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Le'Veon Bell released by New York Jets: Players react on social media

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Why the Jets released Bell now vs. waiting for a trade (2:01)

Jeremy Fowler says the Jets didn't want to wait to get Le'Veon Bell out the building, saying things were "untenable" after the Cardinals matchup. Fowler also talks about where Bell might be headed next. (2:01)

When many were expecting the New York Jets to make moves to trade running back Le'Veon Bell, general manager Joe Douglas instead released the veteran late Tuesday. Media members and NFL players, both current and former, including Bell himself, reacted with surprise, questions about the Jets franchise and coach Adam Gase, and inquiries about Bell's next landing spot.

Bell has disappointed for the Jets since he signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract last year, as he has averaged only 3.3 yards per carry with New York -- 51st out of 53 qualifying runners in the NFL during that span.

As a vested veteran, Bell is not subject to waivers. He will be a free agent at 4 p.m. ET Wednesday, and as Bell tweeted Tuesday night, he is "ready to go."

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