Will the Raiders target Le’Veon Bell next?

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From time to time the Steelers play Renegade at Heinz Field, in order to fire up the fan base at the start of the fourth quarter. But the true renegade franchise always has been the Raiders, and their trade for Antonio Brown could be only the first act of pilfering Pittsburgh’s roster.

When free agency starts on Wednesday — or, more accurately, when the legal tampering window opens on Monday — the Raiders could try to sign running back Le'Veon Bell.

Rumors and speculation that the Raiders, who are slated to exit Oakland after this season and enter Las Vegas in 2020, could pursue Bell have percolated for months. Given that he’ll be hitting the open market unrestricted and unfettered, the Raiders could get him for no trade compensation.

While that would close the door on a Marshawn Lynch return, Oakland residents would surely excuse the Raiders for slamming the door a man who has become synonymous with the town that the Raiders will soon be leaving. The mantra remains “Just Win, Baby,” and the Raiders didn’t do much of that with Marshawn on the roster. With Brown and Bell, they could do plenty.

And here’s one semi-tangible clue as to where this could go. Our buddy Dov Kleiman has pointed out that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has begun following Bell on Twitter.

While it doesn’t mean much, it’s intriguing — and it could be a sign of things to come. Quickly.

76 responses to “Will the Raiders target Le’Veon Bell next?

  1. Raiders SuperBowl odds went from 75-1 to 50-1 with AB trade. If they sign Le’Veon, do they go to 25-1?

  2. Can you see these two bloated egos reunited on a new team if one gets a dollar more than the other?

    Raiders were making solid moves up to this point. Brown might even mature a bit in his fresh start. Not a risk I’d want, but it could work out if he actually appreciates what they’re risking for him.

  3. Hope they do. Maybe he can recruit AB to help build his rap business. 2 guys all about the money. It’s a shame they play for money over championships. The Steelers will be better for this from just not dealing with distractions and ME players.

  4. He’d probably have 200 catches if he joins the Raiders seeing as Carr checks down all the time. I wouldn’t hate getting rid of Carr sooner than later.

  5. The Kansas City Chiefs are elated at the possibility of Gruden signing Bell to go along with Bell.
    Nothing better than having a team full of selfish, cancerous players on a Rival with a pedestrian QB.
    Just wait till Brown and Bell start lambasting Carr.
    The AFC West will remain OWNED by Kansas City

  6. Carr should be careful who he follows. I’m not too sure he will be a raider so who cares who he follows

  7. The Raiders can go get whoever they want. They still have Gruden and Mayock treating this thing like it’s a tv show. Lets see what they do with all of those picks….

  8. Let’s get Vontaze Burfict in there, too. DC Gunther would love to have him, again.

  9. dividedwiistand says:
    March 10, 2019 at 11:04 am

    Raiders SuperBowl odds went from 75-1 to 50-1 with AB trade. If they sign Le’Veon, do they go to 25-1?
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    Only a Raiders fan would be dumb enough to bet even $1 on them to win the Super Bowl at anything less than 1,000 to 1

  10. Can Gruden get the most out of those 2 guys with Carr leading and with the current state of that OL? Also, I know Jordy is up there in years, AB instantly makes him more effective. Finally, two WR’s with great hands, and throw in Cook…wow this passing game could become the best in the NFL.

  11. I believe there will be initial interest in Bell. But only at the right price. As signing Bell at a Gurley type contract would likely create a fundamental difference in approach from the way Mayock would like to team build. Signing Bell would also eliminate the potential to draft a Josh Jacobs late in round one – early in round two.

    Gruden wants to run the ball and that starts up front as he well knows. We need to sign that monster left tackle Trent Brown via free agency. Brown often walls out 2-3 defenders in the run game. Then draft the versatile Dalton Risner, who could play 4 of the 5 line positions. But would likely open in Osemele’s starting guard spot. That would solve the offensive line issues. Bring back Beast Mode. We have Richard for the passing game and Chris Warren III in waiting, if we don’t draft a rb. I can also see us drafting Mr Big Chest’s cousin, Hollywood Brown.

  12. So last year they got rid of Mack and Cooper, two young and uber talented players under the pretext that they were in a reconstruction mode, and now they are paying a king’s ransom to get a veteran superstar and maybe add a second one with Bell?
    Those Raiders hard to follow…

  13. Steelers fans: constantly bashing their 2 best (now former) players, but can’t/won’t see that Ben and Tomlin are the real problems.

  14. “… and the Raiders didn’t do much of that with Marshawn on the roster.”

    While this is true, let us remind the writer that the Raiders didn’t “just win, baby” with ANYONE on the roster. One anomalous year a few years ago when they went 12-4 has been it. The franchise has been a mess since free agency took over the NFL and Al Davis couldn’t deal in that world.

  15. If they sign Bell and trade for Beckham, they’ll definitely qualify as “the best team money can buy.”

  16. Let the haters….HATE! This move was brilliant, we stole AB for a 3rd and a 5th and are poised to add Bell as soon as free agency starts…as the late great Al Davis use to say “JUST WIN BABY”

  17. The AB trade seems fine for Oakland; they didn’t give up much, and invested 30 million over 3 years in a WR still producing. Giving Bell big money is different. The RB position can be filled in the draft, and in rounds 3-5 if you know what you are doing. Hell, they could use one of the back end 1st to get a really good RB, and save a bunch of cap space. Getting Bell would definitely improve the team, but the money could probably be used elsewhere to improve the team.

  18. Mayock has potential to be a really good GM, if John Gruden doesn’t force bad decisions down his throat. I can’t see Mayock thinking this is a good idea. Sure, a 3 and a 5 for an All Pro, but the guy is a headcase WR who will kill this team from the inside out. As soon as Carr doesn’t find find AB when he thinks he should’ve, AB will start the whining.

  19. You can get good RBs in the later rounds. We saw James Conner fill in for Bell and do a good job. We saw C.J. Anderson do a good job when Gurley got hurt. RBs just don’t make a difference in the won-loss column any more.

  20. Okay just so u know… We can sign Bell long term and give Lynch a nice little one year deal and have em come over 🙂

  21. I doubt they sign Bell, but i doubted they would trade Mack and doubted they would trade Cooper. My line of thought seemed to just be common sense. So now faced with a defense that has holes at every level common sense would dictate that they sign a few defensive players before they blow their cap on two guys who ran out on their team. Maybe they can get a few more tackles to keep their QB, whoever that might be, from being killed. So based on my experience and thoughts.. They sign Bell and trade two first rounders for Beckham.

  22. Gruden has mostly been a RBBC guy, even back when RBs mattered more than they do now. I mean…he won a SB with Michael Pittman as his leading rusher.

    I would think CJ Mosely would be their #1 FA target if they are going to devote a lot of cap space to one guy.

  23. Receiving AB should make the raiders a better team but they won’t be same production the Steelers were getting. AB had one of the best qbs,the best o line in football. The raiders don’t have that.

  24. lets see, the steelers collapsed last year and if you are a sheep you believe it was lockerroom issues, rather than the fact that Leveon bell was their best playmaker and they wouldnt pay him.

    Conner cant hold bells jockstrap, real talk. Conner is a decent RB, Bells a weapon is run game and pass game that was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the rock.

    im a ravens fan. we couldn’t have made the playoffs last year if steelers had bell.

    no ab or bell for steelers brings a tear to my eye. its beautiful.

    dont buy the shields company line. playmakers make the game. if raiders got bell and ab, they could be nasty if they hit on those 1st rounders and also get a fa OL or two

  25. Before we all get too deep in ‘the next OAK move’ let’s remember that even the apparent AB/OAK trade is NOT official yet.

    And if the local media begins beating on the PITT GM for being ‘taken to the cleaners’ by Gruden/Mayock i wouldn’t be surprised to see PITT back out of this deal, which would leave OAK back at square 1.

    Just sayin’…

  26. Gruden’s a genius. He still has all of his first-round picks and can make a play for the top pick or fill various holes in the first. He got Derek Carr the best receiver in football. And because of the Mack trade they can really spend in free agency. It’s absolutely genius. Him and Mayock are fleecing everyone. I’m confused on how Big Chest had no guaranteed money left on the deal. How do you have the best receiver in the league and none of the money left on his deal is guaranteed?

  27. flaccotoboldin says:
    March 10, 2019 at 12:36 pm
    lets see, the steelers collapsed last year and if you are a sheep you believe it was lockerroom issues, rather than the fact that Leveon bell was their best playmaker and they wouldnt pay him.

    Conner cant hold bells jockstrap, real talk. Conner is a decent RB, Bells a weapon is run game and pass game that was a threat to take it to the house every time he touched the rock.

    im a ravens fan. we couldn’t have made the playoffs last year if steelers had bell.

    no ab or bell for steelers brings a tear to my eye. its beautiful.

    dont buy the shields company line. playmakers make the game. if raiders got bell and ab, they could be nasty if they hit on those 1st rounders and also get a fa OL or two
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    Says the Ravens fan who’s team just lost Flacco & Weddle, will soon lose Mosley and perhaps Suggs as well. As a Steelers fan, THIS too brings a tear to my eye. It’s beautiful.

  28. I don’t think they will do that. That will be to much money tied up with 3 players. Carr , Brown and Bell. But damn, talk about ripping a team off. A 3rd and a 5th for Brown? Raiders had a huge void at the WR position. I think they should target a RB with one of their 2nd round picks. If they hit on all these picks that they have, They will turn it around pretty quik here.

  29. The offseason is dominated by three people: Kyler Murray, Antonio Brown, and Le’Veon Bell. Now that we know Brown is heading to the Raiders. We just need to know where Bell is going. And then the draft… I cannot wait to not hear these names again.

    Football cannot come sooner!

  30. Footballs gods: I beseech you, please make it so. The carnival will definitely be back in town when this happens. The NFL gods have been out-flanked.

  31. I’m not sure the average NFL fan realizes what a true cancer and diva AB was to the team. His stats always came first before team (keep in mind, they won zero championships with him). He demanded that he have his own separate living quarter (away from team) during training camp. His fragile ego was shattered when JuJu was more successful than him.
    And finally, this whole tantrum was mainly because JUJU was voted MVP by the team, and not AB. Good luck Raiders,you can have the drama Queen.We now get the team back.

  32. But what are they gonna say when the Steelers are in the postseason next year without Bell and AB? Its the qb that makes things go and no one has a qb in the AFCN besides the Steelers.

  33. As a Steelers fan I’m upset that the haul was so meager. I’m upset they are carrying the dead cap charge for this year.
    However I’m relieved. I’m relieved the sole sources of drama are gone. Bell, Brown and Bryant have been behind every locker room issue for the past 3 years. It’s nonsense. It’s nonsense that Bryant couldn’t stay off twitter and ripping his teammates with his baby mama. It’s nonsense that Bell lied to the fans, the team and his teammates that he was going to show up and play out the year and held out. It’s nonsense that Ben called AB out once in the media about a poor route and he lost his mind. It’s nonsense that AB caused all the issues at the end of the season and into the offseason going on twitter, bagging on the team that has had his back and helped him for 9 seasons. It’s all nonsense. Thank God it’s all gone.
    Bryant stopped producing, Connor out produced Bell. The Steelers have done a masterful job at scouting, drafting and developing WRs. I’m mad about it all but so happy to just be moving on.

  34. Receiving AB should make the raiders a better team but they won’t be same production the Steelers were getting. AB had one of the best qbs,the best o line in football. The raiders don’t have that.

    Yet , Pittsburgh missed the playoffs! . Seems strange, if they had “one of the best QB’s & o line” . Just wondering how that could have happened.

  35. “Says the Ravens fan who’s team just lost Flacco & Weddle, will soon lose Mosley and perhaps Suggs as well. As a Steelers fan, THIS too brings a tear to my eye. It’s beautiful.”
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    Suggs and Weddle were hardly playmakers last year. Real talk. Losing Flacco and moving towards Lamar does hurt, IMO. Flacco underappreciated for what he does in crunch time. Not his fault Ravens were always dumpster diving for WR and OL.

    Steelers still have JuJu and Conner is decent, but their personnel is no longer dominant.

    People are on here talking about AB as a problem were also probably the same folks who hated Terrell Owens for being a big personality and opinionated. Every place TO went he performed. Thats all that matters.

  36. Until the Steelers fix their defense no amount of superstars on offense is going to result in Super Bowl appearances. Brown and Bell are obviously great players but the drama, of which they were a major part, has derailed this team several times over the last three years or so. My hope, as a lifetime Steelers fan, is that they package the extra draft picks and get an impact Inside LB or CB.

  37. pointtwopsiistheissue says:
    March 10, 2019 at 1:44 pm
    Yet , Pittsburgh missed the playoffs! . Seems strange, if they had “one of the best QB’s & o line” . Just wondering how that could have happened.

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    That’s an easy one: Mike Tomlin

  38. The Raider players would love that, two bigger than life egos wanting to be the star on the team and have more stats. I hope they do get both oh these characters.

  39. Not going to work out how you think. The Raiders need an O-line like the Steelers not their used up skilled players. Brown will still produce but will be in decline, Bell will find it is a different world not running behind his previous line. When didn’t his back up tear it up when he was out? No matter who it was they produced.

  40. All this talk about offensive player signings and trades. The Raiders were horrible last season on defense. Forget about the whole ‘defense wins championships cliché.’ Oakland won’t make the playoffs next season, if their pass defense is just as bad. With three 1st round picks, they should draft for a pass rush. Gruden is going to have his hands full in these few upcoming months.

  41. Le’Veon Bell is in Owungs Mills Maryland meeting with Ravens officials as we speak.

  42. Think of the cap issues that the Raiders are going to face when all three first round picks are up for their 5th year option at the same time.
    Chances are Brown will be out of the league by then but if they go after Bell he might also be contributing to a messy cap situation.

  43. Looks like it’s a good possibility since the Raiders just traded a 10.2 million dollar Guard to the Jets.

  44. dadindebt6 says:
    March 10, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Think of the cap issues that the Raiders are going to face when all three first round picks are up for their 5th year option at the same time.
    Chances are Brown will be out of the league by then but if they go after Bell he might also be contributing to a messy cap situation.

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    You’re worried about 5 years from now? Keep the best and let the other two go.

  45. Theres plenty of other holes on the team (Right Tackle, DE’s) but Bell would be a great signing. BUT need to sort out that oline, specially with Osemele gone and a huge hole at RT also

    Miller will get a chance at LT due to his high drafting but Miller was never meant to start at RT last year and only did due to Penns injury. Need a good veteran to play at RT and give Miller time to learn/develop

  46. I don’t think Raiders go after Bell.
    Remember rookie RB Chris Warren’s pre season games last season … almost 300 yds, 2 TDs and caught 5 of 6 targets in the 4 games before the Raiders put him on the IR.

  47. I’ve been a Raider fan since 1969 & wasn’t at all interested in giving up a 1 or 2 for AB. I’m cool w/ a 3 & 5 even if he is a diva & expect the $$ is somewhat front-loaded so they can drop him after 2 years if appropriate. His production & work ethic history make it a decent gamble given the low investment.

  48. How appropriate. At a time when virtually every team in the league is coming to the realization that you can get more than adequate production from your skill position players outside a quarterback without overpaying, the Raiders and the dinosaur coach are going to tie up $40 million of their cap 2 players and one of them is over 30 and neither of them plays quarterback

  49. Hinge your entire team’s success on two guys who care more about themselves and money than anyone around them, with zero sense or loyalty or dedication to their teammates’ efforts, and who have thrown the organization that made them stars under the bus in order to get even more money after already earning tens of millions of dollars?

    What could go wrong?

  50. I’m the LAST person who thinks that rings mean anything compared to performance (sorry Tommy, it’s a team sport and you really do have the best coach. He could make me look great), but ask yourself the question….how many SBs has Pittsburgh even gone to with these two in the lineup?

    Could be wrong but I think it is zero. Same point as above. This isn’t the NBA where 3 great players (out of 5 starters) can mean the difference between making it or not making it. I think Gruden is as dumb as a box of rocks if that’s their target. Gotta pay for…I dunno…52 other guys?

  51. Draft running backs and trade them after their rookie deal is over and draft again. Why pay big bucks for a running back?

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