Report: Redskins a 'possible' landing spot for Le'Veon Bell

Josh Luckenbaugh
March 11, 2019 - 7:45 am
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The NFL's "legal tampering" period began on Monday, allowing teams to contact and negotiate with the agents of players will become unrestricted free agents when the new league year begins Wednesday afternoon.

That group includes one Le'Veon Bell, the three-time Pro Bowl running back who sat out the entire 2018 season after refusing to sign his franchise tender with the Steelers.

After missing out on another ex-Pittsburgh star, Antonio Brown, could the Redskins make a move for Bell in free agency? According to Peter King, Washington is in the mix, with the Jets as the favorites in the Bell sweepstakes. 

"New York, with $116 million in cap room and the motivation to spend with a GM who has to win this year, is the favorite to sign Bell," King wrote Monday. "I can’t see Bell to the Colts except at a discount, and Bell will be motivated to make up what he lost last year (which he’ll never do). Smart football people think the Jets are the leaders in the Bell derby, with Washington and Miami possible too."

Bell winding up with the Redskins seems like a long shot, at best. For starters, Washington has very limited cap space -- just under $13.4 million, according to OverTheCap.com -- to bring in a player of Bell's pedigree. 

In addition, the Redskins don't really have a need at running back. Derrius Guice is set to return from the torn ACL which forced him to miss his entire rookie season, Chris Thompson remains a productive, if injury-prone, third-down back and Adrian Peterson has expressed his interest in returning to Washington

However, the Redskins are desperate to generate some buzz after the disappointment and frustration of last season, and Bell would certainly do that. Will Washington defy the odds and make a major free agency splash?

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