Report: Le’Veon Bell “has his eyes on” the Indianapolis Colts

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In March, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will become available to the highest bidder. And he apparently hopes the highest bidder, or close to it, will be the Indianapolis Colts.

He has his eyes on the Colts, no doubt about that,” an unnamed source told Ralph Vacchiano of SNY. “He sees [quarterback Andrew] Luck and that offense and all that cap room and they’re much closer than the Jets. He wants to go someplace he can win right away.”

Bell hasn’t ruled out signing with the Jets, a team that could be willing to pay much more than the Colts. G.M. Chris Ballard won’t be inclined to overpay in the early days of free agency, and that’s likely what it will take to get Bell.

Also, the Colts have Marlon Mack, a much cheaper option who had a career day against the Cowboys. Mack is signed through 2020, at salaries of $645,000 and $735,000 over the next two years.

Of course, Ballard may have only so much influence over the final decision. If owner Jim Irsay decides to make the move, Ballard may have no choice but to make it, or at least to make a competitive offer.

If the Colts do indeed make it — and if Bell takes a little less to play for a better team — the Colts will become a short-list favorite to contend for a Super Bowl berth next season.

113 responses to “Report: Le’Veon Bell “has his eyes on” the Indianapolis Colts

  1. And he’ll still want to be paid 2 salaries, right? One for running back and one for receiver? Good luck with that.

  2. Here’s to hoping he doesn’t become the Latrell Sprewell of the NFL…for those that remember the decision he made.

  3. The Colts don’t need to invest this heavily at the RB position. They have to maintain Luck, their line and add a couple of receivers. Besides maintaining their defense at the key positions.

  4. Short list face for the Super Bowl? No doubt, after all of his post-season success during his career…

  5. He’s a fantastic player, no doubt. But as a Colts fan, I think we can improve more by spending the 17m he wants on multiple upgrades in other positions (mainly WR and Edge rusher).

  6. Not sure what team is willing to consider paying the 17 million that Bell is asking for his services but whichever organization it winds up being thankfully he will no longer be associated with the steelers so it’s a win-win situation

  7. Dynasty dissolved he says as if it’s some kind of insult for the first Dynasty after Free Agency and the first modern 2 decade dynasty to finally be coming to a close. Like 7 straight Conference Championship games are a bad thing some home?

    Okay Wibber. You win, Congrats on…. Well nothing, you’ve done nothing but add negativity on this website, which didn’t effect the team you or I root for. Really you just conplained a lot. So congrats on complaining a lot and being generally useless to this site, it’s readers, the NFL, and the individual NFL teams!

  8. I wish LaVerne Belle all the worst in his next stop in the NFL – hopefully he’ll be injured and rendered worthless wherever he stops. I find him to be one of the most repugnant and greedy athletes who isn’t even a good man – he doesn’t respect his own word and we know his word is meaningless. There are ways to get to the end you want – and LaVelle has done everything wrong.

  9. I’ll be pissed if Ballard signs him. That would go against every other rationale he has used in the past. I say continue being smart and relying on your scouts. We have a few first rounders that will be getting paid in a couple years. Spend toward defense. There is another guy out there to draft to match with luck and Reich’s offense.

  10. Are you saying Colts wouldn’t be on that list without Bell?

    That’s like saying Belichick wouldn’t be Belichick without his operatic singing voice.

  11. Don’t do it Indi, don’t reward this locker room cancer by making him one of the highest paid players in the league. If you’re at all disappointed by Mack or Hines you could easily draft someone like Bryce Love in the draft and use that money elsewhere. He isn’t worth it.

  12. He has his eyes on who will give him the most money. A smart team won’t want him. Ballard did a good job of rebuilding that offensive line after Grigson ignored it for the last decade. I think they should stick with Mack and spend some more money on other positions of need. Maybe add another good OL. If they do that they are set. Bell is probably going to want $20M/year. You see how little Pittsburgh missed him. Is he really worth that much? I think not.

  13. Bell is a fool. Not only is no team going to pay him what he wants, but if the Steelers place the transition tag on him, they can match any offer and then trade him to the team that gave him the initial offer if they wanted to. So a team would have to consider what they would have to give up on top of the salary.

  14. terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year

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    Chiefs are going to get him and be the only AFC team the Patriots need to worry about.

  15. One thing we all know for sure is that he’s signing with whoever offers the most money. He has no desire to be a winner and a winning team will not pay him enough

  16. How does adding one pro bowl back make the Colts SB contenders versus what they have now? Pfft… They need a few more pieces to reach SB level. Specifically along the D-line.

  17. terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year

    LOL. In your dreams, just like the Patriots dynasty is over in your dreams.

  18. The debate is old. The Stillers did not want Bell long term. They kicked him to the curb. Bell didn’t quit the team…management quit the team. Get over it Stiller Nation.

  19. Bell’s replacement made the Pro Bowl. That in itself says how “valuable” Bell is for the Steelers.
    Bell should take notice because other teams will see this and will ignore his demands.
    Bell can be replaced…easily.
    He just doesn’t know it and his agent is too scared to tell him.

  20. billymutt says:
    December 21, 2018 at 7:17 pm
    terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year

    LOL. In your dreams, just like the Patriots dynasty is over in your dreams.

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    Actually I do think the Colts are going to be a force next year. But I say that as long as they dont sign Bell and instead use their cap to bolster the team in other areas. They are on a good path right now that would get derailed if they put too many eggs into a single badket with bell.

  21. L. Bell will be 27 when the first game kicks off in 2019. If he’s on a team, the BEST outcome would be he stays healthy (for the first time in his career) and the team wins a championship within 3-4 years. After 30 he’s going to be done.

    Of course, hope sells tickets too. However, by now Bell is more known for his contract dispute and selfish behavior than for his football skills. Skills he hasn’t been using.

    I agree with some other posters, I don’t think there will be that much demand for his services.

  22. Conner’s performance for the whole season, followed by Samuel’s last week, has proven that Bell’s numbers were more of a reflection on the offense/offensive line then they were on his abilities. Turns out skipping out on the season will cost him a whole lot more than just the salary this year.

  23. dryzzt23 says:
    December 21, 2018 at 7:20 pm
    Bell’s replacement made the Pro Bowl. That in itself says how “valuable” Bell is for the Steelers.
    Bell should take notice because other teams will see this and will ignore his demands.
    Bell can be replaced…easily.
    He just doesn’t know it and his agent is too scared to tell him.

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    Frankly Bell’s replacement’s replacement has been doing well too. At this point I have to admit Tomlin has a good blocking scheme going on there that makes any competent RB look really good.

    I also think the current Indy RBs are better than they are being given credit for and continuing to improve the blocking will give them a running game just as strong as they could get with Bell but at a ton less cap space getting used up.

  24. I know his stats and I respect them. But he isn’t a game changer like everyone thinks. Steelers have been doing fine without him (last 3 games eh). Worth paying? Yes. Worth what he wants? No.

  25. rbzombie says:
    December 21, 2018 at 7:19 pm
    The debate is old. The Stillers did not want Bell long term. They kicked him to the curb. Bell didn’t quit the team…management quit the team. Get over it Stiller Nation.

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    Well to be fair they have been looking pretty over it.

  26. terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year
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    Rinse, lather, repeat…every year for the past 12 followed by application of Pats are done conditioner.

  27. Please please sign him Mr Irsay.

    On behalf of fans of every other team in AFC South. (as he cripples your team with cap casualty and locker room cancer)

  28. “rbzombie says:
    December 21, 2018 at 7:19 pm
    The debate is old. The Stillers did not want Bell long term. They kicked him to the curb. Bell didn’t quit the team…management quit the team. Get over it Stiller Nation.”

    They offered him 3 separate contracts over 2 offseasons that would have retained his services long term and make him the highest paid RB each time by a wide margin. Trust me, they wanted him. The Steelers operated in good faith to tag him and try to work out a long term deal. At the end of the day he decided he could get more and ultimately decided to hold out a full season to get it.
    If anything he decided he didn’t want to play for the Steelers anymore and took his ball and left.

  29. coltsreign says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:46 pm

    Besides he is Pittsburgh’s problem

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    Not anymore.

  30. He turned down 70 million over 5yrs from a team that has a pretty good track record of being competitive over the long haul. He has a history of drug abuse and is one failed test from a year long suspension. Any team that signs him is taking a big financial risk. Plus he’s a unlikable teamate. When did you ever see players raid a locker so gleefully after he was finished as a Steeler. Unprecedented.

  31. Rbs are dime a dozen. The oline makes the rb. Anyone that signs bell for anything over 8mil are fools. You can get the same production from the draft at rookie wages for 4 years. Rbs are the easiest position to replace in the draft. Invest the money in the oline and that will help the run game from your rookie rb and at the same time it protects the qb.

  32. He has zero chance of them ever being interested in him. Colts got a stud in Mack and a quality backup in Hines. They will be getting a WR and a few O and D line upgrades.

  33. Jets got bailed out by Kirk Cousins and now Bell is going to prevent them from another stupid decision. Football gods ruling in Jets favor recently.

    Not showing on the football field

  34. Commentwaitingdeletion- I’ve never proclaimed the pats to be done and always thought the colts would fall short. No more, the pats are a first round exit and the colts are going to the super bowl next season. I’ve had enough of these pats fans that don’t shut up about their cheating organization. Once their fan base sees they aren’t going to the afc title game at least every single year, we won’t have to hear from them anymore, they’ll disappear just like all the seahawk fans once the legion of boom disapated. Unfortunately, they might be coming back though because that team is on the up & up

  35. As a Colts fan, I want no part of this sell out, me first, diva. Good running backs are a dime a dozen and can be had at any point in the draft (David Johnson) or even when the draft is over (Lindsay). Pass.

  36. Don’t do it, Colts! Reich has just seen, up close and personal, how to win a Super Bowl with great QB play, strong lines, and an overall balanced team. No overpaid runners or WRs needed.

    Colts are in a fantastic position now – a few affordable free agents and a strong draft, and they will have all the depth and balance they need to be a top contender. Houston’s overrated, the Jags are stumbling, and the Titans are all over the place. Next year could be a great one for the Colts (or even this one, if they’re lucky).

  37. He is Poison, period. He’s a paycheck player and Frank Reich wouldn’t put up with his attitude. One of the biggest reasons the Eagles won their Trophy was Reich’s (and Dougie P) ability to get the most out of their players OFF the field and building the love, trust and leadership from their veterans. Bell isn’t and will never be a player to be looked up at and to that fits that family play for the guy next to you unselfish team mate. Bell is a get his stats and money player.

    The Colts would be so much better off NOT spending $15/$17 million a year on ONE player. They could sign 4/5 very good and much needed guys then bringing in Bell. I see Bell in Oakland, NY Jets, Tampa Bay, Miami or even The Texans. I think the Colts are going to be very good next year…even better w/o Bell.

  38. Wherever Bell plays, he’s going to have to take a greatly reduce salary after the antics he’s pulled. Why on earth would the Colts pay $10 million+ when they have Mack?

  39. If you look at the success 2 different RB’s have had in Pitt after Bell left anybody with half a brain would question if Bells success in Pitt was due more to the OL and / or scheme and other skill position players in the lineup. Even this Samuel guy who is listed as a TE/RB rushed for 150 yds against the Pats. Add in his injury/drug issues and he ain’t such a prize.

  40. “and if Bell takes a little less to play for a better team”

    If he was willing to ‘take a little less to play for a better team’, & if winning was actually part of the equation, he would have signed the long-term deal with the Steelers. It won’t matter if it’s the Jets, the Raiders, the Bills, or whomever…the highest bidder will land him. It could be the most opportunistic play since Albert Haynesworth fleeced the Redskins.

  41. He’s the living definition of elite athleticism. He’s an RB1 and a WR2 in the same body with the production to prove it. The CBA as regards the franchise tag is going to be changing because teams shouldn’t be able to do what they did to him. I will ALWAYS support the player in a pure labor dispute. That’s what this was and is. Steelers gambled and lost. Guys like Bell don’t grow on trees. I wish him Luck wherever he goes (see what I did there?)

  42. I think Mr. Bell has worn out his welcome in the NFL. If I was an owner, I would be talking to other owners about the potential consequences of signing said player. Coincedence? Nope. Collusion? Yup. What are you going to do about it, Dirt-bag. If Nobody signs you because you are a Prima-Donna Beyotch then that is on you, not on the league. Don’t think players get that. Kaep obviously doesn’t get that, but then again, Kaep is ABSOLUTELY NOT BETTER THAN NATHAN PETERMAN AND NEVER HAS BEEN FOR OBVIOUS REASONS!!!. Kaepernick has lost too much weight, has been gone too long, and never could throw a pass. The days of the “running QB are over”, period. The Doooooosh in Baltimore will feel the same pain soon. Owners need to flat out tell RB’s that they are not worth it and they won’t pay them. That would save all of us the pain of hearing about this dirt bags’s whiny endeavors ever again.

  43. If Jim Irsay has the decision Bell will be made co-owner and will be sat the entire season in hopes of keeping him healthy in case they make the playoffs. If it’s Ballard’s decision he’ll be offered an Indianapolis pork tenderloin as compensation and when Bell rejects it because he wants actual money Ballard will hold a press conference calling him a diva who really didn’t want to be a Colt anyway or he would have taken the sandwich.

  44. There is absolutely no reason to pay a RB the money he wants, you can’t destroy your cap when the current model shows that you just plug in RBs until they can’t go anymore at a low cap number.

  45. I don’t understand the hate. He simply turned down a job offer. He wasn’t under contract, he made a business decision not to sign the one presented to him. If the team really wanted him they could have offered him a contract similar to the one he’s going to be offered next year – but they didn’t. So it’s a mutual parting of ways. If you want to question his off-the-field antics so be it – but as far as the business decision between he and the team – that’s, well, simply how business works out sometimes.

  46. colts dont need this guy. that would be a counterproductive move. he costs too much, and mack and hines fit this teams system way better, and theyre way more affordable.

  47. He’s just not worth the cap hit. 17M for a position you can get good production out of for under 1M a year??

    Prediction – he gets signed, but not for the money he and his agent thinks. There will be no bidding war.

  48. terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year
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    More likely Luck will come down with another one of his mysterious injuries and the team will go 4-12.

  49. One if two things will happen. There will be no bidding war for him because teams see him for the cancer he is. Or a few idiot teams will offer him big bucks on a five year contract only to see him sit the last two years and whine about being underpaid again.

  50. I wish my Vikings would sign him, but we blew our wad on a average QB that can’t beat good teams. Now we are broke and going to lose out on the final WC spot to Philadelphia, a team with two QB’s better than our 84 million dollar mistake.

  51. The Colts are going to be good for the next several years, with or without Bell (if Luck stays healthy). They should pass on Bell and stay the course.

  52. I’m a Colts fan. As I’ve talked with many other knowledgeable Colts fans, I’ve not heard a single one express any desire for the team to sign Bell. Last thing we need is an overpaid primadonna running back.

  53. This year has been a disaster for Bell on several levels, the worst being that his replacements in Pitt have demonstrated that much less expensive RBs can produce similar results behind their excellent offensive line.

  54. the problem with a few commenters comments is that Bell was under contract when he walked because if he was not, he could have gone to any team stupid enough to sign him.

  55. There isn’t a RB anywhere worth that kind of money. You can solidify your team with the money and still have an effective running game and in the long run be much more successful.

  56. Listen to all the child like people in the comments

    “He doesnt care about winning”
    “He abandoned his team”
    “He only cares about the money”

    Get real these are adults. He should get every nickel he can get

  57. Keep dreaming, Bell. Doubtful anyone is going to pay you $17M/ a year with $50M guaranteed. RBs are everywhere. See Denver’s rookie, undrafted, rb who is going to the Pro Bowl.

  58. terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year

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    Colts have ZERO playoff appearances since they were caught with under inflated footballs the night of the AFC championship game. In other words ZERO playoff appearances since the league started checking PSI.

    So if they’re going to dominate again what you’re really saying is they’re going to cheat again. That’s not something I’d brag about to be honest.

  59. Bell knows the Colts are nothing when they don’t illegally deflate footballs. Why would he want to join that mess?

  60. Jim Irsay is the wildcard. Jets will throw themselves at Bell to sell tickets. The same tried and true method for their failures. Jet beat writers think this will make Jets the Rams east. Darold -Bell, Goff-Gurley.

  61. This man proved his worth, or more accurately lack there of, this season. His lack of commitment was on full display this season. A team can win w/o him. I wouldn’t want my team paying for his services or (again) more accurately “lack of service”. He is a CANCER!

  62. Get real these are adults. He should get every nickel he can get
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    Your exactly right he should but in the process he shows he’s really not a team player and only about himself. Go ahead and overpay for an aging running back the Steelers won’t.

  63. GoodellMustGo says:
    December 22, 2018 at 11:41 am
    terripet says:
    December 21, 2018 at 5:38 pm
    Don’t blame him colts are gonna dominate starting next year

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    Colts have ZERO playoff appearances since they were caught with under inflated footballs the night of the AFC championship game. In other words ZERO playoff appearances since the league started checking PSI.

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    The Colts were not caught with anything of the sort. The Colts balls deflated due to natural causes there was no tampering by them on that. And btw, when the Steelers ‘got caught’ it was natural causes there too. They didnt do anything wrong either.

  64. The Colts were not caught with anything of the sort. The Colts balls deflated due to natural causes there was no tampering by them on that. And btw, when the Steelers ‘got caught’ it was natural causes there too. They didnt do anything wrong either.

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    Colts were a very good team before.

    Caught.

    Zero playoff appearances since.

    Coincidence?

    #nah

  65. They’re leaking this to up his price to the Jets. The Colts aren’t interested they have depth and talent at the position. Bell would actually be a step back for them putting side the money issues.

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