Bell's comments come after it was reported his signing was part of the reason New York's front office blew up earlier Wednesday, resulting in the surprise firings of general manager Mike Maccagnan and vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger. Johnson says he made the move after assessing what would be in the Jets' best interests.
Rumors of a rift between Maccagnan and Gase floated across NY for weeks, but both were adamant publicly that they shared a healthy working relationship.
ESPN reported that Brian Heimerdinger, the Jets' vice president of player personnel, also was sacked as part of the team's front office shake-up.
Sources inside and outside of the Jets organization also told The Post that it was clear from the start that Maccagnan and Gase could clash due to their different personalities.
Maccagnan had two years left on his contract.
And with Maccagnan out, Douglas could be in, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
However, it's hard to make the case that the Jets didn't see Lee's coverage woes coming, as his first two years in the National Football League very much mirrored his final two years in college: an overall performance that was somewhat buoyed by plus production against the run and tanked by struggles in coverage. That gives us a good view into the inner workings and power struggle of the New York Jets and a clear example of why Maccagnan is out.
Lee, 24, was a first-round pick of the Jets in 2016, when the team selected the 6-foot-1, 232-pounder 20th overall out of Ohio State. Lee's spot on the Jets' roster was uncertain after NY signed C.J. Mosley to anchor the inside linebacker position with Avery Williamson.
Gase is heralded as one of the NFL's top offensive minds.
In the meantime, Gase will oversee all roster moves as the Jets enter the next phase of the offseason with organized team activities set to begin next week.
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