7 potential landing spots for Le'Veon Bell
It only took two seasons for the New York Jets to say goodbye to Le'Veon Bell. In 17 games with the Jets, he did not complete a 20 yard rush on a single carry. Regardless Bell still will see himself with a new team quite quickly at a much smaller price. He is due $6 million this season as well as a roster bonus each game. Here are the top landing spots where I think Le'Veon Bell could land.
1.) Chicago Bears - The Bears make a lot of sense because this team could be a playoff team. Bell has made his money so now he is going to want to be on a team that wins. They are currently 4-1 just behind the Packers in the NFC North. They’re also ranked 25th in rushing. The Bears running back Tarik Cohen suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 and they need help with the running back position badly. The Bears have a decent offensive line. This is something he did not have with the Jets. If he lands in Chicago he could help the Bears battle the Packers for the NFC North Title.
2.) New England Patriots - This is a Bill Belichick move every single day of the week to swoop in and sign Le'Veon Bell. Although the Patriots typically just slide in any running back they want they tend to still like versatility. The Patriots are a very run-heavy team right now with the addition of Cam Newton. Plus with the added edition of Le'Veon Bell, this would be a move to take a shot at the Patriots rival Adam Gase and the New York Jets.
3.) Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks have Chris Carson running in the backfield with the Veteran Carlos Hyde. Rashaad Penny is out for the season with a torn ACL. Chris Carson hasn't finished a 16 game season without being hurt and Carlos Hyde is dealing with a shoulder injury. Although the Seahawks like Travis Homer the Seahawks can still add Bell in their power running game and would be the best running back on the team.
4.) Kansas City Chiefs - The Super Bowl Champions used a first-round pick on Clyde Edwards-Helaire, but why wouldn't they want to create a two-headed monster? Although they have Clyde Edwards-Helaire they generally don't trust him in the red zone or use him on passing downs. Andy Reid loves using screens and is the perfect coach to incorporate Bell into their stacked offense. It was reported today that many people around the league believe he will end up with the Chiefs.
5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - The Buccaneers are stacking their team with versatile veteran players. They currently have been using Ronald Jones who has been pretty impressive lately. They also have added Leonard Forunette and LeSean McCoy so they are stacked in the backfield, but who wouldn't want to play with the Five Time Super Bowl Champion Tom Brady? This doesn't seem like they need much more help in the backfield, but you never know what Bruce Arians and Tom Brady are cooking up.
6.) Miami Dolphins - Rookie Myles Gaskins has rushed for 249 yards and 147 receiving yards. They haven't used Jordan Howard as much as they would like and Matt Breida has 27 carries for 100 yards. Bell could help Rookie quarterback Tua develop and the Dolphins are still currently in the playoff hunt with a 2-3 record. Le'Veon Bell also loves to train down in the Miami area during the offseason.
7.) Pittsburgh Steelers - The Steelers replaced Le'Veon Bell with James Conner, but Conner is hit or miss on a weekly basis. Conner is also very injury prone. The Steelers did inquire about Le'Veon Bell last October with the Jets, but nothing came to fruition. Bell was also spotted training with James Conner and Jaylen Samuels down in Florida during the offseason. The Steelers have a crowded backfield with Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland. Plus the way Bell left the Steelers was not on great terms. Tomlin also isn't really a fan of running backs by committee he normally rides the hot hand when it comes to running backs. Conner is currently playing on the final year of his contract with Pittsburgh and it looks like it could possibly be his last year. The Pittsburgh Steelers fans seem to want Bell back. Ultimately anything is possible and he could return home to make one more final Super Bowl run with Ben Roethlisberger.