Le'Veon Bell expects 49ers to be interested in him in free agency


Le'Veon Bell expects 49ers to be interested in him in free agency

The 49ers reportedly called the Steelers about possibly trading for star running back Le'Veon Bell, and he doesn't believe their interest will stop there.

Bell told ESPN on Monday he thinks the 49ers -- as well as the Jets, Colts, Browns and Eagles -- would be interested in signing him as a free agent this offseason. 

"I know the guaranteed money will be there [in March]," Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "If a team wanted to, they could definitely do what they needed to do to make me happy and satisfied."

Citing a source, Fowler reported Monday that Bell is set to return to Pittsburgh during the team's bye in Week 7. Bell refused to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag with the Steelers, wanting to preserve his body when he ultimately reaches free agency. 

But, Bell said, he never considered missing the whole season.

"It sucks having to sit out football," Bell told ESPN. "I want to win games and the playoffs. But I've gotta take this stand. Knowing my worth and knowing I can tear a ligament or get surgery at any time, I knew I couldn't play 16 games with 400 or more touches."

During franchise tag negotiations, the Steelers told Bell they would transition tag him this spring, according to Fowler. That would give the Steelers the right of first refusal while the 26-year-old negotiated with other teams. 

If Bell had his way, though, he'd return to Pittsburgh on a long-term contract.

"I could be naïve or hopeful, but at the end of the day, I feel like that's what's going to happen," Bell said. "I don't think they really want me gone. That could be me being prideful. But I'm still holding out hope."

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

Russell Wilson's trolling of Tom Brady's 'The Match' outing backfires

49ers fans love to hate Russell Wilson, and he gave them another reason to give him grief Sunday.

A few hours before Tiger Woods teamed up with Peyton Manning to take on Phil Mickelson and Bay Area native Tom Brady in "The Match: Champions for Charity," Wilson took a Twitter shot at Brady.

When Brady got off to an awful start to "The Match," Wilson went at Brady again.

There are a few problems with Wilson's jabs at Brady.

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First, Wilson lost to Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. Instead, Seattle's quarterback should have been trolling Manning, whom the Seahawks beat in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Second, Brady redeemed himself and made Wilson look silly when he sank an incredible birdie on hole No. 7.

Yes, Brady is out of his element on the golf course, but Wilson should have known who he was messing with.

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49ers fans certainly won't miss the chance to let Wilson hear about this.

Watch Tom Brady get trolled by Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Match' intros


Watch Tom Brady get trolled by Samuel L. Jackson in 'The Match' intros

Who would you want to narrate any portion of your life? Samuel L. Jackson could be a top pick for any occasion, especially when some of the greatest athletes of our generation hit the greens.

But he’s not holding back -- not even for charity.

The Match: Champions for Charity debuted on Sunday with golf pros Tiger Woods facing Phil Mickelson in a highly-anticipated event. Woods teamed up with NFL legend Peyton Manning with another NFL superstar, Tom Brady, paired with Mickelson.

During the introductions, being narrated by Jackson, the Bay Area native received a funny quip from Jackson:

“Why do old people always move to Florida?” Jackson said.

We knew the trash talk would happen, but wow. 

Brady, of course, just signed a two-year, $60 million contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in March after spending the entirety of his 20-year career with the New England Patriots. And at 42-years-old, Jackson took quite the dig at the three-time MVP quarterback.

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But if you’re going to get trolled by anyone, it might as well be done by someone with as epic of a voice as Jackson.

The entertainment was worth the burn.