Former Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could be on the move again.
The New York Jets, which signed Bell to a four-year, $52 million contract over the offseason, are looking into trading him before Tuesday’s NFL trade deadline, according to a report by Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News.
Sources: Jets looking to trade Le’Veon Bell before 4 pm deadline.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 29, 2019
Bell has rushed 109 times for 349 yards over the first seven games for the Jets for a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry average. He’s also caught 32 passes for 187 yards and has two total touchdowns.
Under new head coach Adam Gase, Bell was supposed to be one of the key pieces for a revamped Jets team, along with wide receiver Jamison Crowder and linebacker C.J. Mosley.
But the Jets have fallen into a 1-6 hole after poor play from second-year starting quarterback Sam Darnold and an inconsistent offensive line have combined to make the Jets No. 31 in the league in scoring offense and No. 32 in yards per game.
Trading Bell would leave the Jets with significant salary cap penalties, accruing a $6 million dead cap hit in 2020.
The Steelers could potentially be in the market for a running back this week, with James Conner, Jaylen Samuels and Benny Snell all dealing with injuries, but they don’t have what the Jets would likely be looking for in exchange for Bell — a 2020 first-round draft pick — which the Steelers already traded to Miami for safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.
NFL to Hold Draft Virtually
The 2020 NFL Draft will be conducted in a “fully virtual format,” Commissioner Roger Goodell announced in a memo to teams on Monday.
The Draft will still take place as scheduled from April 23-25th, but NFL teams will have to conduct it “entirely outside of their team facilities” with “club personnel in separate locations.” Personnel will be permitted to communicate with each other throughout the process by phone or Internet.
Now official: NFL now has informed teams it will do a virtual draft this year. GMs and HCs now will be drafting from their homes. pic.twitter.com/t2mbdjWvVZ— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2020
The league says that the decision to make the draft entirely virtual comes as it attempts to “comply with government directives and to model safe and appropriate health practices.”
The choice to hold the draft in an entirely virtual format comes as the league tries to balance the competitive integrity of the process with ensuring the health and safety of all those involved.
Goodell also acknowledged that some teams may be more advanced than others in having the resources to conduct the Draft in this way, but that the league is “confident that all clubs can take the necessary steps” to make it a success.
The NFL is still planning to televise the 2020, just in a simpler, studio format.
Antonio Brown Hires Agent
As part of his continued pursuit of returning to play in the NFL, Antonio Brown has hired veteran agent Ed Wasielewski of EMG Sports to represent him, the agent told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.
This news comes only days after it was announced Brown will face charges from a January incident with a moving company in Broward County, Florida. Brown is also being investigated for sexual assault and rape.
The former NFL wide receiver had previously been represented by Drew Rosenhaus, before the famous agent decided to step away from representing Brown, even going as far as to say his client needed to seek mental help.
In other Antonio Brown news, and keeping with the polarizing tone to his career, Brown was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team.
Antonio Brown Facing Charges from January Incident
Antonio Brown’s road to redemption just got even more complicated. The former NFL receiver is reportedly facing charges that stem from a January incident.
Brown, who is already being investigated by the NFL for sexual assault and rape, has officially been charged with felony burglary conveyance, misdemeanor battery, and misdemeanor criminal mischief by authorities in Broward County, Florida.
Previously, Brown had been charged with felony burglary and battery after allegedly refusing to pay the driver for moving expenses and then physically confronting and assaulting the driver. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, that charge was not included in the official list of counts Brown now faces.