The NFL free agency period will begin on Wednesday, March 13. One of the top free agents on the market this season is running back Le’Veon Bell. Bell sat out all of last season because he couldn’t receive a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, they traded wide receiver Antonio Brown to the Oakland Raiders for a 2019 third-round pick and a 2019 fifth-round pick. With that in mind, will Le’Veon Bell sign with Oakland when the free agency period begins on Wednesday?
Bell and Brown were teammates in Pittsburgh for several years. They didn’t have any issues getting along with each other. Both of them are superstars in the NFL.
The Raiders were one of the worst teams in the league last season. They don’t have a true three down back. Marshawn Lynch, Doug Martin, Jalen Richard, and DeAndre Washington were some of the running backs who saw carries for Oakland last season. Le’Veon Bell would be a major upgrade for Oakland, and he is a back who can play three downs and catch passes out of the backfield.
Bell is 27 years old and in the prime of his career. Up to this point, he has rushed for 5,336 yards on 1,229 carries and 35 touchdowns. He has also caught 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns.
Maybe it’s more than coincidence that Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is following Bell on Twitter and vice versa.
Other teams have interest in him like the New York Jets, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Baltimore Ravens.
I don’t think it would be a crazy idea for Brown and Bell to team up once again in 2019 and for years to come. A lot of Steelers fans might advise against that. They believe that they were distractions inside the locker room, and they could very well create the same problem in Oakland.
If Bell signs with the Raiders, it is quite possible that the AFC West would be the toughest division in the NFL next season. The Kansas City Chiefs will have Patrick Mahomes and an elite offense, the Los Angeles Chargers will have one of the best rosters in the NFL, and the Denver Broncos will be better after getting a new head coach and acquiring quarterback Joe Flacco in a trade from the Baltimore Ravens. No matter what, the final season in Oakland is shaping up to be an exciting one.