Le’Veon Bell Rumors: Jets, Ravens Vying For Star, New York Might Up Supply After Anthony Barr Debacle

A bunch of teams have been linked to Le’Veon Bell in recent days. The Oakland Raiders and Chicago Bears are reportedly interested in signing the running back, while the Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills have all been viewed as possible destinations.

With more money to spend than all of those teams, the New York Jets have been seen as the frontrunners to sign Bell. The two sides hadn’t agreed to a contract as of early Tuesday afternoon, and the Baltimore Ravens could be standing in the way of a deal getting done.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bell is considering both New York and Baltimore. The Jets have reportedly made a final offer, though the three-time Pro Bowl player seems to be intrigued by the possibility of joining the Ravens.

Josina Anderson of ESPN reports one of the following teams "has a good likelihood" of signing Le'Veon Bell today: Jets, Colts, Ravens, Packers, Texans, Bills.

— Dave Biddle (@davebiddle) March 12, 2019

With Anthony Barr spurning the #Jets, they have some extra money. I’m told they’ve taken some of that money and made a last and final big offer to Le’Veon Bell. It’s decision time for the ex-#Steelers RB.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019

While the #Jets made a best and final offer to Le’Veon Bell, the #Ravens are still in it, as well, I’m told. And Bell has indicated to some friends around the league how much he likes Baltimore. It seems like Ravens vs. Jets for Bell at the end.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 12, 2019

As @JosinaAnderson reports, several suitors for Bell. Re @Ravens, I’d be stunned if they were highest bidder.

— Peter King (@peter_king) March 12, 2019

Bell has been expected to take the most guaranteed money that’s offered to him. He sat out the entirety of the 2018 NFL season and passed up a $14.54 million salary, hoping to maximize his earnings in free agency.

The Jets have more available salary cap space than they thought they would at the start of the day. New York expected to sign Anthony Barr, but the linebacker reportedly got cold feet and chose to return to the Minnesota Vikings.

New York has reportedly agreed to sign linebacker C.J. Mosley to an $85 million contract.

Mosley had spent his entire career with Baltimore. The Ravens have also reportedly lost veteran Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith in free agency. Baltimore released safety Eric Weddle last week.

Perhaps those moves will allow the Ravens to give big money to Bell, though it might come as a surprise if they make the most lucrative offer to the former Pittsburgh Steelers’ running back.

Bell is reportedly looking to earn around $15 million or $16 million per season.

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