Le’Veon Bell wants to play for a contender, and a team where he can have a pretty major role in the offense. One AFC team that fits the bill has confirmed interest in the former Pro Bowler running back: the Buffalo Bills.
After electing to skip a season rather than play under the franchise tag for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell signed with the New York Jets for a four-year, $52 million contract. He was released one quarter of the way through his second year. Now, he’s free to sign basically anywhere that wants him for the minimum, as the Jets will owe him the rest of his deal.
According to a report by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, there are three teams that are in the running to sign Bell. Two are division rivals to the Jets: the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins. The final franchise is the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bills feel like a good potential match. While Josh Allen has been pretty incredible at quarterback, the rushing attack has only managed 3.9 yards per carry. Bell could complement Devin Singletary and Zack Moss pretty well, and aid in the passing attack. Head coach Sean McDermott has reportedly confirmed the team’s interest in him.
Sean McDermott confirms the Bills have looked into signing Le’Veon Bell.
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) October 15, 2020
Le’Veon Bell’s tenure in New York was pretty disappointing. He did manage 1,250 yards from scrimmage in 2019, but he only reached the end zone four times. It was among his worst seasons in the NFl.
This year, injuries hampered Bell. In two appearances, he has 19 carries for 74 yards, and three receptions for 39 yards. He has not scored this season.
The Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs are both legitimate Super Bowl contenders out of the AFC. The Miami Dolphins are still in rebuilding mode, but they probably provide the most potential playing time and touches. It will be interesting to see how Bell weighs those considerations in picking a team.
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