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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — With two games before the Oct. 29 NFL trading deadline, the New York Jets need to think long and hard about dealing running back Le’Veon Bell, a square peg in what has become a round hole of a season.
It might be wishful thinking because of Bell’s enormous salary, one that caused almost immediate buyer’s remorse. He’s earning a guaranteed base salary of $8.5 million, which means he still will be owed $5 million at the deadline. No right-minded team will trade for that price tag, so the Jets would have to eat some of the money and maybe get creative by including a late-round draft pick in the package.
At 0-5, the Jets are going nowhere and they should devote the remainder of this lost season to evaluating rookie La’Mical Perine, who has talent but was curiously ignored in Sunday’s 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals. It’s time to think about the future. They can ride with Perine and Frank Gore, giving Bell the “Get out of jail”