The Facts: Bell, the subject of rampant trade speculation, isn't going anywhere in 2020. That was the message delivered Tuesday by GM Joe Douglas, who addressed Bell's future with reporters at the NFL scouting combine. Douglas said there have been no trade discussions, adding that he has no plans to shop the former Pro Bowl back. "There hasn't been talk as far as him going anywhere," Douglas said. "We're excited about Le'Veon. Le'Veon has been a great teammate. I can't tell you how great he's been. ... We're excited to have him."
Diehards Line: Bell, 28, who came to the Jets last offseason on a huge free-agent deal, had the worst statistical season of his career. In 15 games, the former Pittsburgh Steelers star rushed for only 789 yards on 3.2 per carry, totaling only four touchdowns as a runner and receiver. Douglas defended Bell's performance, attributing to his poor numbers to a substandard offensive line. Of course, the Jets probably couldn't trade Bell even if they wanted to. As ESPN.com's Rich Cimini notes, the running back is due to make $13.5 million in 2020, all of which is fully guaranteed. It's an immovable contract unless they agree to pay a large chunk of his salary, and that appears unlikely. The Jets can move on from Bell after the 2020 season, when there's no guaranteed money left in his contract.