Le’Veon Bell was once one of the premier running backs in the NFL when he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Bell was considered one of the best dual-threat backs in the league due to his uncanny ability to produce as a runner and a receiver. However, everything has gone downhill since Bell and the Steelers had a falling out, leading to a short stint with the New York Jets before joining the Kansas City Chiefs in 2020.
During his time with the Chiefs, Bell shared the workload with Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams. Bell showed that he isn’t the same player he once was as he compiled 353 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 76 touches in nine games with Kansas City. Now, Bell remains a free agent and is waiting for the right opportunity to arise.
Even though Bell isn’t a Pro Bowl running back anymore, here are three teams that should consider bringing in the former All-Pro back.
Ahead of the 2020 season, the Atlanta Falcons took a chance on bringing in Todd Gurley, who was released by the Los Angeles Rams. Gurley began to have injury issues with the Rams, leading to him being released before his massive extension with Los Angeles even began. In his lone season with the Falcons, Gurley looked a step slow as he tied his career-worst mark in yards per touch (3.8 yards).
With Gurley no longer in the picture, Atlanta brought in Mike Davis to be the lead back in their offense. Davis excelled with the Carolina Panthers in 2020 amid Christian McCaffrey’s absence. While Davis could shoulder the majority of the workload, it’s hard to believe Davis — who is 28 years old — is going to suddenly handle a workhorse role at this point in his career. Le’Veon Bell would be a solid choice to share the workload with Davis as the Falcons implement a new offense under new head coach, Arthur Smith.
Before Bell signed with the Chiefs last season, there were rumors that the Buffalo Bills were a team he was also considering. Buffalo leaned on Devin Singletary and Zack Moss in 2020, with neither of them proving to be superior to the other in the offense. While the aerial attack of the Bills was one of the best in the league, you could argue that Josh Allen was the best running back on their roster.
Over the course of the offseason, Buffalo didn’t address the running back position besides adding a depth piece in Matt Breida. So with Singletary and Moss being relied upon again, Le’Veon Bell would instantly become a fixture in the offense due to his ability to pass protect and contribute as a receiver. As Buffalo has their sights on being a Super Bowl contender, adding a veteran like Bell would make a ton of sense due to the lackluster nature of their current backfield.
Los Angeles Rams
All signs were pointing to Cam Akers having a breakout season with the Rams in 2021. The second-year back was going to have a new quarterback in Matthew Stafford and clear control of the backfield. Sadly, Akers suffered an Achilles injury in training camp, which will sideline him for the entire 2021 campaign. The Rams are confident in Darrell Henderson handling the starting role, and he’s shown plenty of potential in his first two seasons in the NFL.
But besides Henderson, Los Angeles has unproven players in Xavier Jones, Raymond Calais, and Jake Funk. While the Rams haven’t made a move yet, I believe they are waiting for roster cuts to happen before they add an experienced back. While Le’Veon Bell wouldn’t be the starter on the Rams, he could operate as a nice No. 2 option behind Henderson in the offense.