Le’Veon Bell Opens up About Jamal Adams Trade Feud With Jets

Getty Le'Veon Bell of the New York Jets

Le’Veon Bell has been there before. The veteran running back sympathized with teammate Jamal Adams in the wake of the rumored trade between the New York Jets and the Dallas Cowboys earlier this week.

“He probably felt a little hurt by it, or you know disgruntled,” Bell told reporters on Thursday. “If I was that age and I was with the Steelers, I would have felt the same way, I did feel the same way.”

Bell added that both sides need to figure out an amicable solution.

“Both sides have to deal with it,” Bell said. “For everything to move forward, they have to work together, squash it and move forward.”

Earlier this week, there were reports the Jets listened to a trade offer for Adams from the Cowboys, but the two teams were never close to finalizing a deal for the disgruntled safety.

“The Rams don’t take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don’t take calls on Tom Brady.” Adams said on Wednesday. “I hold myself in high regard. That’s how I look at myself.”

Despite the drama, Adams says he will continue to be a leader for the Jets on the field.

The Jets will try and move on from the drama this Sunday when they travel south to face the winless Dolphins. A loss against Miami would be a damaging blow in what has already been a tumultuous season for Gangreen.

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Adams Feels Betrayed

The safety claims both parties were on the same page after a meeting last week where Adams expressed his desire to stay in New York.

“At the end of the week last week, I sat down with the GM and Coach Gase and told them I want to be here in New York,” Adams tweeted about two hours after Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline. “I was told yesterday by my agent that the GM then went behind my back and shopped me around to teams, even after I asked him to keep me here! Crazy business.”

The safety broke his silence with team officials earlier this week, sitting down to discuss the matter with owner Christopher Johnson on Thursday, according to reports. However Adams has not yet talked to general manager Joe Douglas or head coach Adam Gase .

“We’ll eventually talk, but I felt comfortable talking to Mr. Johnson,” Adams told the New York Post. “ I felt like we had an understanding. I’ve always had a lot of respect for him. When he said that he wanted to talk, I was down for it. I was happy to talk to him.”

Adam Gase Reacts

Caught in the middle of the trade deadline drama is Adam Gase, who is having his own struggles in his first year as the Jets head coach.

“Anything as far as what’s happened the past week, anything that we’ve been dealing with is going to be handled internally,” Jets head coach Adam Gase told reporters earlier this week.

Gase now has the unenviable task of returning to Miami for the first since being fired by the Dolphins after the 2018 season. The winless Dolphins will be fired up to face Gase and the Jets on Sunday.

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