The Jets GM Joe Douglas actually tried to send Le’Veon Bell to the Patriots.
What’s the word for when a rivalry becomes so sad that the depressing side is actively trying to sell the competitive side on adding the losers’ top players? Whatever that word is (maybe it’s German?), that’s what the Patriots and Jets have going on right now.
Somehow, the new HC of the NYJ bungled the Le’Veon Bell situation so dramatically that, unable to find a trade partner for the running back who they repeatedly misused, the team was forced to release him into the wild.
But not before GM Joe Douglas made a valiant attempt to hand Bell directly to the Patriots! Yes, in the hours before Bell’s release, one of the final calls Douglas made was to New England, the one team I’d most specifically want to avoid if I were a Jets fan.
According to WEEI:
"“The last conversions for a trade that the Jets had were with the Miami Dolphins, the Las Vegas Raiders, and the New England Patriots,” he said on ESPN Wednesday. “They had conversations with those teams, the issue was nobody was willing to take on Le’Veon Bell’s contract at this time. So, the Jets made the decision to move on from Le’Veon Bell.”"
Very telling, too, that once Bell was released, two of his top destinations were in-division. Oh, you don’t want me? Well, the Bills and Dolphins might!
Clearly, nobody on the Jets is even attempting to compete with New England anymore (which never happens anyway, no matter how hard they’re trying!). Might as well just fulfill your destiny and officially become our farm team then. When’s Darnold available? Might be a nice bench piece for us. Could learn under Hoyer.
Once again, just to recap, the Jets signed Bell, who many folks in the team’s leadership group didn’t want, fired the GM who signed him, then worked to deemphasize him until they set him free. Now he’s on the Chiefs.
But if the team’s chief decision-maker had his way, he could’ve been splitting carries in the Patriots backfield.
Different names, different faces, same old Jets. They’ve given up.