Raiders "Ready And Willing" To Spend On Le'Veon Bell

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According to reports, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is headed to the New York Jets.

Former New England Patriots left tackle Trent Brown intends to sign a four-year, $66 million contract that includes $36.75 million guaranteed with the Oakland Raiders, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter. NY was 4-12 past year.

Bell tweeted, "I'm sooooo torn right now", likely in regards to which team he wants to join.

The news hit about 10 minutes into the "legal tampering" free agency period that allows teams to officially negotiate with unrestricted free agents. The South Florida product had a nice rookie season in 2018, accruing more than 900 rushing yards and nine touchdowns for a team that otherwise finished below the league average in rushing yards per game. A three times Pro Bowl selection since joining the league in 2013 and has been an All-Pro twice.

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Bell's career reached a crossroads, however, last year when he declined to sign his one-year, $14.4 million franchise tender with the Steelers and made himself ineligible to play.

Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns, and has 312 catches for 2,660 yards and seven scores as one of the most versatile and risky offensive players in the NFL.

While there's no real telling how Bell will fare in 2019 and beyond, he already has quite a lot of miles on him. Guard Ramon Foster and center Maurkice Pouncey both labeled the move selfish. Oakland previously agreed to send third- and fifth-round draft picks to Pittsburgh for star receiver Antonio Brown and to give him a three-year, $50.125 million deal, a person familiar with the deal said on condition of anonymity because the trade can't be finalized until Wednesday. He told ESPN on October 1, "I'll be fully committed and give you everything I have" upon returning, to "go out there and win a Super Bowl with the Steelers".

Look, here's to hoping Bell gets paid.

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