Report: RB Bell choosing between Chiefs, Bills, Dolphins
Le’Veon Bell reportedly plans to sign with either the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills or Miami Dolphins, ESPN reported on Thursday.
The report also said that a decision could come perhaps as early as Thursday, one day after the disgruntled running back was released by the New York Jets (0-5).
The high-octane Chiefs (4-1) are averaging 119.4 rushing yards per game, which is 13th-best in the NFL. They are led in the backfield by rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who leads the team in carries (81) and rushing yards (344).
The Bills (4-1) have rushed for just 93.8 yards per game, which is 28th in the league. Devin Singletary leads the team in carries (61) and rushing yards (238), however rookie Zack Moss has only played in two games due to injury.
Buffalo coach Sean McDermott confirmed Thursday that the team has looked into Bell.
“We always look into every situation, this being one of them. Trying to improve our football team — that’s all I can say right now,” McDermott said, via ESPN.
The Dolphins (2-3) rank 21st in the league with 104.2 rushing yards per game. Myles Gaskin has rushed 64 times for 249 yards to pace their ground attack.
Miami head coach Brian Flores was asked about the team’s interest in Bell during Thursday’s press conference.
“That’s really more of a question for (general manager) Chris (Grier),” Flores said, via the Miami Herald. “My focus is on (Sunday’s game against the) Jets and the players they have on their team.
“I’ve said this before, he’s a very good player, as a personnel staff, an organization, (we consider) anyone available who can help our team.”
For what it’s worth, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick wasn’t interested in talking about Bell on Thursday.
“I wouldn’t be able to really talk about anybody that’s not a member of our team now,” Belichick said. “So I’d have to pass on that one. Whatever I’ve said about Bell before on the record, I stand by that, for sure.”
Bell, 28, carried 13 times for 60 yards in the Jets’ 30-10 loss to Arizona on Sunday after missing the previous three games with a hamstring injury. In two games this season, the three-time Pro Bowl selection has 74 yards on 19 carries and three receptions for three yards.
Last season, Bell was a disappointment with a paltry 3.2 yards per carry while rushing for 789 yards and three touchdowns. He also caught 66 passes for 461 yards and one score.
Bell topped 1,200 rushing yards three times in five seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 2013-17 while twice earning first-team All-Pro honors. He missed the entire 2018 campaign in a salary dispute after refusing to sign a $14.5 million franchise tag.
–Field Level Media