On Wednesday afternoon, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert revealed the team does not intend to use the transition tag on running back Le'Veon Bell. While the news isn't shocking, it does set the stage for a significant free agency market that will form in the wake of the team's decision.
Bell reportedly wants to be paid somewhere in the neighborhood of Todd Gurley's deal with the Los Angeles Rams. L.A. gave Gurley a four-year, $60 million deal with $45 million in guaranteed money.
Several NFL teams are in the market for a star running back - but even fewer have the requisite cap space to pull off a deal. The New York Jets were mentioned as a possible destination for much of the 2018 NFL season and are now back in the hunt.
But one NFL analyst suggests a different team is the "team to watch."
Bleacher Report's Matt Miller thinks the Oakland Raiders will make a compelling offer to the star running back.
Marshawn Lynch started the 2018 season as the team's running back, but finished the season on Injured Reserve. The Raiders signed Doug Martin, who entered into a timeshare with Jalen Richard for the rest of the season.
With plenty of cap space, Jon Gruden and company could look to solve their running back woes with a significant offer for the former Steelers star.
Bell is the most-productive back in the history of the NFL on a yards per game basis and would take pressure off quarterback Derek Carr.