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Report: Le’Veon Bell Narrows Choice to 3 Teams, Steelers Reunion Unlikely

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Free agent running back Le’Veon Bell has reportedly narrowed his options to three teams, and the Pittsburgh Steelers are not one of them.

According to a report by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Bell is planning to decide between the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins as his next team, and he could make a decision as early as today. A reunion with the Steelers is considered unlikely at this stage.

The Chiefs and Bills are the most intriguing potential destinations with both teams sitting at 4-1 atop their respective divisions, providing Bell his best chances to win a championship. While the Dolphins are clearly at a different stage in their franchise, Miami can offer him the lifestyle and a clear starting role.

In addition, all three teams play the Jets at some point this season, providing Bell with an immediate opportunity to stick it to his former organization.

With his desire to remain a feature back and the messy end to his Steelers career, a reunion with Pittsburgh seemed unlikely from the start, as the team would have likely wanted him to share carries with starting running back James Conner. Still, the Steelers are 4-0 for the first time since 1979, so they should be just fine without adding Bell.

Bell was released by the Jets on Tuesday night after a disastrous year-and-a-half in New York. The former star rushed for just 863 yards and four touchdowns through 17 games. He had no rushes over 19 yards while playing under Jets head coach Adam Gase, and did not post a single 100-yard rushing performance.

Bell began his career in Pittsburgh before signing with the Jets as a free agent back in 2019. He is fourth in Steelers history with 5,335 rushing yards and 35 rushing touchdowns. He was just as impactful as a receiver, catching 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns as a Steeler, with receptions and yards the most by a running back in team history. Bell was selected to three Pro Bowls and was twice named First-Team All-Pro over his Pittsburgh tenure.

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Report: Ravens Planning to Sign Dez Bryant to Practice Squad

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The Baltimore Ravens are planning to sign veteran wide receiver Dez Bryant to their practice squad, according to a report by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

The 31-year-old had signed a one-year contract with the New Orleans Saints last season, but suffered a torn Achilles his first day on the practice field.

Baltimore explored adding Bryant back in August, but it never materialized, likely due to ongoing concerns regarding his health.

While he may not provide much of a boost to the Ravens passing game on the field, he could add some much needed experience and a veteran presence in a young receiver room.

Bryant spent the first eight years of his career with the Dallas Cowboys, catching 531 passes for 7,459 yards and 73 touchdowns. He has been selected to three Pro Bowls, and named First-Team All-Pro once.

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Report: Ravens Trade for Vikings DE Yannick Ngakgoue

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The Baltimore Ravens are reportedly trading for Minnesota Vikings defensive end Yannick Ngakoue, according the ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The Ravens will send a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to the Vikings in acquiring Ngakoue.

Minnesota had just sent a 2021 second-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in a trade for Ngakoue this offseason, but are clearly trying to recoup their losses and sell high after their 1-5 start.

The Ravens will now pair Ngakoue alongside his former Jaguars teammate in star defensive end Calais Campbell, who they also added in a trade this offseason.

Ngakoue arrives in Baltimore to even more firepower to a defense that is already one of the best in the league. The Ravens are second in the league in scoring defense (17.3 points per game), second in takeaways (11) and second in sacks (22), trailing only the Pittsburgh Steelers in all three categories.

Selected in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Maryland by the Jaguars, Ngakoue has become one of the league’s most fearsome pass rushers in a short amount of time. The one-time Pro Bowler has 42.5 career sacks, 16 forced fumbles and 47 tackles-for-loss. He also has two career interceptions.

According to Schefter, the Ravens have attempted to trade for Ngakoue multiple times and he had been positioning himself to land in Baltimore ever since thing went sour in Jacksonville. Having grown up in Bowie, Maryland, he is finally home at his desired destination after a short layover in Minneapolis.

Schefter also reports that Ngokoue will arrive in Baltimore sometime over the next 24 hours to undergo COVID-19 testing with the Ravens on their bye. If all is well on the virus front, Ngakoue will be in line to make his Ravens debut in a massive Week 8 matchup against Pittsburgh.

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Report: Seahawks Positioning to Sign Antonio Brown

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The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly positioning themselves to make a run at free agent wide receiver Antonio Brown, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Brown is currently serving a suspension for multiple violations of the league’s personal conduct policy, but will be eligible to return after Week 8.

Adding the four-time All-Pro would give Seattle an embarrassment of riches, considering they already boast the MVP frontrunner in quarterback Russell Wilson and a tandem of dynamic wide receivers in Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf.

Wilson leads the league with 19 passing touchdowns and 129.8 passer rating. He is also completing an absurd 72.8% of his passes. Metcalf and Lockett have five and four touchdowns thus far, respectively.

The Brown-to-Seattle rumors are nothing new, as the star wideout generated buzz when he was seen working out with Wilson in California this summer.

Selected by the Steelers in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft, Brown spent the first nine years of his career in Pittsburg before playing a single game with the New England Patriots last season. He is second in franchise history in receptions (837), yards (11,207) and receiving touchdowns (74), trailing only Steeler legend Hines Ward, although Brown played 87-fewer games.

If Seattle is in fact pursuing the troubled wide receiver, it would appear the unbeaten Seahawks are thinking Super Bowl or bust in 2020.

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