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Jets release RB Le’Veon Bell

The New York Jets have released running back Le’Veon Bell, the team announced Tuesday.

“After having conversations with Le’Veon and his agent and exploring potential trade options over the past couple of days, we have made the decision to release Le’Veon,” Jets General Manager Joe Douglas said in a statement. “The Jets organization appreciates Le’Veon’s efforts during his time here and we know he’s worked hard to make significant contributions to this team.

“We believe this decision is in the best interest of both parties and wish him future success.”

Bell’s release leaves behind $15 million of dead cap space in 2020 and another $4 million in 2021 to the Jets, according to Sportrac. He has $6 million remaining on his 2020 salary — fully guaranteed.

Bell earned $28 million across 18 games played for New York, according to Sportrac.

Bell has disappointed since signing a four-year, $52.5 million contract last year, as he has averaged only 3.3 yards per carry with the Jets — 51st out of 53 qualifying runners in the NFL during that span.

— Information from Around The NFL was used in this report.

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