celebrate the news on social media, tweeting a prayer emoji.
The Jets had signed Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million contract in March 2019 after the running back chose to sit out the 2018 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers because he refused to play on the franchise tag for a second consecutive season.
Bell, who has only played in two games this season as he deals with a hamstring injury, had not lived up to his All-Pro status with the Jets, rushing for 789 yards and three touchdowns while catching 66 passes for 461 yards and a touchdown last season with New York.
Bell has often clashed with head coach Adam Gase as well.
The 28-year-old running back is owed $6 million for the remainder of the season but has no guaranteed money remaining in the final two years of his deal.