After months of speculation, 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 free-agent star running back.
Jets are favored to land Bell
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The Jets are the +500 favorites to sign the superstar back.
Bell, who was away from the Steelers for the entire 2018 season due to a major contract dispute, declined to sign his one-year, $14.5-million franchise tender with the team by the deadline. On February 20, the Steelers announced they had no plans to place a transition tag on Bell, paving the way for him to hit the open market.
With Bell set to enter free agency, 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 Indianapolis Colts, Jets, Buffalo Bills, Oakland Raiders and Cleveland Browns currently have the most salary-cap space. Due to the direction of the tanking Raiders, it seems unlikely Jon Gruden would go after Bell, but it’s hard to predict Gruden at this point.
On March 4, a high-profile agent told Connor Hughes of The Athletic that the Jets are “undeniably the favorite” to sign the running back. The Bucs and Eagles are also expected to pursue Bell.
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.
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