The New England Patriots might not be out of the Le’Veon Bell chase after all, even as rumors mounted he’d be joining the Miami Dolphins.
Do we have a bit of AFC East intrigue on Thursday morning?! Somehow, even after a list of supposed Le’Veon Bell destinations narrowed things down to the Bills, Dolphins, and Chiefs, it seems that the New England Patriots are trying to strong-arm their rivals yet again.
According to Miami insider Craig Mish, the ‘Phins believe they’re quite close to locking down Bell’s services (after being a likely leader in the clubhouse during his free agency cycle), but the Patriots are not giving up hope.
If you can believe it, despite their stable of running backs, the Pats might be trying to sway Bell away from sunny Miami at the last moment.
Of course, as confusing as a Bell-Patriots fit was on the surface (hello, Damien Harris, JJ Taylor, Rex Burkhead, James White and Sony Michel?!), you knew the Pats would find a way into this conversation.
Dirt cheap star power, with his salary being paid by his previous employer, who just happened to be the New York Jets? Add in two other AFC East teams in the bidding, plus the most recent Super Bowl champion and the measuring stick the Pats will be battling for the next decade, and you have yourself a prime opportunity for them to attempt to create a circus.
There is also the distinct possibility that Bell is motivated mainly be vengeance against Adam Gase, which is why his list of rumored landing spots is basically just … the Jets’ schedule.
We’re not sure why Bell was forced into the Jets’ current regime like a round peg in a square hole in the first place, and he’ll never look worse than he did when Gase and Co. actively tried to sabotage his tenure.
The Patriots fit never made all that much sense, but then again, who can argue with All-Pro playmakers for free, especially if your rivals are wading in the pool?