Le'Veon Bell is the undisputed king of the 2019 free agent class. That move cost him $14.5 million in guaranteed salary, but saved some wear and tear on his body as he heads into free agency for the first time.
The NFL's legal tampering period officially kicked off Monday and several notable players have already agreed to contract terms with new teams, including LB Kwon Alexander (49ers) and OT Trent Brown (Raiders).
The New England Patriots have a big void to fill along their offensive line.
Brown, 25, has 47 game appearances and 44 starts through his four National Football League seasons.
By adding one of the top pass-blocking tackles and the game's most prolific receiver, the Raiders are giving quarterback Derek Carr the help he lacked last season when he struggled in his first year in Gruden's offense.
Bell, 27, has had three seasons with over 1,260 yards, including a 1,291-yard year in 2017. They sent left guard Kelechi Osemele to the Jets. His effort was questioned at times in San Francisco and that was one of the reasons why he was dealt to New England past year during the draft. Given that Bell undoubtedly is eyeing a lofty contract himself, one has to wonder just how much Oakland would be willing to spend.
But signing an elite running back like Bell would be a huge step in the right direction, and it would certainly give Washington a shot at getting back to the playoffs. The Patriots went on to win Super Bowl 53.