Le'Veon Bell plays peacemaker on Jets mess: 'I'm used to this'

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The New York Jets stunningly fired general manager Mike Maccagnan Wednesday, a decision that came after he directed the team’s 2019 draft and free agency moves.

Vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger also lost his job.

The timing of the moves made waves as the team is obviously moving forward with the revamped roster built under the jettisoned front office without the architects having the opportunity to see their moves through.

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Rift over Bell’s contract a source of conflict

The firings beg the question of why? A difference of opinion on newly signed running back Le’Veon Bell might be the answer.

First-year head coach Adam Gase reportedly wasn’t on board with paying Bell the four-year, $52.5 million deal he agreed to in March.

As organizational chaos engulfs the Jets, Le'Veon Bell has made an effort to be the voice of reason. (AP)
As organizational chaos engulfs the Jets, Le'Veon Bell has made an effort to be the voice of reason. (AP)

Yahoo Sports’ Charles Robinson shed more light on the rift in New York Wednesday, tweeting that there were “philosophical differences” between the front office and sideline on how the roster should be built in free agency.

With Maccagnan gone, the reports that Gase didn’t believe in paying Bell left behind a potentially awkward situation between a head coach and star player starting their first season together on a new team.

Bell tweets: ‘I’m here to win football games’

Bell, who’s no stranger to intraorganizational conflict, took the topic head on via Twitter on Wednesday night, vowing to tune out the noise and do his job.

Le’Veon the peacemaker

Given the opportunity to speak on the issue, Bell chose to tamp down the volatile situation rather than fan the flames.

It’s a solid move by Bell. Even if Gase truly doesn’t want Bell on his roster at that price, he has him. There’s nothing to be done about it now.

Gase and Bell will be working together closely as featured players during the Jets 2019 season and likely beyond. Bell’s tweets act as an olive branch to let Gase know he doesn’t intend to make an issue out of the reports.

It’s a new era for Bell, who left the Pittsburgh Steelers over a longstanding contract dispute. While he’s the subject of team turmoil, he’s not the source of it here.

And now that he’s been paid, he’s happy to play peacemaker.

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