By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com
Le'Veon Bell is starting to narrow down his options in free agency, and it looks like the Patriots may be on the outside looking in.
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Bell is expected to sign with either the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins, or Kansas City Chiefs, who are viewed as the frontrunner. The 28-year-old former All-Pro is expected to decide "as soon as Thursday."
The Patriots had been named as one of Bell's final five teams Wednesday night. It was also reported that the Patriots and Jets spoke about a trade before Bell was released on Tuesday.
Oddly enough, the three teams Bell is expected to chose between are the next three opponents of his former team, the Jets. The Jets next game after that stretch? A Monday night matchup with the Patriots. Did New England lose out on Bell because of something as simple as the schedule?
Even without the Patriots in the picture, there's a real chance Bell stays in the AFC East. The Patriots still have two matchups left with the Bills, in weeks 8 and 16. If he signs with Miami, the Patriots will face him Week 15.
If Bell picks the Chiefs, the Patriots dodge a bullet - at least for the regular season - since they played last week. Of course, they could always meet in the playoffs.
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