According to the running back, there is no reason to fret about him missing voluntary practices with the New York Jets, as he knows what's best for him to be at his best.
He posted as much Monday on social media in response to a quandary about when he would come to practice.
"When it's time to play football ... I got to stick to the formula that I know works for me to be the best player I can be," Bell wrote. "I'm not just tryna win football games, I want a ring!"
Hence, it's been awhile since Bell has participated in a team practice.
"I mean, it's voluntary," Gase said via USA Today. "That's the rules. ... It's not one of those things where we're going to spend a ton of time asking questions. When the guys show up, we're going to try to help them get better."
Getting better hasn't exactly been a problem for Bell, a two-time All-Pro with three 1,000-yard rushing seasons and 75 or more catches in just as many campaigns. The showing up part has been a question, though.
Up next for the Jets is the first of three organized team activities offseason workouts on May 21, followed by the remaining two on May 28 and June 10. Obviously, it'll be interesting to see if Bell rings in for those or if he waits until mandatory minicamp on June 4.
Nonetheless, it's not now in which Bell is worried. It's producing when it matters most.
"I'll take the heat right now," he wrote, "everybody will forget about that once January comes around."