New Buccaneers running back Le’Veon Bell paused for several seconds when asked if he had recently considered retirement. Bell, who was signed by the Buccaneers on Tuesday after news broke that running back Leonard Fournette is expected to miss the rest of the regular season with an injury, had remained unsigned after the Ravens released him on November 16. 

It’s been a tumultuous three-plus seasons for Bell, a two-time All-Pro during his five active seasons with the Steelers. The Buccaneers will be Bell’s fourth team since the start of the 2019 season. Bell (who sat out the entire 2018 season over a contract dispute with the Steelers) admitted on Wednesday that his recent stint in Baltimore very well could have been his last stop. He said that his unsuccessful stints in New York, Kansas City and Baltimore could have led to his retirement. 

“I’m not going to lie, I got to the point where I had thought about kind of calling it quits,” Bell told the media on Wednesday, via ESPN’s Jenna Laine. “Just because of the fact that it wasn’t working out for me. … This was literally the only spot that I felt like made me want to play football and go out there and be excited to play. 

“I think this is a great opportunity. It’s something you can’t really turn down playing for Coach Arians, Tom Brady, and obviously AB. They’ve got a good thing over here. I’ll come over here and try to help and do my thing.” 

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