The Buffalo Bills have looked into the possibility of signing Le’Veon Bell, head coach Sean McDermott has confirmed.
Bell was on Tuesday cut by the New York Jets less than halfway through the four-year, $52.5million contract he signed as a marquee free agent arrival in 2019.
According to reports, the All-Pro running back is expected to land with either the Bills, Miami Dolphins or Kansas City Chiefs.
McDermott confirmed he had discussed Bell’s situation with general manager Brandon Beane but would not disclose anything more.
“You know Brandon and I, we always look into every situation, this being one of them,” said McDermott.
“We’re trying to improve our football team. That’s as much as I can tell you now.”
Asked for his general thoughts on the 4-1 Bills’ running game this season, he added: “I think we can be better in a lot of areas – that being one of them, our ability to run the football. We’ve got to be able to be balanced as much as we can in games.”
After sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell joined the Jets and averaged 3.3 yards per carry and four total touchdowns in 17 games.
The three-time Pro Bowler was reportedly unhappy about his usage in the Jets’ offense and, following the 30-10 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in Week 5, liked tweets suggesting he be traded.
Bell spent three weeks on injured reserve after suffering a hamstring injury in the Jets’ opening loss at Buffalo.
The 28-year-old has had over 1,200 rushing yards in three separate seasons, but the last of those was in 2017.
The Bills play the Jets again at MetLife Stadium on October 25.