Le’Veon Bell is already close to signing with a new NFL team, less than 48 hours after being released by the New York Jets.

New York attempted to trade Bell following their Week 5 loss, but the former All-Pro running back’s massive contract made it impossible. Now, with Bell free to sign with any team, he seems ready to find a new home and is eyeing revenge against his former team.

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Bell officially became a free agent on Wednesday night, allowing him the freedom to sign with any NFL team. While he drew significant interest, the 28-year-old is reportedly choosing between three teams.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell plans to sign with either the Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs or Buffalo Bills. They are among numerous clubs that reached out with interest, but the two-time Pro Bowl selection is expected to make a decision soon.

After being released by the winless Jets, Bell wanted to find a team where he would be utilized correctly and be in a competitive atmosphere. The Bills and Chiefs would both offer those opportunities, while his local ties to Miami are keeping the Dolphins in consideration.

Signed to a four-year, $52.5 million contract before the 2019 season, Bell never lived up to the deal in New York. Across 17 games, he compiled 264 carries for 863 rushing yards and three scores. Not only was his 3.3 yards per carry a steep drop from his average with the Pittsburgh Steelers (4.3), but he also didn’t see the same opportunities to catch passes.

Bell’s relationship with the Jets quickly soured and he didn’t impress anyone in training camp. After spending three weeks on injured reserve with a hamstring injury, he returned in Week 5. He received 14 total touches on Sunday, finishing with 67 scrimmage yards.

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While fit and comfort might be Bell’s priority, he also seems to be prioritizing revenge. A look at New York’s upcoming schedule shows Bell might have vengeance on his mind against Adam Gase.

  • Week 6: New York Jets @ Miami Dolphins
  • Week 7: Buffalo Bills @ New York Jets
  • Week 8: New York Jets @ Kansas City Chiefs

It would be difficult for Bell to see the field immediately with the Dolphins if he signed on Thursday, given the teams are scheduled to play on Sunday afternoon. However, it is certainly possible Miami would clear him to play in time for Week 6.

Ultimately, the Bills or Chiefs are far more likely. There’s also a chance that the Jets could be winless heading into both games, giving Bell the opportunity to be on the team that leads to Gase being fired.

Matt Johnson
Writer at Sportsnaut. Journalism student at San Diego State University. Seen on MSN. Previously: eDraft, The Connection