2:48 PM ET
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — One day after the stunning decision to release running back Le’Veon Bell, New York Jets coach Adam Gase showed no interest in explaining the rationale behind the controversial move.
Gase borrowed from the Bill Belichick playbook, telling reporters Wednesday, “It is what it is. … Our team is moving forward to Miami.”
The usually expansive Gase stuck with short answers. Responding to the perception that he misused Bell, he said simply, “It’s irrelevant at this point.”
The Jets cut the former Pittsburgh Steelers star Tuesday night after failing to find a trade partner. Bell, 28, was set to become a free agent at 4 p.m. ET on Wednesday.
Bell was frustrated throughout his one-plus season with the Jets, a source said, and the breaking point occurred Sunday when he felt he should’ve been a bigger part of the game plan in a 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
Gase called it “a tough decision to make, but we felt like it was the best [decision] for us.”
It was a costly decision. The Jets are on the hook for his remaining 2020 base salary, $6 million.
Interestingly, Gase said