Ex-Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell to attempt NFL comeback

League: NFL

Posted on: 05 Feb, 2024 at 05:10 PM

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Former Pittsburgh Steelers star running back Le'Veon Bell is eyeing an NFL comeback.

Bell, who turns 32 later this month, has not played in the league since 2021.

The two-time All-Pro expressed his desire to return in a series of Snapchat videos Friday night, according to ESPN.

Bell said he will start training next month and that he will only play for "one team," presumably Pittsburgh.

"And I'm gonna be honest with myself, I got to go out there and be like, I'm going to put my foot in the ground. Do I feel it? Am I hurting? Can I go out there and really play again?" he said. "And bro, I'm telling you all right now when I go out there and train in March and if I hit April and I make this decision to come back to play in the NFL again, mark my words down -- I will be better than I ever was.

"And I will only come back for that one team. You all know who it is. I don't have to say no team. You all know who it is."

A comeback in Pittsburgh seems like a long shot for multiple reasons. The Steelers appear to be set at the position with Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren, and Bell didn't exactly leave on good terms.

Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after refusing to sign his franchise tag. He returned to play for the New York Jets (2019-20), Kansas City Chiefs (2020), Baltimore Ravens (2021) and Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2021) but never achieved the level of success he enjoyed in Pittsburgh.

Bell earned three Pro Bowl selections in five seasons with the Steelers (2013-17), rushing for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns in 62 starts during that span. His career totals include 9,843 yards from scrimmage and 51 touchdowns in 96 games (81 starts).

--Field Level Media