Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Report: 49ers made a strong push for RB Le’Veon Bell before he agreed to join Jets

Mar 12, 2019 at 9:36 PM--


Note: Story updated with news of the 49ers' push for Bell.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is headed to the New York Jets as many have speculated over the last couple of days. He is getting a four-year deal worth up to $52.5 million.


There was a rumor on Monday from Chris Mortensen of ESPN that the 49ers might be among the teams interested in Bell. Nothing seemingly came of that rumor and no one really believed San Francisco was a potential destination for the running back.

Apparently, the 49ers made a serious push for Bell with a strong offer before the Jets came out on top, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.


Tom Pelissero of NFL Network also reported on-air that the 49ers were interested in Bell.

That news brings about some questions regarding the 49ers faith in running back Jerick McKinnon, who the team acquired via free agency last year. If true, is San Francisco worried about McKinnon's return from a torn ACL suffered in September or did they just view Bell as an upgrade that was too hard to pass up?

Bell, who played college football at Michigan State, was a second-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2013. During his five NFL seasons (2013-17), he has been selected to the Pro Bowl three times (2014, 2016, 2017) and named first-team All-Pro twice (2014, 2017).

Bell did not play in 2018. He held out for a new contract after the Steelers used the franchise tag placed on him in March of 2018. It was the second-straight year Pittsburgh hit Bell with the franchise tag.

The 49ers reportedly made an exploratory call to the Steelers regarding Bell in September after losing both McKinnon and quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending ACL injuries.

Bell has posted 1,200-or-more yards in three of his last four seasons played. His last full season came in 2017 when he rushed for 1,291 yards on 321 carries with nine rushing touchdowns while adding 85 receptions for 655 receiving yards with two more touchdowns. Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards with 35 rushing touchdowns and 2,660 receiving yards with seven receiving touchdowns through his five NFL seasons.

Related News







More San Francisco 49ers News



Other 49ers will join Arik Armstead on the reserve/COVID-19 list, says Kyle Shanahan

By David Bonilla
Nov 17, 2020

San Francisco 49ers defensive tackle Arik Armstead landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday, and he won't be the last player to do so. Head coach Kyle Shanahan spoke with reporters via Zoom from his home today and confirmed that some close-contacts are at risk and will join Armstead on the list. "He did have some close contacts," Shanahan said. "When we get them all, they'll be on the list, so you'll see that. I think with this being out bye week, we weren't in there anyways. So, really, all is changed was today." Many of his teammates came into close contact with Armstead during Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints and on the plane ride back to the Bay

Read the Full Article


49ers' Hroniss Grasu and Joe Walker join Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw on the reserve/COVID-19 list

By David Bonilla
Nov 19, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers announced today that two more players — center Hroniss Grasu and linebacker Joe Walker — have joined defensive linemen Arik Armstead and Javon Kinlaw on the reserve/COVID-19 list. That adds up to 11 49ers players who have landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list this year, and the fourth this week. Armstead landed on the reserve/COVID-19 list on Monday. Contact tracing resulted in Kinlaw landing on the list on Wednesday. The 49ers have been working remotely this week but plan to hold a practice on Friday. Beginning Saturday, every NFL team will be required to operate under the league's intensive protocol

Read the Full Article


49ers among teams that have inquired about ex-Giants corner DeAndre Baker, per report

By David Bonilla
Nov 16, 2020

The San Francisco 49ers are reportedly among several teams that have inquired about free-agent cornerback DeAndre Baker, according to Paul Schwartz of the New York Post (h/t to Patrick Tulini for the find). The Kansas City Chiefs, Cincinnati Bengals, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Dallas Cowboys are the other teams that have been identified by The Post. Baker was facing four counts of robbery with a firearm, which cost the cornerback his job with the New York Giants and could have led to a minimum of 10 years in prison if convicted. In Florida, the State Attorney's Office

Read the Full Article

Featured

More Featured Stories

Trending News

More News
Share 49erswebzone