Le’Veon Bell “No Regrets” Over 2018 SeasonBy Connor Lynch
Newly signed New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell has said he doesn’t regret sitting out the 2018 NFL season.
Le’Veon Bell was involved in a contract standoff with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the entirety of last season.
He refused to sign the franchise tag placed on him by the Steelers. Le’Veon Bell then ended up sitting out the whole season in the hopes of getting more guaranteed money.
He spoke to the press after it was announced that he had signed with the New York Jets. He told reporters that he was happy with the way everything played out.
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“I don’t regret anything that happened,” Le’Veon Bell said.
“Obviously, everything happened for a reason. Who can say if I played last year if I do go out there and play on a one-year (deal) or franchise tag that I do get hurt, do I end up sitting here today being with the New York Jets? On the other side of it, if I go out there and do play on the franchise tag and I get another 400 carries, who’s to say that a team would pay me after 400 carries?”
“The Jets just kinda were the team that I kinda had in the back of my mind where I wanted to go,” Bell said.
“So, you know, once the numbers made sense to me it wasn’t really a hard decision. I made a decision and I’m happy with the decision I made. Today I woke up, you know, feeling amazing. I’m happy where I’m at.”
However happy he might be, he’s still missed a year of competitive NFL action. According to Bell, that is a blessing and not a curse.
“It’s the best my body’s really ever felt in my life,” Bell declared.
“There’s nothing that even comes close to comparing how I feel. Literally just resting and letting my body heal. … My body got so much rest, I’ve got so much built up in me, it’s time to let go. This is the best I’ve literally ever felt in my life — that I can remember.”