NFL Analyst: Jets Should Make A Run At Bell

Le'Veon Bell isn't just a marquee name, Chris Wesseling says; he's a difference-making talent – and the Jets need him

March 12, 2019 - 8:20 am

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The New York Jets have agreed to sign former Redskins receiver Jamison Crowder to a three-year, $28.5 million deal with $17 million guaranteed. It’s a nice addition to an offense desperate for playmakers, but it doesn’t exactly move the Jets’ needle. 

Adding Le’Veon Bell, however, would.

“I think they need not just a marquee name; they need a difference-making talent,” writer Chris Wesseling said on Ferrall on the Bench. “What do they hang their hat on? I don’t think Sam Darnold is that guy quite yet where he can carry the offense.”

Darnold, the No. 3 overall pick last year, threw for 2,865 yards, 17 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games as a rookie. Only one Jet – Robby Anderson – finished with at least 40 catches or 600 receiving yards.

“I do think they should make a run at Bell,” Wesseling said. “It seems that they’re in, but the reports trickling out of New York are that they’re in but they’re not willing to go all-in if someone wants to make it a bidding war.” 

In fact, there are reports that Bell could join Antonio Brown in Oakland. Brown was almost traded to Buffalo but forced his way to the Raiders.

“It seemed like everyone was saying, ‘Can Antonio Brown maintain his dignity if they send him to Siberia?’” Wesseling said of Buffalo. “Then he scuttles that, or we get word that probably the contract demands aren’t there for Buffalo and Antonio Brown. So then he sort of goes to West Coast Siberia – to a team that’s been even worse than the Bills the last couple of years, but they were willing to meet his financial asking price.”

The Bills have finished 8-8 or better in three of the last five seasons. The Raiders, meanwhile, have finished 8-8 or better just three times since 2002.

“I was just a little thrown off by the reaction that Buffalo would have been a horrible place for him to go,” Wesseling said, “but it’s totally cool that he’s going to the Raiders, who, to me, are a worse organization right now.”