The star rusher is now officially a free agent. Where might he end up?
As you may already know, Le’Veon Bell essentially forced his way out of Pittsburgh after rejecting the franchise tag last offseason. Bell refused to show up before the deadline to sign his franchise tender, and as a result he sat out the entire 2018-2019 NFL season. More recently, the Steelers announced that they would not tag Bell again this offseason, and he officially became a free agent. In this article, we will go over 5 potential suitors for the talented rusher including a team that I believe is a dark horse to sign Le’Veon Bell.
1. New York Jets
The stars couldn’t align better for this potential suitor. The Jets need a running back, the Jets have money, and Le’Veon Bell wants money. Pairing a superstar rusher like Bell with Sam Darnold may be exactly what the Jets need to do. Darnold got off to a bit of a shaky start last season, but we must not hold this against him because he was only a rookie. As the season progressed, Darnold appeared more and more comfortable and as a result he started to look much better. Now, if the Jets were to pick up Bell in free agency, Darnold would immediately have a nice safety valve next to him in the backfield, and the improved rushing attack would only take pressure off of Darnold. In my opinion, this is a match made in heaven.
2. Houston Texans
This is an interesting one. We all know the Texans have a good defense. We’ve all heard of DeAndre Hopkins and Deshaun Watson, but the one thing this team lacks is a true star at the halfback position. Now, I personally think Lamar Miller is a perfectly capable rusher, perhaps even beyond capable of being a lead back, but its very obvious what a guy like Le’Veon would do to this offense. He would simply bolster the offense, and the team in general. If the Texans were to sign Le’Veon Bell, there would be a new sheriff in town inside the AFC.
3. Indianapolis Colts
The Indianapolis Colts are also going to have a ton of cap space when free agency officially opens up, so it was only appropriate for me to put them on this list. However, I am a little wary of the Colts interest in Bell due to the breakout season of Marlon Mack, but it is worth noting nonetheless. I wouldn’t expect the Colts to break the bank on a running back, but you never know anymore in today’s NFL.
4. Philadelphia Eagles
Oh if it isn’t the city of brotherly love. After stumbling early in the season, the Eagles fought their way back to the postseason and even a road playoff victory. The one thing they lacked throughout the season however was a lead back. A guy who could become a workhorse. The Eagles interest in Bell is undeniable, however cap restrictions may stop them from signing the superstar. But we all know how easy it is for teams to clear cap space. Only time will tell if Philly is willing to create space for Bell, or if they will address the need at halfback via the draft.
5. Dark horse suitor: Kansas City Chiefs
This would be absolutely insane. Is this something that will happen? Probably not. Is this something that I could see happening absolutely. I’ll leave you with that.