The Green Bay Packers were once again just one win away from making a trip to the Super Bowl this season. Aaron Rodgers won the NFL MVP award and the rest of the offense was spectacular, but star running back Aaron Jones is set to hit free agency and many believe he will leave town. Could the Packers take a look at Le’Veon Bell if Jones leaves?
Let’s be honest, many fans are not going to like this idea. Bell has developed a negative reputation around the league and his is no longer the superstar that he was back with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
However, if Jones does walk in free agency, the Packers need to bring in another running back. A.J. Dillon would likely be the starter next season, but a guy like Bell could make a lot of sense as a No. 2 option. He also would likely come on a very reasonable contract.
During the 2020 season split between the New York Jets and Kansas City Chiefs, Bell ended up carrying the football 82 times for 328 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught 16 passes for 138 yards.
Gone are the days of Bell being a 1,000-yard workhorse running back. But, he could be exactly the kind of fit that the Packers need.
Finding a cheap running back who could make plays on the ground or through the air is no easy task. Even harder is finding one that can be signed for cheap. Bell could check off both of those boxes.
On a one-year contract, the Packers could take a shot on Bell. If it doesn’t work out, they could easily release him and move on. Should it work out, the Packers could have another offensive weapon that could help take pressure off of Rodgers.
At 28 years old, Le’Veon Bell may still have some football left in him. He will also be looking for a situation where he can find a consistent role and compete for a Super Bowl. The Packers have that kind of situation to offer.
In an ideal world, Aaron Jones will be back and the Packers can run with Jones and Dillon as their top two running backs. That isn’t likely to happen unless Brian Gutekunst pays big money. Bell would be a solid “Plan B” option.
Expect to see the Packers look to be aggressive this offseason. They know their championship window will not be open too much longer and making some big moves while Aaron Rodgers is still an MVP-caliber player is needed.
Le’Veon Bell may not end up being a target, but he could make sense as a running back option for the Packers.