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Odds on Which NFL Team Will Sign Le’Veon Bell in 2019

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

After months of speculation, it’s looking like Le’Veon Bell’s time with the Pittsburgh Steelers has come to an end. That means Bell will be searching for a new team in the 2019 NFL offseason, and odds are out on which clubs have the best chance to sign the star running back.

Jets are favored to land Bell

Bovada is offering a prop special for which NFL team Bell will be on for Week 1 of the 2019 campaign, with the New York Jets carrying the favorite label with a price of +285. The Oakland Raiders (+450), Philadelphia Eagles (+650), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (+650) and Baltimore Ravens (+900) are next up on the list.

The Jets are the +285 favorites to sign the superstar back.

Bell, who’s been away from the Steelers all season due to a major contract dispute, declined to sign his one-year, $14.5-million franchise tender with the team by Tuesday’s deadline. The 26-year-old is now ineligible to suit up for Pittsburgh or anyone else this year. Almost 11 months ago, Bell said he would consider sitting out the season if the team kept him from free agency in the form of a second franchise tag – a threat he’s since followed through on.

With Bell set to hit the open market, he’ll become one of the biggest free agents we’ve seen in the league in quite some time. He’s expected to have no shortage of suitors due to the many running back-needy teams around the NFL. The Michigan State product has decided to bet on himself going forward, and it’s believed he’s looking to become the highest-paid running back in the league, which would have to eclipse Todd Gurley’s recent four-year, $57.5-million deal with $45 million guaranteed.

Plenty of franchises with cap space in 2019

According to OvertheCap.com, the Jets, Raiders, Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns and Buffalo Bills currently have the most salary-cap space heading into 2019. Due to the direction of the tanking Raiders, it seems unlikely Jon Gruden would go after Bell, but the other three teams could make a serious pitch for his services.

One squad that sticks out is the Ravens. Baltimore is a longtime archrival of Pittsburgh, and going to Maryland would guarantee Bell the opportunity to face his old team twice a year in the regular season.

The Ravens, who are projected to have around $30 million in cap space next year, are relatively weak at running back with a rotation of Alex Collins, Javorius Allen and the recently acquired Ty Montgomery. None of those guys are difference makers, but adding Bell to the mix could put them over the top in the AFC North.

Where Bell goes from here remains up in the air, but his time in the Steel City is most certainly done. Where do you think he’ll end up? Have your say in the comments.

Which NFL team will Le’Veon Bell be on in Week 1 of the 2019 season?

Odds as of November 14 at Bovada

  • New York Jets +285
  • Oakland Raiders +450
  • Philadelphia Eagles +650
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers +650
  • Baltimore Ravens +900
  • Indianapolis Colts +900
  • San Francisco 49ers +900
  • Houston Texans +1200
  • Pittsburgh Steelers +1600
  • Miami Dolphins +1600

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