Are the Ravens really pursuing Le’Veon Bell?

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The pursuit of running back Le'Veon Bell is reportedly down to two teams. Unless it isn’t.

At a time when some reports indicate that the free-agent running back will choose between the Jets and the Ravens, a league source tells PFT that there have been no negotiations between the Ravens and agent Adisa Bakari. At all.

The thinking is that someone is trying to push the Ravens as a potential destination for Bell in order to get the only remaining candidate — the Jets — to pay more. The source speculates that the Baltimore interest in Bell is being fabricated by Bell and/or Bakari, for obvious reasons, and that is has morphed into a major production, all aimed at freaking out the Jets at a time when they’re already reeling from Anthony Barr deciding not to sign in New York and to stay in Minnesota.

Again, all’s fair in love, war, and football. Negotiations in all industries often include plenty of puffing and bluffing, and unless the Ravens make an unexpected 11th-hour run at Bell, they currently aren’t in it, and they haven’t been.

28 responses to “Are the Ravens really pursuing Le’Veon Bell?

  1. Everyone knows the Jets will over pay and Levon will flame out with an injury or terrible production….

  2. Of course it is. The Ravens jumped back into the first round last year to get their franchise RB. Bakari is a terrible agent and if he doesn’t drive the price up on Bell, he’s gonna end up looking bad with Bell losing millions of dollars and gaining 25 lbs.

  3. The Ravens aren’t gonna pay Bell squat… they clearly aren’t gonna pay anyone this year… Bell is gonna go to Vegas with AB so they can live tax free and collect all the money their greedy hearts desire… Baltimore is tanking… Jackson is 1 good TJ Watt hit away from being done just like Cam Newton found out last year… the Ravens are done… STICK A FORK IN THEM!

  4. As soon as I saw the multiple tweets from players congratulating Bell on “getting that money”, I knew it was the Jets. I’m thinking 4 yrs – 65 mil – 47 mil guaranteed

  5. Jets should pull the offer and tell Bell and his agent to go F themselves. Maybe that will teach players not to play games like this.

  6. That’s funny. This guy asked Bell if he could spill the beans and he was given the ok. His tweet is obvious.

    A BIRD told me that @LeveonBell will be a Steeler “NEVERMORE.” Edgar Allen Poe can confirm.

  7. The Pats brushed aside the Bell-equipped Steelers with ease. How do the Jets think they’re going to do any better?

    The Jets signing Bell now to “save face” over losing Barr is just the kind of move a loser team makes.

    They should sign a few better-value free agents, shore up the team in the draft, and look ahead to the post-Brady era in a couple years. They’re not winning anything now, and Bell is only useful to win with now, at best.

  8. Ravens fans: “Thanks TSizzle for all you’ve done in Baltimore.” “ Good luck with the Rams Eric.” “I was really hoping the Ravens would resign Mosely, but I can understand why he took the money.”

    Steelers fans: “I hope LeVeon breaks a leg.” “Glad Antonio Brown was traded. He is a cancer that will kill his next team.”

  9. If Bell’s camp was really trying to pull one over on the Jets they were pretty dumb to pick the Ravens. No way are the Ravens interested in Bell. Just about any other team besides the Ravens would have been more believable. The Ravens have been getting it done with low round draft picks and undrafted free agents at RB for years. They understand that the O line makes the RB.

  10. cadreamer1969 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 2:43 pm
    That’s funny. This guy asked Bell if he could spill the beans and he was given the ok. His tweet is obvious.

    A BIRD told me that @LeveonBell will be a Steeler “NEVERMORE.” Edgar Allen Poe can confirm.

    ————————

    It’s certainly a cleverly-worded hint, but considering it’s from 2 days ago, I wouldn’t put much stock in it.

  11. Wait…didn’t I read a story on this site this morning about six teams pursuing Bell?

  12. inozwetrust says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm
    If Bell’s camp was really trying to pull one over on the Jets they were pretty dumb to pick the Ravens. No way are the Ravens interested in Bell. Just about any other team besides the Ravens would have been more believable. The Ravens have been getting it done with low round draft picks and undrafted free agents at RB for years. They understand that the O line makes the RB.
    _____________________________________________________________________________________

    Getting what done?????? TWO SB wins in franchise history?? Yup, that’s getting it done I tell ya!

  13. Baltimore ranked second overall in rushing last season. Why would the Ravens want to spend what Bell is demanding for a back who hasn’t seen the field in a year, has gained weight, has a poor work ethic, and has a history of injuries and suspensions? Can’t imagine Ozzie would have done that, and DeCosta is Ozzie’s protege.

  14. If the Ravens feel they need a free agent RB they’ll go with a team player like Ingram, not a diva like Bell.

  15. It’s a great storyline that the Ravens are “all in” on the running game and want the former Steelers RB to complement Lamar Jackson.

    But highly unlikely.

    The Ravens didn’t cut all that cap room including fan favorites Weddell and HOFer Suggs for Bell.

    The Ravens, Decosta and Newsome learned with Willis McGahee that you never pay for big dollar free-agent RBs. They are a dime a dozen and have a short shelf life. The value just isn’t there.

    Ravens love to make chicken salad with spot-fix RBs like Collins and Forsett or try to draft for a long term solution (Jamal Lew, Ray Rice, Ken Dixon).

  16. As an ex Jr “A” hockey player, it is a sad day in any sport when all the player thinks about is the paycheck… The original 6 in the NHL played for the love of the game. They all had jobs in the off season… It sickens me, that a player in any professional sport is knowingly and willing to sign a contract with an absolute S*** team, that during the span of their career will never see the opportunity at playing in the most covenant trophy in all of sports….. The Super Bowl.. Players like Bell, and many others, should have their head read, and try to remember their childhood desire and ambition to achieve the status of cutting the NFL. As a minor hockey player wanting to make it to the NHL, I can assure you, it wasn’t about the money. It was about the achievement.. A sport that I loved, the desire, the passion, the dream…

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