Latest On Free Agent RB Le’Veon Bell

     

Peter Schrager reports that multiple teams are inquiring about signing free agent RB Le’Veon Bell just a few hours after he officially became available.

According to Schrager, there’s “no doubt” Bell will end up with a new team and he will have a few options to choose from. Schrager says it’s possible that Bell ends up signing with a “legit competitor” while still earning the $6 million he’s owed from the Jets.

Jeremy Fowler reported earlier that Bell is likely to prioritize a specific role in a team’s offense and playing for a competing team. 

According to Fowler, many people around the league believe the Chiefs will have interest in Bell because of his fit. Fowler also mentioned that Bell trains in Miami, so there’s at least a chance the Dolphins could be a consideration.

The Jets attempted to trade Bell in recent weeks and as far back as last year. Albert Breer mentioned that it sounded like New York was willing to take pennies for Bell, such as a late-round pick or end-of-roster player. 

However, no deal ever surfaced and the Jets ultimately released him. 

Bell, 28, 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.

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. The Jets later signed Bell to a four-year, $52.5 million contract worth up to $61 million and including $35 million guaranteed.

Bell was set to make base salaries of $8 million and $9.5 million the next two years. 

In 2020, Bell has appeared in two games for the Jets and rushed 19 times for 74 yards while catching three passes for 39 yards and no touchdowns.

We had him included in our Top 50 Available 2020 Free Agents list.

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