Le’Veon Bell signed with the Jets and social media was quick to remind him that he bet on himself and lost in a big way that’ll hurt his bank account.
The best deal that Le’Veon Bell got from the Jets (4 years, $52 million) is a major concession from the former All-Pro that sitting out last season was a colossal mistake. He bet on himself and lost. He gave up $14.5 million he would have earned on the Steelers franchise tag after declining their offer that would have been the biggest for a back in NFL history.
Nevertheless, he can’t get that money back but he can move forward to resuming a career that saw him average 129 yards from scrimmage to start his career, an NFL record.
Signing with the Jets was always the front-runner for Bell but the Oakland Raiders, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers all had shown some degree of interest during the legal tampering window of NFL free agency.
Now that the news has come down from Adam Schefter after the stroke of midnight on the east coast, the world that stayed up late for the news, was full of extreme reactions to Bell signing with the J-E-T-S. Let’s start the social media reaction with the man himself saying he’s back in green, referencing his college career at Michigan State.
While Bell and Jets fans are excited, Albert Breer was quick to point out Bell’s decision to sit out was some really bad advice.
In case you were wondering, the Jets host the Steelers this year, and you can expect that to be on primetime TV.
Mark your calendars for that game when the schedules are released and make sure you get your hands on what promises to be one of the hotter tickets in the NFL this year.
Of course, this has to be Adam Gase’s reaction to learning he’ll be coaching Bell and have him in the same backfield as Sam Darnold.
The big news was even noticed by the NBA version of Schefter, Adrian Wojnarowski who acknowledged the Schefty bomb.
A few other assorted reactions is a mix of good and bad and in the case of the last two, very funny.
This is pretty funny because the concept of cocky Browns fans after trading for Odell Beckham Jr. is a marvelous development for the NFL.
Do they need to talk about it?
This isn’t gonna come back to haunt him, is it?
How about this?
Now that Bell has his home, the biggest chip left on the free agent market might be Earl Thomas who could be eying a deal with the Browns.