The idea of Bell to the Bills seems a bit far-fetched, even if the team didn't sign the 35-year-old Gore on Monday.
The news hit about 10 minutes into the "legal tampering" free agency period that allows teams to officially negotiate with unrestricted free agents.
Last season, quarterback Derek Carr failed to send the Raiders back into the playoffs.
Bell, 27, has averaged 86.1 yards per game in the 62 total games he's played in his career.More news: JCS: S. Korea Closely Monitoring N. Korea's Missile-Related Moves
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By sitting out the 2018 season, Bell, a three-time Pro Bowl selection, correctly bet the Steelers wouldn't place a third consecutive franchise tag on him. Big Chest (I prefer to call him Mr. Milk Mustache), he got to have his cake and eat it too, while the Steelers are left with $20 million in dead cap space and a glaring hole at WR. He and Bell share an agent, so he's seen what the market is going to bear and now he can go out and try to land a deal. Guard Ramon Foster and center Maurkice Pouncey both labeled the move selfish. After tensions cooled, many players said they would welcome Bell back.
One thing that's worth noting here with Bell: he never negotiated a contract with the Steelers and walked away from it or refused to play.
But the Steelers explored dealing Bell before the October 30 trade deadline, which might have affected his plans.
Look, here's to hoping Bell gets paid.
This time, though, he never returned to the team.