It’s not a secret anymore that Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell isn’t happy with Pittsburgh’s front office. Since they refuse to give him a long-term contract he sees as suitable, he is mostly likely going to be a free agent this offseason. Last week, a report came out saying the Eagles are interested in trading for Le’Veon Bell. That was the first time Bell and the Eagles were connected with each other, but now Bell has mentioned that he sees a fit with the Eagles in the future.
I just spoke to Le'Veon Bell, who got into everything — the decision, how Earl Thomas injury confirmed he made the right one, why he doesn't expect to be traded and why he's holding out hope he'll be a Steeler long-term. https://t.co/6xT995Eafi
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) October 1, 2018
In an interview with ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell has reportedly mentioned five teams he can see himself playing for next season.
“Bell believes the Jets, 49ers, Colts, Browns and Eagles would be among teams interested in his services on the free agent market. He’d want to go to a team that values his skill set and winning.”
It sounds like the two biggest factors for deciding his new team next season are guaranteed money and a winning environment. Out of the five teams Bell mentioned, the Eagles are the only team with recent success – so that covers the winning aspect. However, with the Eagles already pressed for cap space, Howie Roseman would likely have to do a lot of maneuvering to even be able to fit Bell’s inevitable high cap hit.
It doesn’t seem likely that the Eagles would shell out a lot of money at the running back position (the team hasn’t even talked to Jay Ajayi yet about a possible contract extension), but it definitely is not impossible for Bell to be in midnight green next season. The Eagles are in a “win now” setting, and Bell is certainly a player capable of helping the team make deep playoff runs for the foreseeable future.