Many thought the Colts could make sense for Bell, seeing as he would give them a dynamic offensive weapon and they have more than enough cap space to sign him.
However, Colts GM Chris Ballard made it clear that they were still going to be judicious in terms of who they sign and the amount of money they’re paying for free agents.
As for Bell, the Raiders and Jets have been mentioned as teams to watch in recent days, but it remains to be seen how large his market is overall. Of the two, the Jets seem like the team to watch.
Bell reportedly turned down a five-year, $70 million offer from the Steelers that included $33 million guaranteed, so he’ll be looking to top those numbers in free agency.
Bell, 26, is a former second-round pick of the Steelers back in 2013. He played out the final year of his four-year, $4,120,600 rookie contract, but Pittsburgh used their franchise tag on him.
Last year, the Steelers decided to franchise Bell for the second straight year, but he elected to hold out the entire 2018 season and set himself up for free agency in 2019.
In 2017, Bell appeared in 15 games for the Steelers and rushed for 1, 291yards on 321 carries (4 YPC) to go along with 85 receptions for 655 yards receiving and 11 total touchdowns. Pro Football Focus had him rated as the No. 9 running back out of 58 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.