AFC West Notes: Bell, Broncos, Nassib, Bolts

Less than an hour after Le’Veon Bell‘s Jets departure became official, rumors about his new team are surfacing. While Bell’s suitor list is not yet known, many around the league expect the Chiefs to be interested in the former All-Pro back, Jeremy Fowler of tweets. The Chiefs made a somewhat similar move last year, signing LeSean McCoy — after the Bills cut him — to play behind then-starter Damien Williams. Kansas City used a first-round pick on Clyde Edwards-Helaire but has lower-profile backs Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson — after Damien Williams’ July opt-out — backing up the rookie. Bell, whose disappointing Jets stay secured him nearly $30MM, will prioritize his fit in an offense and a team’s chances of contending before choosing his next destination, per Fowler. Bell returned in Week 5 from a hamstring injury and averaged 4.62 yards per carry on 13 totes in the Jets’ loss to the Cardinals.

Here is the latest from the AFC West:

  • While Cam Newton‘s return to the Patriots’ active roster points to the Broncos facing him and not Jarrett Stidham this week, Drew Lock also appears on the verge of a return. The Denver starter participated fully in practice Wednesday. A Week 6 return would be in the timeframe initially set after Lock’s Week 2 shoulder injury. The Broncos used two different starters, running their post-Peyton Manning total to nine, in Lock’s absence. Were Lock to be held out another week, Brett Rypien would be in line to log a second start.
  • Mark Barron‘s Broncos debut remains on hold. On IR because of a hamstring injury, Barron suffered a pectoral malady that will delay his return to action, Mike Klis of 9News tweets. The Broncos signed Barron late in the summer, but the former first-round pick does not have a clear-cut return date.
  • The Raiders are also going to be without a rotational defender for a bit. Carl Nassib suffered a broken toe during the team’s win over the Chiefs, per Mike Garafolo of (on Twitter). It is, in fact, a big toe injury. The former Browns and Buccaneers pass rusher will likely be out a while, though a concrete timetable does not exist yet. An offseason addition, Nassib has played just more than a fourth of Las Vegas’ defensive snaps this season.
  • The Dolphins recently promoted running back Salvon Ahmed to their active roster. They did so after the Chargers expressed interest in poaching Ahmed off Miami’s practice squad, per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald. The Chargers are down Austin Ekeler presently and have just two backs — Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley — on their active roster. A rookie UDFA out of Washington, Ahmed has yet to dress for an NFL game.
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23 comments on “AFC West Notes: Bell, Broncos, Nassib, Bolts

  1. JJB0811

    If Cam Newton can be had for $1m w/o any off field issues; Bell’s value is vet minimum. However, some team will overpay.

    • phenomenalajs

      There really weren’t any significant off-the-field issues of Bell’s doing while he was a Jet. I’d point at the head coach.

      • JJB0811

        Bell has been a pain for a while. Got paid & ate his way out of the NYJ contract.

          • JJB0811

            I could be wrong, but his weight issues go back years. But he clearly was beat out by F Gore this season. Who is 12-15 years older.

            • Oooof

              He was beat in Adam Gase’s personal preference, which is very clearly not the same thing as objective merit.

              And Bell will only get the minimum regardless, and that minimum will be subtracted from what the Jets are still paying him.

          • JoeBrady

            What? He came into camp 20 pounds lighter this year.
            That might be one of the most backhanded compliments I have ever heard, assuming you weren’t trying to be sarcastic.

            What you’re saying is that your gazillion $ RB, isn’t nearly as fat as he use to be.

            It’s like showing up to a job interview and saying ‘Heck, I’m not nearly as drunk as I was in my last job interview’.

  2. forwhomjoshbelltolls

    What happens that even a comment section about Lev Bell getting released has to be closed?

    • arthur blank_for owner

      Huh it is?!..Yeah that’s dumb….they must’ve picked Lev Bell in fantasy and just can’t take it right now hahaha

    • forwhomjoshbelltolls

      Like, when it involves Covid or politics or race or whatever, I get it.

      But, how does a story on a (former) star player getting released from a high profile team go from A to B to Z and end up closed?

      • Technically correct

        It’s not about him. Everything about the Jets is profane.

        • xxtremecubsguy89

          It’s because they didn’t post it on here until 14 hours AFTER it was reported. They didn’t want to get bashed for it.

          • Technically correct

            Well that too. But technically it was just news then and no longer a rumor.

          • jb19

            They always say “well it’s a free site” and yea, it should be a free site with a news delay like that.

  3. arthur blank_for owner

    Gase’s ultimate goal before he got fired was to get rid of Lev Bell and he got his way
    ….Now he can be fired with peace of mind

  4. SJKinMD

    Maybe now that Bell is gone the Jets can fire Gase, since it won’t look like the player fired the coach. Firing Gase is long overdue.

  5. jb19

    I don’t see why the chiefs would want Bell… honestly, a return to Pittsburgh makes the most sense to me.

    • Kirk Nieuwenhuis For MVP

      Bell could definitely be helpful for the Steelers, but I suspect that he doesn’t want to come back to Pittsburgh and will find somewhere he’d rather play.

      Also, I think the Steelers are probably happy with the RB group they currently have. It’s not flashy, but it’s getting the job done, and they’re going to live or die with what Roethlisberger does against tougher competition

  6. nentwigs

    By calling in favors throughout the NFL I have been able to compile a list of team officials who have thus far expressed an interest in Le’Veon Bell’s services.
    To minimize space, I’ll just list the official’s names, but not the team affiliations. True fans will know the NFL Teams that employ these people.
    Joe King
    Ben Dover
    Eddie Ott
    Stu Pid
    Jim Locker
    Justin Case
    Noah Scape
    Joe Kerr

  7. crosseyedlemon

    Le’Veon Bell: “Hello, I’m calling to inquire if that job I had at your Dairy Queen store is still available”.

  8. JoeBrady

    IRT Nassib, it’s a reminder that we should’ve drafted Eliot in the 3rd round instead of Bowden. Not the same player, but depth is depth, and a lot cheaper.

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