Colts aren’t pursuing Le’Veon Bell

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The Colts can be crossed off the Le'Veon Bell watch list.

The move has no relation to any decision made by Bell. Per a source with knowledge of the situation, the Colts are not pursuing Bell.

Despite having nine figures of 2019 cap space, the Colts won’t be making a big investment in Bell, and for good reason. From a dollar-for-dollar standpoint, Marlon Mack and his $645,000 makes much more sense than whatever it will take to sign Bell, who is creeping toward 30, who has a history of knee injuries, and who didn’t play at all in 2018.

This doesn’t mean that someone else won’t pay him big money. But it won’t be the Colts.

Other reportedly interested teams include the Jets, Ravens, Packers, Texans, and Bills.

11 responses to “Colts aren’t pursuing Le’Veon Bell

  1. He can’t wait to sign a team friendly contract with your team. He loves the idea of playing for your team.

  2. Anyone who watched the Colts last year knows that this is absolutely no surprise. Colts have 3 young backs that all produced well for them, at the fraction of the cost.

  3. redlikethepig says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:13 am
    He can’t wait to sign a team friendly contract with your team. He loves the idea of playing for your team.
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    Well he wants to play for the Raiders, but raiders don’t want to spend that cash…plus Beastmode wants to go one more year, and we still have Richard, and 250 pounder CWIII coming back from the IR last year. Still might like to add a guy like David Montgomery in the draft

  4. Bell would be a good fit for the Colts. His patient running style would work much better behind the Colts line than the Jets. Bell is also much better than the Colts RBs. If the Colts spend the 15 mil or so effectively elsewhere, they should be Superbowl favorites. But they likely won’t spend it at all.

  5. So where did the information originate that six teams were interested in him. If it’s untrue the Colts were not interested in them I wouldn’t be surprised if some of those other teams aren’t interested in him. Maybe the list of six teams came from someone aligned with Bell’s camp as a means of trying get more money. That story also said he will sign today. Unless he doesn’t.

  6. PFT says, “Bell, who is creeping toward 30, who has a history of knee injuries, and who didn’t play at all in 2018.” Quite a different tune when reporting on Bell’s shrewd move to eschew $14 million on 2019.

  7. I understand the Colts have 3 young talented and inexpensive backs…BUT

    a) NFL windows to win generally don’t last long (Patriots excluded…example; Pats paid Trent Brown $1.9M last year, also got a 5th round pick from 9ers…it cost them a 3rd round pick…but they’ll get a 3rd rnd compensatory for Brown in 2020. So net they get a 5th and Brown for 1 yr at $1.9M…plus a world title).

    b) Colts have oodles of cap money…now is the time to sign a guy like Bell, let his guaranteed money burn off in the next 2.5 yrs…before they have to pay big time for some of their young talent in 3-4 years.

    I think Colts are making a big mistake.

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