Le'Veon Bell Released by Ravens: A Look at his Potential Landing Spots

On Tuesday, Le'Veon Bell was released by the Ravens. Where will Bell play next? We take a look at five potential landing spots for the running back
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Tue, November 16, 4:28 PM EST | 4 min read
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Le'Veon Bell Released by Ravens: A Look at his Potential Landing Spots

In a not-so-distant past, there would be teams lining up around the block to sign Le'Veon Bell. But, on Tuesday the veteran running back was released by the Baltimore Ravens, his third team in the past two years.

Now, the question is: Where will Le’Veon Bell sign next? Unlike earlier in his career, the list of teams looking for his services is probably short. At 29 years old, Bell is approaching the dreaded 30-year-old mark where running backs see a sharp decline in productivity.

After forcing his way out of Pittsburgh, Bell signed with the New York Jets in 2019 for four years and $52.5 million. But, in October of 2020, Bell was released after he voiced his displeasure with the team.

In 2020, Bell signed with the Kansas City Chiefs to a one-year deal. He finished his contract with the Chiefs but was not re-signed. Then when the Ravens suffered injuries at RB, Bell was signed to their practice squad before eventually being released this Tuesday.

Where will Bell land next? Let’s take a look at some potential suitors following his release.

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Le’Veon Bell’s Potential Landing Spots

Tennessee Titans

Sure, why not? Let’s just run all the over-the-hill running backs down to Tennessee and see if they can make up a fraction of the production they lost when Derrick Henry got injured. Adrian Peterson was signed to the Titans earlier this year following Henry’s injury. But, with Peterson at 36 years old, they can never have enough backs. Not to mention that he’s been less than stellar in his two games with the Titans.

Miami Dolphins

Miami’s current rushing attack is the worst in the world. That’s not hyperbole, either. Miami’s rushing attack averages 73.6 yards per game on the ground, good for 32nd, or dead last, in the NFL. Sure, Miami may be out of the playoff race, but with the Eagles owning their 2022 first-round pick, they sure don’t want to keep losing games. Myles Gaskin is a decent NFL running back, but adding Bell gives them the potential of taking some pressure off their shaky QB situation.

Atlanta Falcons

Atlanta’s Mike Davis has been bad this season. It’s really that simple. Cordarrelle Patterson has picked up a lot of the slack and has been great, but he’s still a WR at heart. Adding Bell would give them a back to share the load with Patterson and allow them to not rely on someone like Mike Davis to get important touches. Does Bell want to spend his time in Atlanta? That remains to be seen. But, the fit makes sense.

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New York Jets

Let’s get really crazy. Do I think this is the most likely spot for Le’Veon Bell? No. But, it makes sense for a bunch of reasons. Right now, Mike White is the starting QB for the Jets and, despite what some Jets fans will tell you, he’s bad at football. They need a running game for when White is under center AND when Zach Wilson returns. The problem is their running game is the third worst in the entire NFL, averaging 76.3 yards per game. Why not? The Jets’ season is over. The least they can do is entertain us for the rest of the season.

Cleveland Browns

This is the one that I think would see Bell have the most success. He could go to a good team where he wouldn’t have to shoulder the load and he could be the change-of-pace guy to Nick Chubb. But, it really depends on the extent of their RB needs. Chubb won’t be out forever, but we’re still waiting to see just how long Kareem Hunt will be nursing his injury. If the Browns think he’ll be back on the later end of his 4-6 week diagnosis, it makes sense for them to bring Bell in. At the very least he’s an insurance policy for an offense that needs two backs to make it click.

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