According to Silver, if Bell is going to sign with the Jets, it probably will need to happen “very soon.”
Albert Breer mentions that the Bears, Colts, Ravens, Texans and Bills are among the teams that “haven’t really been in it” for Bell up to this point.
Breer says that its a “tough” market for Bell and the feeling right now is that he might be able to be signed for $11-$12 million per year.
It’s rare for offers to improve much beyond the first few days of free agency, so Bell’s best option could be to try to get something done tonight.
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.