Le’Veon Bell Says He’s Focusing On Boxing, Won’t Play Football In 2022

Grant Gordon reports that former Buccaneers RB Le’Veon Bell won’t return to football this year and will instead focus on his boxing career following his upcoming bout with fellow NFL RB Adrian Peterson.

Le'Veon Bell

“This year, I know I’m not going to be playing this year because I want to focus on boxing.” Bell told Gordon. “This isn’t a one-off fight.”

Meanwhile, Peterson doesn’t rule out a potential NFL return for himself, telling Gordon: “Even after this fight I’ll still be on my same routine waiting for an opportunity to present itself.”

Bell, 30, 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 when the Jets released him last year. He later signed a one-year contract worth up to $1.69 million with the Chiefs. 

The Ravens signed Bell to their practice squad and eventually added him to their active roster. He was later waived and caught on with the Buccaneers, who let him go back in January of 2022.

In 2021, Bell appeared in five games for the Ravens and rushed for 83 yards on 31 carries (2.7 YPC) to go along with one reception for -1 yard. He then appeared in three games with the Buccaneers and rushed eight times for 18 yards. He also caught four passes for 31 yards and one touchdown.

We will have more news on Bell as it becomes available.

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