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NFL free agency rumors: Le'Veon Bell plans to sign contract with Jets

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NFL free agency rumors: Le'Veon Bell plans to sign contract with Jets

The biggest name in NFL free agency reportedly is off the board, and he won't wear Silver and Black.

Running back Le'Veon Bell plans to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Tuesday night.

The maximum value and guaranteed money are pretty high, too.

NBC Sports California's Scott Bair reported earlier in the day that the Raiders were contenders for Bell, but they evidently weren't interested in a bidding war for him. They believed they were competitive and under consideration by the two-time All-Pro running back, who started following Derek Carr on Twitter, setting off some speculation about the running back's future. That, and former Steelers teammate Antonio Brown's trade to Oakland over the weekend, seemed to play in the Raiders' favor.

Bell did not play in 2018, sitting out the entire season after the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for the second consecutive season. The 27-year-old was concerned about his workload after accumulating 406 touches in 2017, knowing the Steelers would not retain him when he became a free agent.

[RELATED: Raiders' Las Vegas move a factor in free agents' decisions]

Bell was one of the NFL's most productive players when he did play. In each of his last two seasons, Bell ran for nearly 1,300 yards and had over 600 receiving yards, and would've been a significant upgrade over Marshawn Lynch (if he returns), Doug Martin, Jalen Richard and De'Andre Washington in Oakland's backfield. Alas, Bell is staying on the East Coast.

Raiders shut out of Pro Football Focus' top 50 NFL player rankings

Raiders shut out of Pro Football Focus' top 50 NFL player rankings

The Raiders challenged for the playoffs last season, but if the data-driven Pro Football Focus player rankings are to be believed, Las Vegas’ new NFL team may struggle to do that again.

No Raiders made PFF’s top 50, but nine players from their three AFC West rivals were ranked.

Five of those were from the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs — quarterback Patrick Mahomes at No. 2, defensive tackle Chris Jones at No. 16, tight end Travis Kelce at No. 19, wide receiver Tyreek Hill at No. 22 and offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz at No. 23.

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Raiders' iconic Al Davis Memorial Torch debuts at Allegiant Stadium

Raiders' iconic Al Davis Memorial Torch debuts at Allegiant Stadium

It’s an old tradition that will carry on in the Raiders’ new Las Vegas location.

The Al Davis Memorial Torch will continue to be lit in honor of the late long-time team owner. It was debuted on Wednesday through the massive retractable lanai doors in the backdrop at Allegiant Stadium:

It’s a more updated version of the original torch, but the message remains the same. According to Raiders.com, that vision is “the fire that burns brightest in the Raiders’ organization is the will to win.” That was a quote by the late Davis and before every home game, fans pay tribute to him with a flick of the flame.  

Former Raiders and celebrities have created the flame including Bay Area-native rapper MC Hammer, former Super Bowl-winning head coach John Madden, Marshawn Lynch and many, many more.

[RELATED: Raiders moving training facility from Napa to Nevada]

Current owner Mark Davis admitted he was sweating a little bit on the construction of the 65,000-foot, $2 billion stadium amid the July 31 deadline.

But for now, at least a part of Al Davis will be there. 

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