Jets running back Le’Veon Bell signed as a free agent with the franchise before last season partly because of the persistent recruiting effort of safety Jamal Adams, who courted him for months to come to MetLife Stadium.
But the friendship between the pair might be permanently strained now that Adams has forced his way out. Following months of open hostility toward his own team, Adams was reportedly dealt to the Seahawks on Saturday.
Bell wasn’t happy with that outcome and took an apparent shot at Adams via Twitter.
Bell wrote: “Ppl do all the hootin & hollerin to get you brought in, just to leave…lol like people weird yooo, the internet got these dudes doin whatever for attention, even when they tell you sh*t they don’t believe themselves.”
He later added that he was more motivated than mad.
ppl do all the hootin & hollerin to get you brought in, just to leave…lol like people weird yooo, the internet got these dudes doin whatever for attention, even when they tell you sh*t they don’t believe themselves
— Le’Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 25, 2020
Bell, no 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 rushing touchdowns (3) were all personal lows. While much of that could be attributed to his offensive line, there is no debating it was a tough first year in New York for the three-time Pro Bowler.
Still, Bell is considered a star-level force because of his receiving ability out of the backfield. Even when he isn’t picking up yards on the ground, he remains a productive asset.
Adams, meanwhile, was the Jets’ best defensive player. Bell had previously expressed optimism the All-Pro safety wouldn’t leave.
“Me, personally, I hope he doesn’t get traded,” Bell said two weeks ago. “But I don’t think he’ll get traded. I do think he’ll be playing with the Jets. That’s just me, personally, because I don’t think he’s going to get traded. Honestly, why would you trade him? I wouldn’t trade him.”
In return for Adams and a fourth-round draft pick, New York received safety Bradley McDougald, 2021 and 2022 first-round picks and a 2021 third-round selection, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Those might be quality assets for the franchise, but they won’t provide the short-term lift Bell would have wanted as he enters the second half of his career.
The Jets went 7-9 last season. They haven’t made the playoffs since 2010.