Le'Veon Bell

#26 RB / N.Y. Jets / EXP: 6YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 225 lb Age: 27 College: Michigan State Bye 4

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    Jets' Le'Veon Bell: Arrives for mandatory minicamp

    Le'Veon Bell arrived at the New York Jets' facility and is expected to report for mandatory minicamp Tuesday, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reports.Bell was absent for voluntary workouts and OTAs, as he elected to work out on his own during the offseason. It's nothing new for the 27-year-old, who employed a similar strategy while with the Steelers. Fresh off signing a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March, Bell is poised to be the centerpiece of the offense after sitting out the 2018 season.

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    Jets' Le'Veon Bell: Not present for voluntary workouts

    Le'Veon Bell hasn't been present at the New York Jets' team facility since the first week of voluntary workouts, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.This doesn't seem to be a point of contention, as Bell likely informed the Jets of his plan when he signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract last month. He's always preferred to work out on his own during the offseason -- something that may have played a role in his inability to secure a long-term contract with Pittsburgh. In any case, the 27-year-old has plenty of time to get in shape and learn coach Adam Gase's playbook before rejoining his teammates for OTAs in May or mandatory minicamp in June. Gase said he'll be cautious about overworking his star runner, but it will be tough to take Bell off the field for more than a breather when the backfield alternatives are Ty Montgomery, Elijah McGuire, Trenton Cannon and De'Angelo Henderson.

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    Jets' Le'Veon Bell: Centerpiece of offense

    Coach Adam Gase said the New York Jets will cater the offense around Le'Veon Bell in 2019, Randy Lange of the team's official site reports. "We'll easily be able to adapt to what Le'Veon does in the run game," Gase mentioned. "It's just going to take more of the chemistry part of line, him, quarterback, receivers, tight ends, everybody just getting used to playing with each other. And the run schemes that he's really good at, we'd be fools to not to do those."After holding out last season, Bell finally wrested himself free of the Steelers, and despite missing out on the $14.5 franchise tender, netted a four-year, $52.5 million contract from the Jets during the legal tampering period in mid-March. He immediately becomes the focus of the entire Jets offense behind signal-caller Sam Darnold, who showed promise in 13 starts as a rookie. Bell himself is just 27 years old, but he also had the most touches (1,252) and snaps (2,932) among running backs between 2014 and 2018. Gase addressed the high usage, saying, "We'll keep an eye on that." During the aforementioned stretch, Bell averaged 409 touches for 2,200 yards from scrimmage and 11 touchdowns per 16 games, so there's little doubt he'll be among the first handful of players selected during draft season.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Signing with Jets

    Le'Veon Bell agreed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the Jets on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.Earlier Tuesday the Jets gave Bell a deadline to decide if he would sign with them, and Bell finally came to terms with $13.125 million per year. Bell held out the entire 2018 season despite having a $14.54 million tender on the table, but this deal gives the versatile back more long-term security even though it's at a lower annual rate. Bell averaged 141.8 scrimmage yards per game over his last two campaigns, but he hasn't played an NFL snap since the 2017 season. He'll be the clear-cut No. 1 running back for the Jets, and his receiving abilities -- and mere presence -- will boost Sam Darnold's value moving forward.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Gets deadline from Jets

    The Jets have given Le'Veon Bell a deadline to decide if he will sign with them, Connor Hughes of The Athletic reports.Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports the Raiders are still alive in the bidding, while Ian Rapoport of NFL Network suggests the Ravens have emerged as the favorites to sign Mark Ingram. The Jets presumably intend to revoke their contract offer and shift the focus to other running backs if Bell doesn't make a decision before the unspecified deadline.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Won't be tagged

    Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday that the team wouldn't use the transition tag on Le'Veon Bell, who thus becomes a free agent March 13 at the beginning of the new league year, Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.Despite rumors to the contrary, it never made much sense for Pittsburgh to use the tag, as doing so would have left the team at risk of losing Bell without any compensation. The 27-year-old will now be part of the compensatory draft pick formula for 2020, likely bring the Steelers a selection at the end of the third or fourth round. Even after sitting out the entire 2018 season, Bell should have his own price range among the free-agent class of running backs. Mark Ingram, Tevin Coleman, Jay Ajayi (knee), Latavius Murray, C.J. Anderson and Adrian Peterson are the other big names available.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Drawing interest from Jets

    The Jets are expected to pursue Le'Veon Bell during the offseason, NJ.com's Darryl Slater reports.Flush with cap space and short on explosive playmakers, the Jets have long been rumored as a potential fit for Bell, though the interest isn't necessarily mutual. It remains to be seen if the Pittsburgh Steelers will use a transition tag, which would allow them to work out a trade or match any offer sheet but also would eliminate the possibility of a compensatory draft pick. A third consecutive franchise tag with the intention of keeping Bell in Pittsburgh seems to be out of the question at a cost upward of $20 million, so there's little question Bell will have the opportunity to find a new team. He'll turn 27 in February after sitting out the entire 2018 season.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Could get transition tag

    Le'Veon Bell could receive a transition tag from the Pittsburgh Steelers during the offseason, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.Bell became ineligible for 2018 when he failed to report to the Steelers on Tuesday. He will now turn his focus to the upcoming offseason, at which point a third franchise tag would be prohibitively expensive for the Steelers, thus giving Bell all the leverage. The Steelers still have the option to use a transition tag for approximately $14.5 million, which would give them the right to match any offer sheet Bell signs with another team. The problem with that option is a lack of draft-pick compensation, whereas Pittsburgh likely would receive a mid-round pick if it simply allowed Bell to become an unrestricted free agent. The final option makes the most sense and would enable Bell to choose his next home without the Steelers having any involvement. He'll turn 27 years old in February and may find that some teams are worried about his year-long absence from football, even though the running back met his stated goal of avoiding wear and tear during a contract year.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Won't report, 2018 season over

    Le'Veon Bell (contract dispute) won't report to the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday's 4 p.m. EST deadline, making him ineligible for the rest of the 2018 season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.This was the expected outcome for Bell, despite reports of him being spotted in Pittsburgh last week. Bell will thus turn his attention to the offseason, when he could hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent unless the Steelers elect to use a transition tag on him. Despite skipping all of 2018, a number of teams will likely be vying for Bell's services, given his status as one of the league's best backs over the first five years of his career. As for the rest of this season, James Conner (concussion) -- who is expected to clear the NFL five-step protocol for head injuries Wednesday -- should remain the workhorse back for the Steelers. Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels also remain on hand as depth options.

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    Steelers' Le'Veon Bell: Unlikely to report by deadline

    Le'Veon Bell (contract dispute) isn't expected to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday's deadline, which would make him ineligible to return this season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.Bell was spotted in Pittsburgh earlier this week but has yet to join the team and has offered no further indication he intends to report, even though owner Art Rooney II recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio he believed the running back would be in the fold by Tuesday. If Schefter's report comes to pass and the 26-year-old does end up taking off the full season, he'll apparently be content to head into free agency knowing Pittsburgh is unlikely to issue the franchise tag a third time, though it's worth noting the Steelers could try a transition tag angle. James Conner (concussion) would continue to act as the workhorse back for the Steelers if Bell remains away from the team, assuming Conner's head injury doesn't prove to be significant. Stevan Ridley and Jaylen Samuels are the remaining running backs on the roster.