Former New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell has narrowed his free agent search to three teams, the same three the Jets are about to play.
And then there were three. Former New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell is a free agent once again. This time, however, it feels a bit different than when he signed his massive four-year, $52.5 million deal during the 2019 offseason.
Bell is looking for a squad in-season after five weeks have already passed. While that presents serious challenges, there are plenty of teams who’ll bring the former All-Pro back aboard.
It appears the search is down to three teams, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The three are the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs, and interestingly, those are the very same three teams the Jets will face over the next three weeks.
Le’Veon Bell currently plans to sign with one of three teams, per source: Dolphins, Chiefs, Bills. Barring change, Bell will decide among these teams as early as today. Steelers reunion unlikely at this point.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 15, 2020
ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that the Le'Veon Bell decision is down to three teams, the Bills, Dolphins and Chiefs—the New York Jets' next three opponents. #TakeFlight
— Jets X-Factor (@jetsxfactor) October 15, 2020
Thanks to a revision in the schedule—for COVID-19-related purposes—the Jets’ original Week 6 opponent was slated to be the Los Angeles Chargers. That was moved to Week 11, while the Jets’ bye week slid up a week from Week 11 to Week 10, and the Dolphins game in Miami moved up to Week 6.
In Week 7, the Bills come to MetLife Stadium prior to the tough date in Kansas City a week later.
Bell, 28, was released by the Jets Tuesday after he took to social media following the team’s 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals this past Sunday. Bell “liked” several tweets suggesting that head coach Adam Gase had been misusing him. He even went as far as to “like” a tweet that suggested the Jets trade him.
General manager Joe Douglas made Bell’s wish turn into a reality late Tuesday night.
Now, per Fowler, Le’Veon Bell may make a decision on his next employer as early as Thursday, and if those are the only three squads in the running, the New York Jets will see their former back extremely soon.