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Le'Veon Bell - A Career Timeline Video

Mar 22, 2019 9:54 AM

Le'Veon Bell has been wildly productive on the field and has been following his own lead off it in an era where the NFL has valued running backs less and less.

Here's a full retrospective on his career as he leaves the Steelers for the Jets.

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Le'Veon Bell: Steelers Don't Treat You Like You're Human

Mar 20, 2019 11:10 AM

Le'Veon Bell fought for his free agency from the Pittsburgh Steelers after he was not offered the type of contract he sought. Bell signed with the New York Jets on a four-year, $52.5 million deal.

“Pittsburgh is a great organization,” Bell told Jenny Vrentas of SI.com. “They’ve got a great owner, head coach. They kind of treat you like — they don’t treat you like you’re human. What I mean by that is like, yeah, I’m an NFL athlete, but still I’m a human being. You know what I’m saying? I still play video games, I still make music. They don’t want to allow you to be yourself. They want you to be, if you’re a Steelers, you’re literally playing football 24/7. You’re not supposed to be playing video games and like making music, playing basketball. You’re not supposed to be doing that. You’re supposed to be working out.”

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Tags: New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Le'Veon Bell Has No Regrets About Sitting Out

Mar 15, 2019 8:31 AM

Le'Veon Bell has no regrets about sitting out last season and perhaps overplaying his negotiating hand as he entered free agency.

Bell said he's very happy with the "beautiful deal" he got from the New York Jets.

The running back signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract, including $25 million guaranteed at signing.

"I don't regret anything that had happened," Bell said. "Everything's happened for a reason. Who can say that if I played last year, you know, if I do go out and play last year on a one-year franchise tag, if I do get hurt, do I end up sitting in this position today, being with the New York Jets on a beautiful deal?"

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Le'Veon Bell Agrees To Four-Year, $52.5M Deal With Jets

Mar 13, 2019 7:01 AM

Le'Veon Bell has agreed to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets.

The deal contains $35 million in guaranteed money for Bell. The maximum value could hit $61 million with incentives.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after he was unable to agree upon a long-term contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell became a free agent when the Steelers elected not to use a franchise or transition tag on him.

The San Francisco 49ers also made a strong offer for Bell. The Baltimore Ravens, meanwhile, never made an offer.

Bell's average salary per year with the Jets, $13.25 million, would rank him second among running backs in the NFL, behind Todd Gurley's $14.37 million average.

The Steelers offered Bell $70 million last offseason but contained only $17 million in guarantees. Todd Gurley and David Johnson received between $31 million and $45 million in guarantees. Bell called the Steelers' $70 million "Monopoly money." Bell's contract with the Jets doubles his guaranteed money even if it doesn't make up the $14.5 million in lost 2018 money.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Francisco 49ers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Le'Veon Bell Believed To Be Picking Between Jets, Ravens

Mar 12, 2019 2:12 PM

The New York Jets have made their best and final offer to Le'Veon Bell.

With Anthony Barr choosing to re-sign with the Vikings, the Jets had some additional cap space to offer Bell.

Bell is believed to be choosing between the Jets and the Baltimore Ravens. Bell has indicated to some friends how much he likes Baltimore. With the Ravens, Bell would play against the Pittsburgh Steelers twice per season.

According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, the Jets have given Bell a deadline to take their offer.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Vikings Agree To Re-Sign Anthony Barr On Five-Year, $67.5M Deal

Mar 12, 2019 2:08 PM

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to re-sign Anthony Barr to a five-year, $67.5 million deal. Barr will receive $33 million in guarantees.

With incentives, the deal could reach $77.5 million for Barr.

Pro Football Focus ranked Barr as their third highest rated free agent linebacker after Jordan Hicks and C.J. Mosley.

The New York Jets also had interest in signing Barr.

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Tags: Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Le'Veon Bell Expected To Make Free Agency Decision On Tuesday

Mar 12, 2019 10:37 AM

Le'Veon Bell is expected to make a decision on his free agency on Tuesday.

The New York Jets, Indianapolis Colts, Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans and Buffalo Bills are believed to be interested in Bell.

According to Pro Football Talk, however, the Colts are not pursuing Bell.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, New York Jets, Pittsburgh Steelers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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C.J. Mosley Agrees To Five-Year, $85M Deal With Jets

Mar 12, 2019 8:05 AM

C.J. Mosley has agreed to a five-year, $85 million contract with the New York Jets. The deal includes $51 million in guaranteed money.

Mosley was the leading tackler for the NFL's top-ranked defense and was the Baltimore Ravens' most high-profile free agent this offseason.

A first-round pick (17th overall) in 2014, Mosley has gone to the Pro Bowl in four of his five NFL seasons.

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Tags: Baltimore Ravens, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Jets Acquire Kelechi Osemele From Raiders

Mar 11, 2019 8:17 AM

The Oakland Raiders have agreed to trade left guard Kelechi Osemele to the New York Jets, according to sources.

Osemele made the Pro Bowl for the Raiders in 2016 and 2017. He'll replace James Carpenter, a four-year starter for the Jets and pending free agent.

By rule, trades aren't official until Wednesday.

The Jets traded a fifth-round pick for Osemele, receiving a sixth-round choice in return from the Raiders.

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Tags: New York Jets, Oakland Raiders, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Jets Confident Of Signing Either Le'Veon Bell Or Tevin Coleman

Mar 4, 2019 12:23 PM

The New York Jets are considered "undeniably the favorite" to sign Le'Veon Bell in free agency, according to one high profile agent with knowledge of the running back market.

The Philadelphia Eagles and Tampa Bay Buccaneers are also interested in Bell.

The Jets could also pursue Tevin Coleman. One source believes the Jets might prefer Coleman over Bell considering his price tag.

The Jets are confident they will sign either Bell or Coleman.

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Tags: Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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