Jet’s running back Le’Veon Bell signed for last season as a free agent with the franchise, in part because of Jamal Adams’s continued recruiting effort, which courted him for months to come to MetLife Stadium.
But the friendship between the pair can be permanently strained now that Adams has forced his way out. After months of overt hostility to his own team, Adams was reportedly handed out to the Seahawks on Saturday.
Bell was not happy with that outcome and made an apparent shot at Adams via Twitter.
Bell wrote: “Ppl do all the hootin & hollerin to get you in, just to leave … lol like people weird yooo, the internet has these guys doing anything for attention even if they tell you they don’t they don’t believe themselves. “
He later added that he was more motivated than crazy.
ppl do all the hootin & hollerin to get you in just to leave … lol like people weird yooo, the internet has got these guys doing anything for attention even if they tell you they don’t believe themselves
– Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 25, 2020
Adams saw all that and decided to respond, reminding Bell that the Seahawks would host the Jets in mid-December.
Bell returned to say that Adams “lied”, although Bell did not specify. Still, it’s “all love” between the two, with Bell adding that he wants the best for his now ex-teammate.
“Noted” what ?! lol you lied? PLEASE TRUST that it will be “noticed” then … and if I have to take “goodbye in week 14” as a threat … I don’t! but it’s still all love and like I said ON THE PHONE I want the best for you … if this is the best for you then I want it for you bro 🙌🏾 https://t.co/yyNGH5XAb3
– Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 26, 2020
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Bell, a stranger to drama in his own right, struggled through the worst statistical season of his career in 2019. His yards (789), yards per carry (3.2) and hasty touchdowns (three) were all personal lows. While much of that was due to his offensive line, there’s no discussion that it was a difficult New York first year for the triple Pro Bowler.
Still, Bell is considered a star-level force because of its reception power from the rear field. Even if he doesn’t pick up meters on the ground, he remains a productive asset.
Adams, meanwhile, was the best defender of the Jets. Bell had previously expressed optimism that All-Pro safety would not disappear.
“I personally hope he won’t be exchanged,” said Bell two weeks ago. “But I don’t think he will be exchanged. I think he will play with the Jets. That’s me personally, because I don’t think he’s going to be exchanged. Frankly, why trade him. “I wouldn’t trade him.”
In exchange for Adams and a fourth round pick, New York safety received Bradley McDougald, 2021 and 2022 first round picks and a third round selection of 2021, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Those may be quality assets for the franchise, but they won’t provide the short-term lift Bell had wanted when he entered the second half of his career.
The Jets went 7-9 last season. They have not made the playoffs since 2010.