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Rumor: Dolphins making a big play for Le’Veon Bell

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The Miami Dolphins are one of the three teams rumored to be finalists to sign Le’Veon Bell after the former All-Pro running back was released by the New York Jets on Tuesday.

Bell is expected to reach a decision by the end of the day, and Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports the Dolphins are making a big push to sign him:

There was a lot of rumbling about the Chiefs as a primary option for Bell on Wednesday, with the running back even adding fuel to the fire. It looks like Kansas City thought a deal was going to get done, but Miami is making a surge. The Buffalo Bills are also reportedly interested.

Bell was rumored to have interest in the Dolphins before he signed with the Jets, and it seems there is a real chance he could be headed to Miami.

The Dolphins’ interest in Bell should come as no surprise.

Miami has employed a carousel of running backs in recent years. The Dolphins signed Jordan Howard in the offseason and also traded for Matt Breida, giving them multiple options in the backfield.

But Howard’s lack of productivity has rendered him essentially useless, and Breida has not had much more success at just 3.7 yards per carry.

Second-year back Myles Gaskin has taken over as the featured back, and he has shown upside as a pass-catching option out of the backfield.

However, the Dolphins might feel Bell has more upside as a playmaker and just needs a new situation after a rocky Jets tenure.

That said, it will not matter how dynamic Bell looks if the Dolphins do not get better run-blocking from the offensive line. Miami ranks 28th in run-blocking, per Football Outsiders, an even worse mark than Bell’s previous employers.

Still, it appears the Dolphins are aggressively pursuing Bell as they look for more stability in the backfield.