The dual-threat running back is expected to have plenty of suitors when free agency opens on Wednesday, despite sitting out the entire 2018 campaign. The New York Jets have been rumored to be at the forefront on Bell discussions. One thing seems certain: The running back will play for the highest bidder.
Rapoport notes that the Raiders are ready and willing to spend on star power, even after acquiring and paying Brown.
Oakland landing Bell would be a massive boon for an offense that desperately needs playmakers all over the field. Reuniting Bell and Brown could completely morph a Raiders offense that owned one of the worst collections of skill-position talent at the end of last season. If Derek Carr remains the franchise quarterback, as the organization has publicly expressed, providing him with playmakers like Bell is a must next season.
The Raiders sit in the upper echelon in terms of available salary cap available, making them a good bet to be active early in free agency.
Even if Oakland misses out on Bell, it's clear that after shedding its top players last year, Gruden's team is in the mix on adding big-name players in 2019.