Six teams reportedly are in play for Le’Veon Bell

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Well, now we know why Le'Veon Bell is torn.

Bell’s universe of potential next destinations apparently has been reduced to six.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports that there’s a “good likelihood” that Bell will be picking the Jets, Colts, Ravens, Packers, Texans, or Bills today.

That’s a lot to unpack. The Jets make a ton of sense, for football and business reasons. So do the Ravens, especially as they revamp their offense. The Packers would be fascinating with Bell running and Aaron Rodgers passing. Pairing Bell with Deshaun Watson in Houston would be potentially devastating for defenses, too.

If Buffalo makes the move, it would mean that LeSean McCoy would be elsewhere, possibly back in Philly where the band is in the process of being put back together.

The Colts seem to be the least probable of the bunch, given that the team seems to be careful with its mountain of salary-cap money — and given that they have Marlon Mack. Ultimately, however, owners get what they want, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to learn that Jim Irsay is smitten with the idea of pilfering Bell from Pittsburgh and pairing him up with Andrew Luck.

However it plays out, it’s likely going to play out sooner than later. And someone will have one of the best running backs in football under contract for 2019 and beyond.

89 responses to “Six teams reportedly are in play for Le’Veon Bell

  1. “Pairing Bell with Deshaun Watson in Houston would be potentially devastating for defenses, too.”

    Why? Did the Texans all of sudden get an offensive line? Watson is going to get broken in half unless Houston spends money on protecting him.

    Guys don’t last getting sacked 60+ times a year.

  2. Please not the Packers. We don’t need a me first guy like Bell messing up the locker room there. Jones and Williams combine for similar numbers to Bell at a fraction of the cap cost without any of the headaches. Anywhere but Green Bay.

  3. LOL!!! The Bills! There can finally be no debate if he goes to the Bills he doesn’t care about winning he’s just looking to bank fat stacks of cash. All those other teams aren’t outpost destinations although Baltimore is trending down with all their recent departures and Harbaugh putting a running back in at QB.

  4. It seems like sitting out is about to be validated. Yeah that $14 million from Pittsburgh would have been nice, but with no guarantee beyond first–he almost certainly would have been cut or even worse injured and looking for a prove it deal. Yes, he has delayed receiving money, but that’s just time value of money and he probably got a little bit better with managing money living one year without that paycheck.

  5. My guess is Houston….. then Colts….. then Jets….
    It will come down to nothing more than cash though….. he’ll go to the highest bidder & leave that franchise in salary cap hell……
    Seriously, he’s just a RB….. they are a dime a dozen…. what has he done to help the Steelers win anything???
    ENJOY WATCHING YOUR TEAM DO NOTHING!!!!

  6. Why not Buffalo? We trade McCoy to Philly for a WR – Bell still a stud for next 4 years, helps Josh Allen, Frank Gore solid backup in case of playoff run, Bell used to running in cold weather….I like it.

  7. Cue Packers fans telling Bell to stay off their lawn with barely hidden racism of “character concerns”.

  8. steelcurtainn says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:25 am
    The colts. We’ll see how good he is without a premiere line and qb.

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    Really???

    I don’t think the Colts sign Bell, but Indy has both a premier line a QB.

  9. The Bills again? They are more aggressive than I thought they would be with Antonio Brown, and this situation with Bell. It’s good to see that they are willing to get elite offensive talent, regardless of the player not exactly being one of “their high character guys”. I’d take Bell but he better not get injured if he gets that big payday.

  10. Luckily Buffalo Bill fans know he won’t choose the Bills. Easy to placate the fans by telling us they were “in the running”

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    Two things.. one if the Bills are “in this” it is because they backed a couple truck loads of money to his door. IF you think money is his prime motivator then you have to think they are really in this. Two… everyone who actually goes to Buffalo actually loves it, not on their way in (See Jim Kelly and Shady details) but after they do there they love it. Even TO loved it.

  11. steelcurtainn says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:25 am
    The colts. We’ll see how good he is without a premiere line and qb.

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    Really???

    I don’t think the Colts sign Bell, but Indy has both a premier line and QB.

  12. Please let it not be Buffalo,we don’t need his baggage,although New York State is in the process of legalizing weed.

  13. He isn’t going to the Packers. You don’t pay a QB and RB top dollar and expect to fix the rest of the team.

  14. I don’t think the Colts sign Bell, but Indy has both a premier line a QB.
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    BOTH O-line AND QB are better than Pittsburgh’s.

  15. steelcurtainn says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:25 am
    The colts. We’ll see how good he is without a premiere line and qb.
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    At this point in their respective careers…Luck is more a premiere qb than fat Ben

  16. steelcurtainn says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:25 am
    The colts. We’ll see how good he is without a premiere line and qb.

    Don’t know what you were watching last year but the Colts had one of the better O-lines in football and certainly gave up less sacks than the Steelers. So much for that “We’ll see what he can do without a premier O-line and QB”. At this stage of their careers…Luck is ‘much more’ premiere than Roethlisberger!

  17. “BOTH O-line AND QB are better than Pittsburgh’s.”

    Pittsburgh’s Oline was the highest ranked Oline in the league. Luck is good, but he’s not Ben.
    Not knocking Indy because it would probably be the best fit for him seeing as they have a franchise QB and great offensive line, it’s just not Pittsburgh.

  18. He is NOT worth the $$ he thinks he is.
    His behavior and ABs should show teams that long-term and guaranteed deals mean nothing to players.
    1-2 years max.
    RB position is not worth more than 7-8m a year, even for an OUTSTANDING RB.
    Which Bell is no longer.

  19. I can’t believe six teams are interested in this guy. He’s going to command a ton of money and he’s all about himself. He’s been out of football and he’s likely way out of shape. It’ll be interesting to see how productive he’ll be outside of Pittsburgh. I think any team that gives him ~$15M will regret it since you can just get a RB through the draft. Conner replaced Bell and they didn’t miss a beat and he doesn’t have all the baggage Bell does. I’d much rather spread that money around and improve several other positions instead of spending all that money on a guy who has a history of injury and suspension and seems to only care about himself.

  20. The only teams that become true contenders by signing Bell are the Colts. If he is smarter than he is greedy, he’ll take their offer.
    John Dorsey is looking forward to challenging his old buddy Chris Ballard and getting Bell out of the AFCN. He approves.

  21. You better make sure you have an upper echelon offensive line if you’re going to sign Bell. We’ve all seen how successful Bell’s backup RBs have been…it’s because of the o-line….not Bell in particular.

  22. Finally going to get to see how his “patient” running style works behind a lesser O-line than he had in Pitt. he’s fat off season rusty from doing nothing but jet skiing in Mia. and unmotivated once he gets guaranteed money. Buyer Beware. RB isn’t where I would be spending a bunch of my Cap budget on

  23. buffalosunshine says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:48 am

    Two things.. one if the Bills are “in this” it is because they backed a couple truck loads of money to his door. IF you think money is his prime motivator then you have to think they are really in this. Two… everyone who actually goes to Buffalo actually loves it, not on their way in (See Jim Kelly and Shady details) but after they do there they love it. Even TO loved it.
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    All I am saying is Bill’s management always has an easy out in these situations by saying the player didn’t want to be there. Of course the money has to be there, but I would guess the Bills would have to be way higher, like Mario Williams. Marshawn Lynch and Willis McGahee didn’t love it by the way. I,however, do love it and always will.

  24. battmanri says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:26 am
    It’s all about the Benjamins with this guy. Jets have the most cap space. That’s the pick.
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    you mean they “had” the most cap space- close to 40 million (over 20% of cap space) went to linebackers. I still love their signings…lets face it …guys are getting paid early , so if you want to get paid now is the time to do so…

  25. Let us not forget that he is JUST a RB. And he has some tread on the tires. Sure, he sat a season and may be fresh. But RB’s wear out quick and really are the least important part of the offense right now — QB, solid line, stud WR or good core, then RB. SB champions lately dont seem to have a big time give the ball to work horse they ground and pound with….right?

  26. he will be on IR before the end of the first half of the season. money for nothing. ater he get pounded 25 or 30 times a game after a year off we will see.

  27. mj323 says:

    March 12, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Please not the Packers. We don’t need a me first guy like Bell messing up the locker room there. Jones and Williams combine for similar numbers to Bell at a fraction of the cap cost without any of the headaches. Anywhere but Green Bay
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    Don’t need a me first guy? Don’t you mean another me first guy. You already have the ultimate non-team “leader” in A-Rog.

  28. Don’t do it, Colts. You’re smarter than this and building something that can last longer than the tiny attention span of Bell.

    The other teams all seem more likely to pull this move. Grossly overpaying a past-his prime RB who just sat on the couch for a year, when everyone knows the best value in RBs these days is drafting one. Trashing your cap for a player who has shown he will literally just stop playing if he feels like it.

    None of the other 5 teams are a single player away. The Texans are in good shape overall and the Packers can probably make the stretch, but this is a last-gasp kind of move for teams that probably shouldn’t be thinking in those terms.

    The smartest match would be the Texans. It’s the only place where it’s likely to work. You can’t count on this player, though.

  29. I think Rex Ryan had a lot to do with that (Mario)… not to mention as far as McGahee and Lynch go… I think they were young kids one from Miami and one from the other side of the country.. Bell chose Michigan State.. cold and dreary.. he played for years in Pittsburgh, cold and dreary.. so I don’t think playing for another cold and dreary market would shake him the way it did others. I still think he chooses the Jets or Miami.

  30. All of the comments about Buffalo being a dead-end road are silly.

    Not sure if anyone has watched the NFL for more than a few years – but bad teams do become good sometimes. At one time, even the mighty Patriots were pretty bad.

    Shocker, I know. The Bills are making a lot of good moves, and have a promising young QB. Bell would be a great addition.

  31. PS stop saying his attitude. The guy was the best player on a team with two hall of fame players. He was putting in the work of two people and he wanted to get paid. They kept playing with him seeing if they could get one more year out of him and he said enough. He gave up 14 million dollars to make a point. There is nothing wrong with the guys attitude. He stood up for himself and it cost him a lot of money to do so. More people should do that in society.

  32. I doubt he goes to Green Bay, but if he did, hahaha, what a day that would be in Minnesota. Even the mere thought of it rankles their feathers. Good enough for the rest of us, you know, teams that have actually won something that matters.

  33. steelcurtainn says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:25 am
    The colts. We’ll see how good he is without a premiere line and qb.

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    Indy has both an excellent line and MVP caliber quarterback

  34. Things have gotten out of balance. You have Nick foles and kickers making more than the runningb back. A lot of the reason is supply and demand, but part of it is that it makes economic sense to draft running back and then franchise tag the remaining value. If Barry Sanders were playing today, 40 year sea bass would be making more. This should be fixed.

  35. Packer fans: “We don’t want a ‘me first’ guy.”

    Also Packer fans: “We love Aaron Rodgers.”

  36. Shinnbone says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:30 am
    Welcome to title town Mr. Bell. (This kids has just been misunderstood) Great kid 😉

    The Pack is BACK!!!!
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    Back to mediocrity where they comfortably belong.

  37. Just throwing stuff against the wall to see if it sticks. The question is who is stupid enough to over pay for him. Its a position that young draftees have been putting up production in recent years.

  38. Really???

    I don’t think the Colts sign Bell, but Indy has both a premier line a QB
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    I take that back, colts do have a good qb and line. More likely, the Texans because if he goes to the Ravens, he’s getting hammered twice a year.

  39. Texans or Packers would be the most fun of those teams listed. Still hoping a dark horse team swoops in (Bears? Chiefs? Eagles?)

  40. Teddy Thompson is sleeping at the wheel once again.

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    What is your fixation with Ted Thompson?? He isn’t even the GM anymore. Not much to do in Minnesota this winter???

  41. With all the players deserting the Ravens, if they could somehow obtain Bell, that would be spectacular for them.

  42. Honestly, how much better is Bell going to be than some guy they can draft this season? Look at what his replacement did in Pitt and then compare their salaries. Why would a team spend that much of their cap when they can draft someone at a fraction of the cost and get similar productivity? Doing that also means that they’re spending that saved money on other areas of the team.

  43. Not sure why all of the talking heads think the Ravens are in contention here for a variety of reasons. Since they’ve let all of their field generals on defense walk, they have too many needs on that side with only 23 million in cap space last I saw. I find it hard to believe they would clog all of that up with one player with a limited shelf life. Their coaching staff also recently said what they want from their backs: north-south running. Bell’s style, while it works for him, is not that. I just don’t see it, especially since free agency 2019 is confirming that almost all of these players only care about who will pay the absolute most.

  44. fauxlex says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:40 am
    Cue Packers fans telling Bell to stay off their lawn with barely hidden racism of “character concerns”.

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    I personally hope Aaron Jones gets past the knee injuries and becomes “the guy” for many, many years. That kid’s a great story and his personality is absolutely infectious. He also led the entire league in YPC last year.

    Guys that see racism where there is none make it easy for guys like Trump to rile the masses… which I realize is often the goal… Comrade.

  45. Ian Rappaport says Leveon Bell loves chicken wings,so I guess he. Is headed to Buffalo lol! No to Buffalo, they just got themselves out of cap and dead money hell! They signed Gore to complement his bud Shady! Jets really wanted him last week, but just signed two expensive studs at LB. Colts could go to the Super Bowl with him, Luck and Frank Reich! So I conclude Packers.

  46. this would be such a jets move. make a splash signing to fill seats to make the owners money, with no real improvement in the standings at the end of the year. watching them live in foxboro last year, they were a mess. darnold was running for his life. the jets need a o line. they need a defense that can stop somebody. they dont need some frilly running back that catches a lot of passes and dances at the line. jets fans know this song and dance. hype. a tiny bit of early gratification. years of salary and disappointment. repeat. as long as the johnson brothers own the jets, they will be nothing but a profit center for them.

  47. Bell is great, for sure. As many have already said, what is the value of a great RB vs. one who is merely good? Most teams can make due with a couple of decent guys.

    With Bell you also need an OC and a QB who know how to get the best out of him.

  48. gohawks7 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:08 am
    You better make sure you have an upper echelon offensive line if you’re going to sign Bell. We’ve all seen how successful Bell’s backup RBs have been…it’s because of the o-line….not Bell in particular.
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    Man Pittsburgh must be some franchise. The fans believe one of the best receivers in the league, Antonio Brown, and one of the best running backs in the league were only great because they played in Pittsburgh.

  49. Ha Ha ‘Ravens let their Generals walk’. First, let’s not get back into cap hell that we just exited with SB MVP Joe leaving by giving Bell a huge deal. However, let’s just understand that one guy that left was a huge contributor. Love Sizzle, but he had exactly ONE sack last 10 games of the season, will be 37 shortly. Weddle? dude had TWO passes defended and ZERO interceptions the entire season. It’s not not he was one of the top tacklers on the team either. He’d make a great coach at this point. Z’Darius Smith packed a great punch on the inside pass rush, he’s a loss no doubt.

    Let’s see how it plays out!

  50. Western NY is one of the most beautiful places in the country. People always make it sound like a dump. Awesome place to work and live.

  51. billsrthefuture says:
    March 12, 2019 at 1:47 pm
    Western NY is one of the most beautiful places in the country. People always make it sound like a dump. Awesome place to work and live.

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    depends on the person. most nfl players are young guys that are in the prime of their life and loaded with $$$. theyre looking for exciting nightlife and beautiful women everywhere. not nice scenery while you drive a 200 mile stretch of highway.

  52. From a lot of these comments I’ve come to one conclusion: WOW the sheer number of casual fans that Bell hangs out and is tight with is unbelievable!

    A lot of these paople act like they hung out with Bell on a daily basis by their comments saying he’s fat, he’ gained 40lbs, he’s slowed down or his favorite food is chicken wings.

    People are outta their effing minds now days!

  53. DeShaun Watson, D-Hop, Bell and the two 2nd yr TE’s….could be fun…

    and yes, we need to address the oline.

  54. billsrthefuture says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:29 am

    All of the comments about Buffalo being a dead-end road are silly.

    Not sure if anyone has watched the NFL for more than a few years – but bad teams do become good sometimes. At one time, even the mighty Patriots were pretty bad.

    Shocker, I know. The Bills are making a lot of good moves, and have a promising young QB. Bell would be a great addition.

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    Just a question: exactly what did Josh do in college that makes you think that he is a promising QB and is going to be so good in the NFL that he was worth the 7th overall pick? Because I totally missed it and I was thinking he’s about a 3rd or 4th rounder by the game tape, so the ONLY thing that explains him going 7th overall is SHEER DESPERATION!

    The ONLY two things I ever heard was his stature and arm strength and that was at the Combine, before all the Combine media HYPE I never heard a single word about him so when I heard about him I went and dug up some game tape and I didn’t see anything special about him that stood out or would make anyone believe he’d be a stand out at the next level. He only had 1812yd and 16TDs with a 56% completion rate as a senior and he wasn’t even the best QB in that 2nd rate division! Sorry I’m just not seeing a guy that’s going to be anything special at this level, OH he may be a middle of the road QB but I surely don’t see him being much above that and that ISN’T worth a 7th overall pick. But then again mediocre would be a couple of steps up in Buffalo!

  55. It’ll be Bears. Why? Consider:
    1. Bears restructured Mack’s contract to free up $11M.
    2. Bears in a WIN NOW mode with Trubisky still on rookie deal and Hicks getting older.
    3. Illinois tax rate is only 4%. New York’s is almost 9%.
    4. Bears have very good OL.
    5. A great RB is their one missing link.
    6. Bell wants to be in the SB.

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