During the Buffalo Bills-Tennessee Titans game on Tuesday night, it was announced that after failing to trade him, the New York Jets had released running back Le’Veon Bell.
In the 24 hours since Bell's release, the best NFL betting sites have released odds on NFL teams most likely to sign the star running back. So, which team is the favorite to land the former superstar? Let's take a look at betting odds to sign Le'Veon Bell.
Bell was New York’s marquee free-agent signing in 2019, with the Jets giving him a four-year, $52.5-million contract. Not even halfway through the deal, they’ve let him go for nothing, meaning that he made $28 million in just 18 games with the Jets. Now the questions become where will Le'Veon Bell sign and when?
Here are the betting odds for which team will sign Le’Veon Bell, per BetOnline:
Where Will Le’Veon Bell Play Next?
|Kansas City Chiefs||+650|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+750|
|San Francisco 49ers||+1000|
|New York Giants||+1200|
|Washington Football Team||+1200|
|New England Patriots||+1400|
Odds as of October 14 at BetOnline Sportsbook
Why The Bears Are Favored To Sign Bell
The Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes are in full swing now, and the 4-1 Chicago Bears are the team most primed to grab him. The Bears open as the favorites to land Bell at +400, and for a team that lacks production from the running back position, this move would make the most sense.
I believe we have already seen Bell at his best, and highly doubt that we will see him become the bell-cow back on any team. However, he does provide value both as a pass-catcher and blocker, something the Bears desperately need.
Chicago has already made a quarterback change, so why not make a running back change as well? David Montgomery is the featured back for the Bears but has not produced to the level they require. With Tarik Cohen out for the season, Chicago has been using Cordarrelle Patterson at the running back position at times.
Bell could provide head coach Matt Nagy with many options in both the passing and rushing game and help elevate this offense. Adding him to a team that is already competitive in the NFC could take the Bears from a bubble playoff team to a legit contender.
For any bettors who may think a reunion in Pittsburgh is in order, you can dismiss talk of that because of how the relationship between Bell and the Steelers ended, and the emergence of James Conner.
Don’t Sleep On The Dolphins To Sign Bell
The Miami Dolphins are coming off their biggest win of the season, on the road against the San Francisco 49ers. Looking at the Dolphins offense, there is a glaring lack of playmakers outside of DeVante Parker. The Dolphins have been competitive in their five games this season under second-year head coach Brian Flores and the defense has been no slouch either.
Bell wants to prove himself to the rest of the NFL, and at +900 the Dolphins could be the perfect place for him to do so. He would be able to remain in the AFC East, help a team compete for a playoff spot, and get to face the Jets.
The Dolphins have a bit of a crowded backfield with Myles Gaskin, Matt Breida and Jordan Howard. Gaskin has been the feature back, taking 66 percent of the offensive snaps, while Howard and Breida have combined for just 45 rushes and 114 yards.
The Dolphins sit just one game back of the Las Vegas Raiders for the final playoff spot in the AFC. If Bell could come in and contribute and not be a problem in the locker room, they could surprise everyone and make a run at the playoffs.
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