NFL Notes: Le’Veon Bell, Michael Vick, Free Agency

     

Le’Veon Bell

  • Ian Rapoport tossed out the Buccaneers, Texans and Lions as teams with cap space and a need at running back who could make sense as potential landing spots for free agent Le’Veon Bell
  • Bell responded to the video with a “thinking face” emoji: emoji_u1f914 NFL Notes: Le'Veon Bell, Michael Vick, Free Agency
  • Rapoport mentioned that the Ravens could be an interesting fit for Bell, given that they made an effort to bolster their running back depth last year at the trade deadline. 

Michael Vick

Jeff Fisher, who is the AAF’s head of football strategy, said that Michael Vick will focus on player development in the new league as opposed to coaching.

Vick had accepted the offensive coordinator position for the Atlanta Legends before transitioning out of the role.

It was an unusual set of circumstances in that Mike had accepted a role with Brad Childress early on as an offensive coach, as an offensive coordinator,” Fisher said, via ESPN.com. “And then with Brad’s sudden departure, things, they kind of just, they got hard. I can’t thank the Atlanta franchise enough for pulling through the hard times.

“But circling back to Mike, his role is going to change. You can appreciate the difficulty from a place he was put into. His role is going to change and we spoke to Mike over the past couple days and he’s going to move over and assume a league role along with Hines Ward in player development. That’s the best place for him.”

Free Agency

Pro Football Focus and Jason Fitzgerald of OTC project the top 10 most expensive free agents this offseason including:
  1. Texans DE Jadeveon Clowney: Six years, $135M
  2. Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence: Six years, $126M
  3. Chiefs OLB Dee Ford: Five years, $95M
  4. Seahawks DE Frank Clark: Five years, $87.5M
  5. Falcons DT Grady Jarrett: Five years, $82.5M
  6. Patriots DE Trey Flowers: Five years, $80M
  7. Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell: Four years, $60M
  8. Buccaneers LT Donovan Smith: Five years, $60M
  9. Chargers WR Tyrell Williams: Four years, $48M
  10. Giants S Landon Collins: Five years, $57.5M

We have all of these players featured in our Top 100 – 2019 NFL Free Agents list.

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Jadeveon Clowney 6yrs./$135M, no way. Clowney is always one good sneeze away from the IR. That’s a lot of dough for a cream puff. Maybe the Panthers. D-Law will get his $$$$$, just not 6 years maybe 4-5yrs./$100m. he stays a Cowpoke. Dee Ford seems right for a OLB/DE. May stay a Chief, Ford would be a great fit with the Packers or Falcons. Funny! How Frank Clark could be worth Olivier Vernon’s total guaranteed money alone and Clark is more productive. Clark to the Falcons and Vernon traded to the Chiefs if Ford leaves for the Packers or Falcons… Read more »