Jets: 5 2021 NFL Draft replacements for departed Le’Veon Bell

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Jets: 5 2021 NFL Draft replacements for departed Le’Veon Bell. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

The Jets must now replace running back Le’Veon Bell

Ever since superstar running back Le’Veon Bell decided to hold out for an entire NFL season, his career has gone downhill fast. Bell was with the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time, and was unhappy about the franchise’s reluctance to offer him a contract extension of his liking. Bell sat out the entire 2018 season, becoming a free agent in the Spring of 2019.

While Bell’s market was not what he anticipated, he still got a very nice contract. The star running back signed a four year, $52 Million contract with the New York Jets. New York had young quarterback Sam Darnold, a new head coach in Adam Gase, and some other big free agent acquisitions in receiver Jamison Crowder and linebacker C.J. Mosely. There was some excitement in the building for the first time in quite a while.

That excitement quickly faded for the Jets

Year one was a struggle, to say the least. Bell’s numbers decreased across the board. He was worse in 2019 compared to 2017 in touches, rushing yards, receiving yards, touchdowns, and yards per touch. Sam Darnold missed four games with mononucleosis and ultimately did not take the jump that many thought he would. Head coach Adam Gase had disagreements with numerous players, including his big money running back.

In 2020, everything has come tumbling down for the Jets. They are 0-5 and their season has been marred by injuries, bad play at quarterback, bad coaching, and friction between the players and the coaching staff. Earlier this week, Bell “liked” multiple Twitter posts sighting his lack of usage in the Jets latest loss. Today, it was announced that New York would be releasing Bell.

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