Le’Veon Bell knows a thing or two about playing hardball to get a contract extension, but the Jets running back was not enamored with the news that Jamal Adams was traded to the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday.
Bell ripped his former teammate on Twitter shortly after the trade was reported, taking issue with the fact that Adams forced his way out of town, especially after the fact that the All-Pro safety openly campaigned for the Jets to sign Bell last offseason.
“Ppl do all the hotton & hollerin to get you brought in, just to leave…lol like people weird yooo, the internet got these dudes doin whatever for attention, even when they tell you sh*t they don’t believe themselves,” Bell tweeted.
Adams, who celebrated news of the trade in an Instagram Live video that showed him dancing and smoking a cigar, saw Bell’s tweet and quote-tweeted him, “Noted. See u Week 14!”
Bell appeared to be fuming in his reply, calling Adams a liar, but also said he wishes the best for his former teammate.
A minute later, Bell then fired off a celebratory quote-tweet of the Jets official account welcoming Adams’ replacement – Bradley McDougald – to the team.
Bell and Adams had apparently spoken on the phone two weeks ago about the safety’s contract dispute with the Jets, which left Bell under the impression that Adams would remain with the team, he said in an interview with HOT 97.
Ironically, Bell compared Adams’ situation to his own, which eventually led to his departure from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I think he’s in the same situation I was three years ago,” he said, per ESPN. “He’s a young player. He’s been at the top of the game, playing at a high level and feels like, ‘Dang, I just want to get compensated.”
Bell, of course, fought with the Steelers to get a contract extension but was never able to reach a deal after being placed on the franchise tag twice. Bell decided to sit out the entire 2018 season instead of playing on the tag a second time and signed a four-year deal with the Jets in the offseason.
While the Jets traded Adams – which netted Gang Green two first-round picks and a third-rounder in addition to McDougald – the 24-year-old is still without his extension as he joins Seattle.
However, when Adams requested the Jets trade him, it was not contingent on whether or not the team that trades for Adams sign him to a long-term deal.
For what the Seahawks gave up, though, they may view Adams as a bigger piece of the puzzle.
Despite Adams burning every bridge to get out of town, the former Jet still thanked the fans in a tweet on Saturday.