Jets head coach and interim GM Adam Gase was at the podium before another OTA on Thursday, and as one would expect, he fielded questions about Le'Veon Bell.
It was reported earlier this month that Gase wasn't a fan of Bell's contract, which was one of the reasons a supposed rift was put between him and former GM Mike Maccagnan.
While shooting down the rift reports as well, Gase said he is excited to have Bell in his backfield.
"We signed him. I'm excited we have him," he said. "I've been in constant communication with him."
Those comments were seen by Bell on Twitter, and he basically confirmed that the two talk on a daily basis while he is training on his own instead of in Florham Park at the Jets' facility/
Yup ✊ Let's get it Coach ✈ https://t.co/1lZHScntjz- Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 23, 2019
With all the talk of disfunction in the Jets' camp, it was good to see this exchange between player and coach. Bell was brought in on his four-year, $52.5 million contract to be the backbone of the Jets' offense for the foreseeable future. Gase is going to be tasked to get the ball in Bell's hands as much as possible, as his versatile skillset to run and catch makes him very dangerous to opponents.
And Gase is looking forward to that. I mean, who wouldn't want Bell -- even if he is a full year removed from game action -- on their team. That fact is why Gase also shot down the rumors that the Jets could trade him away.
"That's ridiculous," Gase said. "That's the first time I heard of that."
It's never good to see these types of stories in the news before training camp starts, let alone the season. But Gase and Bell both seem to let it go in one ear and out the other as they focus on turning the Jets around together.