Le’Veon Bell has entered the free agency pool after a dispute with Jets coach Adam Gase led to his release from Gang Green. The Jets head coach has been in the headlines more and more, and for the worst reasons.
The Jets continue a downward spiral under his leadership or rather lack thereof. In pushing out Bell, many ask if this was another Gase mishap, underutilizing the player. Gase from the beginning showed friction with Bell. With constant losses and this recent player release, Gase appears to be the next head coach to be fired.
Former Chargers and Cowboys quarterback Ryan Leaf, joined Sportsnaut’s Dave Briggs to discuss what’s next for the embattled running back. He broke down what went wrong between Bell and the Jets and his options as a free agent.
#LeVeonBell release could be very bad news for Saquon Barkley and other big ticket running backs. Ryan Leaf @RyanDLeaf and Sportsnaut's Dave Brigg @davebriggstv talk about the end of the $15m RB. #NautOpinionated #TakeFlight #Jets #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/ppu4PzH71H— Sportsnaut (@Sportsnaut) October 15, 2020
Leaf also details other reasons for the Jets-Bell breakup, breaking down how Bell didn’t receive the money he expected in joining the Jets. He believes this should have lit a fire in Le’Veon to prove his worth. Instead, an inability to be effective on the field and Gase’s immediate opposition to the running back were issues that sealed his fate.
Briggs explains how he thinks Bell checked out, regardless of where he goes next, believing that once Le’Veon received his Jets payday, he allowed his abilities to dwindle. Time will tell if it was Gase who held down Bell or if the running back doesn’t have the drive he once did. Many teams are being discussed for Bell’s next move.
Leaf also describes what he believes is a significant issue facing NFL teams -- paying running backs too high of a salary. The former Chargers and Cowboys quarterback explains how most teams skimp out on paying more vital team roles to flood running backs’ pockets. Leaf breaks down exactly where teams should spend the most and how that will potentially produce more victories.