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Le’Veon Bell: ‘No regrets’ over signing with Jets

The Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes were believed to have come down to two teams, and hindsight would say the superstar running back arguably chose poorly. That said, Bell insists he has “no regrets” over choosing the New York Jets.

Bell ultimately opted to take the highest reported offer in free agency after the Jets offered him a four-year, $52.5 million contract. The team said to be Bell’s other primary option were the San Francisco 49ers. Bell claimed after signing his contract with the Jets that the 49ers offered him a three-year, $40 million deal.

The Jets have stumbled out of the gate, limping to a 1-4 record, although the team’s struggles can be somewhat attributed to Sam Darnold’s lengthy absence due to mono.

The 49ers (5-0), on the other hand, are one of the two remaining undefeated teams in the NFL. A reasonable assumption would be that Bell in retrospect may regret the decision to pick the Jets over the Niners. That’s not the case, Bell insists.

“No regrets,” Bell told Gary Myers of The Athletic. “You can’t predict Sam (Darnold) getting sick or guys getting hurt. We have a lot of injuries. It’s been a rough start. In football, there’s four quarters in a game. The beautiful thing about the NFL season is it’s like four quarters. We just finished the first quarter. It’s not about how you start a season, it’s how you finish it. I’m excited we got our quarterback back, guys are starting to click, the offensive line is starting to click better. Guys understand the offense a little better.”

Bell has not enjoyed an outstanding start to the season, averaging only 3.0 yards per carry and one touchdown. Meanwhile, in the passing game where Bell typically excels, he has fared better with 28 receptions for 169 yards and a touchdown.

Again, Bell’s overall struggles could be largely pinned on Darnold’s absence, as evidenced by how the second-year signal-caller led the Jets to an upset victory over the Cowboys in Week 6. Perhaps, then, it may be premature to say Bell’s decision to sign with the Jets was a poor one.