Matt Nagy mum on Bears' potential interest in signing Le'Veon Bell

Nagy expressed confidence in the Bears' current running backs.
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(670 The Score) Bears coach Matt Nagy on Wednesday declined to discuss whether the team is interested in signing free-agent running back Le'Veon Bell, who was released by the Jets.

While the Bears could be a potential suitor for the 28-year-old Bell, Nagy deferred the topic to general manager Ryan Pace while expressing confidence in the team's running backs.

"He's a good running back," Nagy said Wednesday afternoon. "But I know that there's obviously, when somebody like that gets released, there's always people that ask questions to every team across the league. That's stuff I leave up to Ryan. I just know this, that we absolutely love our running backs here, our situation. And I leave that stuff up to Ryan."

A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Bell was released by the Jets after continued frustration between him and the organization. Bell rushed 19 times for 74 yards in two games with the Jets this season. He also averaged a career-worst 3.2 yards per carry in 2019 and matched a career-low with just three rushing touchdowns.

Bell was at his best in 2017, when he rushed 321 times for 1,291 yards and a career-high nine touchdowns while adding 85 receptions for 655 yards. He had a contract dispute with the Steelers in 2018 and sat out that entire season.

The Bears seem unlikely to target Bell after signing 29-year-old running back Lamar Miller to the practice squad in early October. A Pro Bowl selection in 2018, Miller has recovered from a torn ACL in his right knee that he suffered in 2019. The Bears could soon activate Miller from their practice squad and implement him within their offense.

"If Lamar's healthy, he's an explosive player," said Bears running backs coach Charles London, who worked with Miller in Houston for two seasons. "The last true season he played, he was a Pro Bowl player. He's got a really diverse skill set -- in the run game, protection, pass. I'm looking forward to seeing him go out there and compete."

The Bears have struggled to establish a running game this season, with their 95.4 rushing yards per game ranking 27th in the NFL. Lead running back David Montgomery has 63 carries for 247 yards and one touchdown. Montgomery has rushed 20 times for just 56 yards over the Bears' last two games.

"We're not going to abandon the run by any means," Nagy said. "We got to stay balanced."

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