Ravens Out On Le’Veon Bell?

It appears the Le’Veon Bell sweepstakes are coming to an end. It “seems like” Bell is down to the Jets and the Ravens as his final two choices on where to sign, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network (Twitter link).

Contradicting Rapoport’s report, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports tweets that he continues “to be told the Ravens are not in on Le’Veon Bell.” It’s unclear who’s right, but the Ravens would definitely be at a significant disadvantage as they’re in a much worse cap situation than the Jets.

The Jets have been the team most consistently and heavily linked to Bell over the past handful of months, but the Ravens appear to be making a late push and coming on strong, depending on who you believe. We also just heard the Ravens were the “frontrunners” to sign Mark Ingram, which could limit their willingness to pursue Bell.

Bell appears genuinely interested in the Ravens, and “has indicated to some friends around the league how much he likes Baltimore,” Rapoport writes. Less than an hour ago it was reported the Raiders hadn’t quite ruled out signing Bell yet, but it appears they’re lagging far behind if they’re even still in it at all.

The Jets were just spurned by linebacker Anthony Barr, and the latest word is that the Jets were going to use some of the money they were going to pay Barr to make “a last and final big offer” to Bell. The Jets desperately need a running back and have some of the most cap space in the NFL, so they can outbid anybody.

The Colts have officially been declared out and other teams like the Texans and Bills always seemed like long-shots. If it’s really down to just the Jets and Ravens like it appears to be, we should know where Bell is heading very soon.

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16 comments on “Ravens Out On Le’Veon Bell?

    • kenleyfornia2

      Those plays would take forever to develop between him and Jackson lol

    • Clark K32

      Baltimore would waste his talent. Jackson isn’t capable of utilizing him in the passing game (Calm down fan boys, his high was 14 completions). & the last thing you want in an option offense is a patient runner. The longer those plays take the greater the opportunity for disaster. & that box is getting ready to be loaded.

      Don’t get me wrong, the Jets are terrible, despite their spending, but if there is a factor beyond $, his numbers would be better in NJ.

  1. yoyo137

    If this happens I’m going to be so hyped. My favorite RB to my favorite team, I just hope we don’t get Ingram instead and overpay for him. I’d definitely rather have them pay Le’Veon.

  2. oneoffcommenter

    You can see how much this guy doesn’t want to go to the Jets. I’m sure their offer must blow the competition out of the water but he has tried to drum up interest with other teams to hope one will bite.

    Ravens seem to be the last ones standing. Given their massive FA losses already, they should have the ability to spend here.

  3. vinman66

    Just found out bell is going to sign with the Jets, it will be announced in the next 2 days, you should here the news on Thursday, they are working out some details

  4. bowserhound

    Just go get paid by the Jet$, I thought that was why you held out all of last season. Get paid and play in mediocracy for the remainder of your career.

  5. Armaday

    No more mediocracy in Jetsville. Get ready for worst to first and eat your words!

    • kylewait89

      I don’t want him in Baltimore. I just don’t. Not that he isn’t talented but I don’t want a good player who thinks he’s above the team parading around in black and purple. We just lost a few team guys. Don’t make it worse by adding non team friendly guys.

  6. The Ghost of Bobby Bonilla

    As a Steeler fan, please, please please sign in Baltimore, Lev.

    Use up all of their cap space and watch teams stack 10 guys in the box against him and Lamar. That will be a sight to see.

    • kylewait89

      I mean they’d just pop it to Andrews who can make big plays. Or take the risk of letting Bell or Lamar take off. Gotta remember that coaches still won’t let a guy run with that many in the box.

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