Le’Veon Bell‘s recent thoughts on the Jamal Adams situation are quite revealing and great news for the New York Jets.
You know what they say: a great talk goes a long way. I’m not too sure who says it, or if it’s even been uttered once over the course of Earth’s long history, but it makes sense.
As transcribed by ESPN’s Rich Cimini, New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell provided thoughts on the Jamal Adams situation that are quite revealing in the end. The two NFL stars recently spoke to one another and the results are Bell’s words.
Firstly, at this point at least, there is no hardened game Adams is playing (or at least still playing). Bell speaking the following words would be a major problem for No. 33 if that were true.
“I think he wants to be [with the Jets], I just think he wants to get paid,” Bell told Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97 radio in New York on Friday.
Adams, 24, has experienced the most turbulent offseason of his young professional career. Wanting an extension prior to the fourth year of his rookie deal, Adams’ noise has risen to levels that of replying to Jets fans on social media and officially requesting a trade.
While the Jets have maintained the message that they want to keep Adams long-term, paying a first-round rookie after his third year is very rare—especially a defender.
Mind your business?
The new school methodology promotes equal but separate. All for one but every man for himself. To see a teammate sticking his nose into the business of another’s financial matters is always an interesting occurrence.
Remember what Damon Harrison said during the early stages of the Adams’ fiasco:
No it won’t. It’s business and the number one rule of it is to mind your own. https://t.co/3Vz22gJJDt
— Damon Harrison Sr. (@snacks) June 22, 2020
Snacks’ claims make no sense—as I addressed in an earlier column. On the surface and through the public, this is usually par for the course, but these guys aren’t robots. Of course feelings within the locker room exist. Above that, teammates still go public, as we’re currently witnessing right now with Bell.
After all, it was two of Bell’s teammates, Maurkice Pouncey and Ramon Foster, who called out Bell in 2018—a year he was scheduled to play on a second-consecutive franchise tag while making only a fraction of the noise Adams has. If anybody understands, it’s Bell.
“I think he’s in the same situation I was three years ago. He’s a young player,” Bell said. “He’s been at the top of the game, playing at a high level and feels like, ‘Dang, I just want to get compensated.'”
Either way, it’s clear Bell is speaking on an issue most NFL players would stay away from completely. That is, unless, Adams wants him to speak on it publicly.
Cover blown or a continuing game?
As Jet X film guru Joe Blewett mentioned on Twitter, Bell’s words are extremely revealing for one particular aspect: the two supposedly had a “long discussion.”
For him to come to this conclusion after the two had a “long discussion” is something of note https://t.co/pldSN0ClDw
— Joe Blewett (@Joerb31) July 11, 2020
It first reveals one of two things. Either Adams has always wanted to be a Jet and the offseason nonsense was simply a strategy to get paid, or he now suddenly wants to be a Jet after the blowback experienced.
The only other possibility would have Bell speaking completely out of turn. Assuming Adams and Bell had this conversation, and the latter is speaking on it in a manner the former dislikes, it’s about to be World War III on social media. How could it not be after what Jets fandom has experienced with Adams over the last month and change?
If all is well, perhaps this is the olive branch needed to reimmerse himself into Jets land, that Jets locker room he’s fit so nicely in over the last three seasons.
“Me, personally, I hope he doesn’t get traded,” Bell said. “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.”
The possibility does exist that Bell spoke honestly on Hot 97 and Adams could not care less, but hey… there’s serious money at stake here. Anything that Adams perceives as a negative mark on his chances to scare the Jets organization into paying him could be a major problem moving forward.
For now, Adams is still the Jets’ best player and Bell is on a mission to make everybody forget about his 3.2 yards per carry first act in Northern Jersey. If little noise is heard over the next few days, and then weeks, leading up to training camp, the running back’s words will serve as that bridge to a fourth professional season in Florham Park—with no holdout. As Bell detailed, it didn’t help matters.
“Everybody talked about the offensive line and everybody talked about me not getting the ball, but, damn, Le’Veon, were you at your best?” he said. “I can literally look at myself in the eye and say, ‘No. No, I wasn’t.'”
There are only three things we do know: Jamal Adams wants to play football, be fairly compensated and win. Le’Veon Bell clearly understands, which is why he may just be his closest New York Jets confidant.