Trask on signing disruptive players: NFL teams “do that all the time”

Former NFL executive Amy Trask explains why teams roll the dice on players like Earl Thomas and Le’Veon Bell

After Hours With Amy Lawrence
October 15, 2020 - 10:12 am
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In August, the Baltimore Ravens released former All-Pro safety Earl Thomas for conduct detrimental to the team. And, on Tuesday, the New York Jets released former All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell.

Both players have a history of being disruptive, sure, but both players will likely get another opportunity with another team this season.

“Teams do that all the time,” former NFL executive and current CBS Sports analyst Amy Trask said on After Hours with Amy Lawrence. “They think that just because there was an issue with a player on another team or two more teams or three other teams, we can do this. I know this from experience. You think, ‘We can handle what another team didn’t, even if it looks like this has been a problem in many, many places.’”

Bell, 28, signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019, but he didn’t make it through two seasons in New York. Things also ended poorly in Pittsburgh, where Bell played from 2013 to 2018 and became one of the best backs in football.

Still, look for him to get signed sooner rather than later.

“The fact is, teams – between now and the end of the season – are going to suffer injuries at any number of positions, and when those injuries start racking up, they may look to Earl or to Le’Veon or to any other player that’s not signed,” Trask said. “So I don’t know that the final chapter has been written for this season for those players.”