BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — If the Jets want to sign free-agent-to-be Le’Veon Bell, they’re going to need to back up a couple of money trucks.
A Twitter user, saying he was “speaking on behalf of the Jets,” asked Bell if $60 million would be enough for him to play in New York. Bell wasn’t having it.
“That ain’t enough to come run with the Jets,” Bell tweeted back to the fan, using an emoji of a face rolling its eyes.
The Jets will have a projected $78 million in salary-cap space this spring, and it most likely will increase after the expected releases of Muhammad Wilkerson and Matt Forte. The Jets also could restructure the contract of Buster Skrine to create more cap room.
One of the Jets’ biggest holes is running back. Forte gained a career-low 381 yards on 103 carries and was placed on injured reserve late in the season because of knee discomfort. Bilal Powell led the Jets in rushing with 772 yards with five touchdowns. The Jets ranked 21st in the NFL, averaging 4 yards a carry, and 19th in rushing yards with 1,702.
Bell is considered one of the top backs in the NFL. He had a league-high 321 rushing attempts for the Steelers this season. He finished third in rushing yards with 1,291 and tied for third with nine rushing TDs.