Disgruntled star Le’Veon Bell has continued his holdout into Week 4 of the NFL season, and the Steelers have had enough. Pittsburgh has made it clear that they are not willing to give Bell the contract he desires, and have decided to explore possible trade options for their franchise player. Three teams appear to be in the running for the halfback, including the New York Jets.
The Jets haven’t had a star running back on their roster for some time now, and could be seeking to acquire Le’Veon to bolster their subpar offensive unit. Bell would undoubtedly uplift the organization’s run game as he is widely considered the best RB in the NFL when he is between the white lines. Bell is a three-time Pro-Bowler and three-time All-Pro honoree, which only begins to describe his abilities on the football field. He is an extremely patient ball-handler who is able to wait for holes to open up in the opposing team’s defense and attack them with aggression. His combination of speed and elusiveness is unmatched.
If you’re a Jets fan, it’s hard to not get excited when you hear your favorite team is in the conversation for the league’s top running back, but I wouldn’t say it’s time to celebrate just yet. Although it is a possibility, Bell has publicly stated that it would take a lot of cash for him to come to New York. In an interview earlier in the year, he said he would have to receive at least $95 million to join Gang Green.
Whether Bell ends up sporting green and white remains to be seen but only time will tell where Le’Veon continues his already accomplished playing career.
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According to reports, Former Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz has decided to hang up his cleats and begin a new chapter in his life as an analyst for ESPN.
Cruz’s story is one that no one will soon forget. Undrafted out of the University of Massachusetts, he was signed by the Giants in the preseason. He was fighting for a roster spot, way down in the depth chart at the wide receiver position. Coupled by his stellar play and some injuries to other wideouts, Big Blue decided to keep him around. He worked his way up from the bottom and would go on to be an important part of New York’s success for years to come.
In his first full two seasons with the Giants, Cruz recorded 1,536 yards with 9 touchdowns, and 1,092 yards along with ten touchdowns, respectively. However, 2011 was clearly the more memorable for the former Pro-Bowler. In that year, he earned Second Team All-Pro honors for his outstanding performance during the season and even tied an NFL record that will stand as long as the clock continues to turn, recording a 99-yard reception on Christmas Eve against the other team that represents the Big Apple, the New York Jets.
Cruz along with the rest of his teammates would eventually go on to win the Super Bowl that year, taking down Tom Brady and the New England Patriots yet again. He performed well in the big game given Belichek’s specific instructions to his defense to shut him down completely to force Eli’s hand to get his secondary options more involved. Cruz caught every ball thrown at him, totaling four receptions for 25 yards, including a 2-yard touchdown pass for the first end zone trip of the game for either team.
Now that his career is officially over, Cruz intends to pursue other opportunities in football at ESPN. “As I officially close one chapter of my life and begin another, I could not be more thrilled to join another championship team at ESPN,” said Cruz. “I’m excited to get started and share my insight and analysis with the viewers and fans of the NFL.”
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