FLORHAM PARK, NJ – New York Jets trainer Adam Gase, whose relationship with Le & # 39; Veon Bell is already under a microscope, insisted Thursday that he is "thrilled" to get the star back on the team.
Gase rejected speculation he is interested in trading Bell before the season.
"That's ridiculous," Gase said. "That's the first thing I've heard about it."
The Gase-Bell mating became a problem last week when the team fired general manager Mike Maccagnan, who lasted only four months with Gase. Sources said Gase protested against the Bell signature because of the steep price tag – a four-year $ 52.5 million contract.
At his first press conference since the front office shake-up, which some believe was the result of a power struggle between Gase and Maccagnan, Gase praised Bell as a player, but suggested he wasn't a fan of paying so much for him in it free office.
"Whether we disagree on something economical, it's a completely different story than the person or player," Gase said. "This is where much of this is misunderstood. Leon Bell is a great player. He is a good person."
The gas was asked if the jets overpaid for Bell.
"No, the contract was what it was," he said. "Everyone can criticize contracts whatever you want, but he's here, I'm thrilled to be here. I think the players are excited that he's here. I think the coaches are."
"When you get the chance to train a big player, a guy who has done things that no one else has done in the league, we are happy for this opportunity. I am excited to get him in the offense so I can begin to figure out what else we can do with him and what he hasn't done. "
Bell has skipped the majority of the volunteer training programs, including the first three OTA training programs. Gase said he is in constant communication with Bell via text and that Bell sends him his training videos as he posts on social media.
"All you get on Instagram, I get it first," Gase said.
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Asked-blank if they want to trade the former Pittsburgh Steelers star, Gase said, "No."
Gase also shot the notion that he was not keen on midlineback CJ Mosley's record-setting, five years, $ 85 million deal in free agency.
"We did everything we could to get him," G ase said. "I think I took a pay cut. Whatever we do to get him, that's what we had to do."
Gase was defensive and reiterated that he had no role in the ownership decision to dismiss Maccagnan. Sources said there was a gap between the two men, and Gase admitted there were "disagreements about a few things, but there was no personal rift".
Instead of giving them a season to make their differences, CEO Christopher Johnson made the decision to shut down Maccagnan after empowering him to hire Gase, spending unseen money in the free agency and running the draft.
Now they are in the early stages of a GM search. Gase, whose title is GM, confirmed that he will be involved in the process. He downplayed the notion that he will choose the next GM that says it will be Johnson's call.
"I don't really hang out with yes men, so if anyone I already know, it won't be anyone who is a yes man," Gase said.
The new GM will have the last word on the roster that Maccagnan did. Gase, who controlled the roaster in Miami, said he was fine with the Jets & # 39; power structure. He said "a group of us" will present their ideas about the search for Johnson and then begin interviewing candidates.
"There is some kind of what some teams are looking for in a GM," Gase said. "He's looking for something a little different."