You know the routine.
Whenever a good player hits the market, or when his team reportedly puts him on the trade block, Eagles fans wonder if Howie Roseman should get on the phone and bring him to NovaCare.
In this case, it’s Le’Veon Bell, the disgruntled former Jet, who was released by Joe Douglas because the guy just cannot stand Adam Gase and wanted out of there.
Should the Eagles be interested? Probably not.
They already have their lead back in Miles Sanders, who also catches passes and does a lot of the same things Bell does. Sanders is 23 years old, he’s cheaper, he’s your RB1 of the future, and bringing in Bell just doesn’t create enough touches for either guy, who should justifiably be getting the ball 15-17 times per game. Bell also missed a few games recently with a hamstring injury and is a little iffy in the health department.
The good thing is that New York is paying Bell his $2.5 million bonus and the prorated remainder of his base salary, which is about $6 million. If the Eagles wanted to acquire him, they could do that for the league minimum, so this is not like trading for a guy with a massive cap hit. Thing is, the Birds never put money into the backup RB position, nor do they really spend a lot on RB at all, instead traditionally focusing on the trenches, quarterback, and a receiver or two, so this would be a one-year kind of move for a team that’s tight against the cap.
And Bell hasn’t had a good season since 2017, which was his final year with the Steelers, when he went for 1,291 rushing yards and 655 receiving yards en route to the Pro Bowl. He sat out the 2018 season and then had a mediocre year on a bad Jets team in 2019. He made $28 million playing just 18 games for New York and there are serious questions about how much is left in the tank at 28 years old. Would he take a prove-it type of deal on a team that needs a running back? I could honestly see him going to the Chiefs, and the Bears would be a good fit, too. Maybe Arizona.
We’ll set the odds on the Eagles signing Le’Veon Bell at +5500.
Here’s a good tweet from Acho:
Adam Gase resume in 1.5 years with the Jets:
•Shipped off potential future HOF, Jamal Adams.
•Ruined and then released a once top 3 running back in Le’Veon Bell.
•Caused Sam Darnold, a top 3 draft pick budding with potential, to see ghosts.
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) October 14, 2020