After sitting out a season, former Michigan State RB Le’Veon Bell is expected to be in high demand. In fact, Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesselling of NFL.com have named him the top the free agent of 2019.
Free agency will officially kick off next week when the NFL begins its operational year. Throughout last year’s offseason, Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to agree to terms on a contract extension. Bell opted to ultimately sit out the season.
In five NFL seasons, Bell has recorded 1,229 carries for 5,336 rushing yards and 35 touchdowns.
“This ranking isn’t a prediction of how much guaranteed money Bell will earn,” the article states. “It’s a reflection of his status as one of the transcendent players of this century at his position — and the fact that he just turned 27 years old.”
Bell may not sign the biggest contract of the offseason, but he’ll likely secure a big payday considering he’s a two-time first-team All-Pro with three seasons shy of his 30th birthday. Only time will tell, however, if Bell made the right decision sitting out in 2018.