Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back has not played a down of professional football since January 2018. He sat out the entire 2018 season due to a contract dispute and seemingly left the Steelers on negative terms.
One team that has been suggested as a possible destination for the All-Pro running back may not want him at all. ProFootballTalk reported on Tuesday morning that the Indianapolis Colts simply are not interested in Bell’s services.
Bell to Indianapolis makes sense from football and business standpoints. The Colts were resurgent in 2018 thanks to a greatly improved offensive line and an MVP-caliber season from Andrew Luck. However, Indy has never given Luck a great running game to work with, and the Colts have nearly $100 million in salary cap room to play with this offseason.
Still, it seems the Colts would rather stick with the much cheaper Marlon Mack in the backfield. The South Florida product had a nice rookie season in 2018, accruing more than 900 rushing yards and nine touchdowns for a team that otherwise finished below the league average in rushing yards per game.
As for Bell, it seems he is most likely to end up with the New York Jets or Oakland Raiders at this point. Both teams are in need of offensive star power and, in the case of the Raiders, Bell would reunite with former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown.
On Monday, Bell tweeted that he was “torn” on what to do.
I’m sooooo torn right now ____…decisions
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 11, 2019
Then, on Tuesday, former NFL wide receiver Antonio Bryant suggested Bell had made a decision, but would let Bell tell the world where he is playing next season.
Congrats @LeVeonBell on getting that _
Gonna let him tell you the team
— _ (@AB89x) March 12, 2019