Earlier today (October 15), it was reported by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN that free agent running back Le’Veon Bell has narrowed his decision down to three teams: the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and Kansas City Chiefs. And according to what sources told Pro Football Network Insider Benjamin Allbright, the Bills are making a late push to sign Bell.
While Bell is considering the Chiefs, the Bills were able to get a call into Bell yesterday and make their case for consideration, which he now is. This should come as only a mild shock. After all, Bell is represented by Adisa Bakari and Jefferey Whitney, who also represent Bills wide reciever Stefon Diggs.
Sources also told Allbright that the Chicago Bears, New England Patriots, and Las Vegas Raiders had contacted Le’Veon Bell. This is the second time the Raiders made a run at Bell and have come up short. According to Allbright, the Raiders were the runners-up for Bell when he was a free agent in 2019.
A Le’Veon Bell and Miami Dolphins marriage makes perfect sense
A Le’Veon Bell and Miami Dolphins’ marriage has always made sense. The Dolphins are just one game out of a playoff spot after five games. They should be doing everything in their power to add a boost to those chances.
Considering their running game is one of the weakest parts of the offense, it should come as no surprise they’re making a run at Le’Veon Bell. Myles Gaskin is averaging less than 50 yards per game, and while he’s a decent receiver, he’s nowhere near Bell at his peak.
The upside for such a move would be monumental for a Dolphins team that really has nothing to lose by making a move like this. It doesn’t hurt that this would give Bell a shot to get back at the New York Jets later this season. Although the Dolphins play the Jets on Sunday, Le’Veon Bell would need to be held out due to the NFL’s five-day holding window because of the global health situation.
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The Buffalo Bills are an odd fit for Le’Veon Bell
There are tons of teams around the league that make sense for Le’Veon Bell, but I don’t think the Bills are one of them. Buffalo has two young running backs that lead the way for one of the most exciting offenses in the NFL.
Making a move for Bell and benching Devin Singletary and Zack Moss makes little sense at this point. That said, the Bills have likely gotten this far due to a strong personal connection. As mentioned above, Bell has the same agents as Stefon Diggs. That connection can be a powerful one, as it can likely give Bell a preview of what coming to Buffalo may be like inside the locker room.
Even if the Bills are offering less money or playing time, a good culture could be all Le’Veon Bell wants after his time with the Jets. Not to mention, the Bills are legitimate Super Bowl contenders after starting the year 4-1.
Could the Chiefs offense get any more stacked?
Let’s be honest – the Chiefs don’t need any help on offense. They have All-Pros along the offensive line, at wide receiver, and tight end. Even their running back, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, was a first-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Edwards-Helaire has been playing well. He’s averaging 4.2 yards per carry and 9.9 yards per receptions. At his current pace, Helaire would have 1,100 yards rushing and 581 yards receiving in his rookie year. That would make Helaire’s rookie season one of the greatest of all time.
Despite that, the Chiefs could very well be the favorites to sign Le’Veon Bell. Why? It’s simple. To be the best offense in the NFL, you have to always be adding talent. The Chiefs didn’t get to where they are now by being complacent with the elite players on their roster. They’re always looking to add and improve. Basically, if Andy Reid can find a use for an offensive player, then the Chiefs will try to bring them in.
That’s great news for Le’Veon Bell, who would seem likely to bounce back with the Kansas City Chiefs. A strong offensive line and a creative offensive play-caller can do wonders for a running back. No team in the NFL is better in those departments than the Chiefs.