While most of the marque free agents are reaching verbal agreements, Le’Veon Bell patiently waits to find his next home. Despite sitting out the past season in search of a lucrative deal, his current offers might not match his expectations.
There is no denying that Bell is an elite talent at the running back position, especially given his years of production. However, other options are available on the market, such as Mark Ingram and Tevin Coleman.
At this moment, the New York Jets and the Baltimore Ravens are reportedly in the running for Bell. Both teams have need at tailback, and adding the All-Pro would help their backfield.
Regardless of the skill that Bell possesses it appears teams aren’t willing to meet his asking price.
According to ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, most general managers believe offers are anywhere around $12 million per season.
Considering that Bell took the entire season off to earn an expensive contract, he’ll most likely target at least $15 million as the average salary. After all, it would tie Todd Gurley for the best deal at the position.
ESPN's Dianna Russini said on NFL Live that "most GMs" around NFL believe offers to free agent Le'Veon Bell are "coming in around $11-12 million" per year, and that's obviously well short of what Bell wants.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 12, 2019
New York has given Bell a deadline to accept its offer, which could set things into motion. On the other hand, Baltimore is also being linked to Ingram, who will leave the New Orleans Saints.