Not everyone wanted Le’Veon Bell in green.
Head coach Adam Gase — who was promoted to acting GM in the wake of Wednesday’s stunning firing of Mike Maccagnan — did not want to sign the former Steelers running back this offseason, sources told the Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
The disagreement over Bell — who signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal in March — was apparently a key factor in Maccagnan’s ouster.
Not only did Gase not want to sign Bell, but he was against spending big money on any running back.
Bell — who did not show up for recent voluntary workouts with his new team — sat out last season in a contract dispute with the Steelers. Bell, a two-time All-Pro, had refused to play in Pittsburgh on the $14.5 million franchise tag.
Just days after Gase projected a united front at the Jets rookie orientation camp and said he was “pissed” about talk of a rift with Maccagnan, the GM is gone.
“This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately,” Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson said in a statement.
The Jets hired Gase in January to replace the fired Todd Bowles. He had a 23-26 record in three seasons at the helm of the Dolphins.
Maccagnan, who had been on the job since 2015, was given a two-year contract extension in December 2017.
All eyes will be on Bell when he shows up for mandatory minicamp in June.