Le’Veon Bell will probably be a free agent this offseason. Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert confirmed as a lot at the moment when he mentioned the group wouldn’t be utilizing any tags on Bell. The Bell saga has been overshadowed within the final two months by the Antonio Brown nonsense. This determination insures that it doesn’t linger any longer. I advocated final September that they need to work out a commerce with him, however they didn’t. Now, he’ll stroll away free and clear. The Steelers will little question face an influence from dropping two all professional kind gamers (assuming Brown can also be out), but it surely appears a essential excision at this level.
With Bell now on the open market, a couple of groups ought to be enthusiastic about his providers. Sure, operating again generally is a powerful place to put money into as gamers age. Bell simply turned 27, and didn’t play in any respect final yr so he’s comparatively recent. It’s fairly uncommon for a operating again to take a seat out a season for non-injury causes. Ricky Williams walked away on the similar age Bell is now and was largely out of the league for 3 years because of the retirement then his drug suspension; he was productive to age 34. John Riggins sat out the 1980 season in a contract dispute with Washington at age 31; he might have had one of the best stretch from age 33 to 35 of any operating again ever.
Bell can also be a significant component within the passing sport, which ought to improve his worth as he ages. He ought to be productive for a number of years, and there are some groups who might use him and have the cap area to make a transfer.
NEW YORK JETS
The New York Jets at present have over $100 million of cap area for 2019. The operating sport final yr was a hodgepodge of Isaiah Crowell, Elijah McGuire, and a 30-year-old Bilal Powell who has struggled to say wholesome. A multi-purpose again who can do all of it, and assist a younger 22-year-old QB in Sam Darnold looks like a pure match. The Jets need to be the highest suitor on the checklist.
The Houston Texans have about $75 million in cap area, so no matter they resolve to do with Jadaveon Clowney shouldn’t influence the power to go improve the operating again place. Lamar Miller turns 28 and the Texans might make a transfer to improve, as a result of they might save about $6 million by reducing Miller and utilizing it towards Bell. The remainder of the operating again depth chart is dedicated to both position gamers (Alfred Blue) or damage dangers you can not depend on (D’Onta Foreman). Bell makes good sense on this offense as a complement to Deshaun Watson.