NFL free agency rumors: Ravens never made Le’Veon Bell an offer

Le'Veon Bell still hasn't reported to Steelers, report says

While there was some speculation the Ravens were targeting Le’Veon Bell, it appears Baltimore was never in the mix for the star running back.

According to ESPN, which cited unidentified sources, the Ravens never made an offer for Bell even though many believed Baltimore was involved in negotiations and bidding for the free agent.

Bell ended up reportedly agreeing to terms Wednesday with the Jets on a four-year, $52.5 million deal, which ended months of speculation as to where the 27-year-old would end up next following his departure from the Steelers. Bell had been connected to the Colts, Packers, Texans and Bills in addition to the Jets and Ravens. 

Bell previously spent his entire career in Pittsburgh after he was selected by the Steelers in the second round of the 2013 draft. But he had been vocal about his desire to reach a long-term deal and sat out all last season amid a contract dispute. He also expressed dissatisfaction with being franchise tagged for the second straight year last offseason.

He last played 15 regular-season games in 2017 and made an appearance in the team’s lone playoff game that season.