Le'Veon Bell was a force to be reckoned with back in Pittsburgh. He was widely considered to be the best running back in the NFL from 2014-2017. He was a Pro-Bowler for three of those years and a First-Team All-Pro in two of them. He wasn't a Pro-Bowler back in 2015 because he only played six games and was injured. When the 2018 season came around, Le'Veon decided to hold out until he was granted a new and improved contract. He ended up holding out the whole 2018 season and became a free agent that offseason. The New York Jets decided to sign him that offseason and was arguably the most impactful 2019 offseason addition in the NFL. When the 2019 season came around, Le'Veon Bell struggled. He had 500 less rushing yards, 200 less receiving yards, and six fewer touchdowns than his prior full season. The Jets have recently let him go without really giving him a fair chance to succeed. Now, let's look at the remaining top 3 contenders that are interested in signing Former First-Team All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell.
3. Miami Dolphins
Miami has shown a lot of interest in Le'Veon Bell, and it makes sense. Miami is trying to run a three running back offense, but it isn't working out so well for them. Jordan Howard is their goal line power back that is only getting about 5 carries a game. Matt Breida is very fast and performed well in San Francisco last year, but he definitely shouldn't be starting for an NFL team. The young running back Miles Gaskin is carrying the load for them so far and looks to be doing alright. Gaskin is getting around 11-13 carries per game and is averaging 3.9 yards per carry with 249 rushing yards this year. In Miami, there is no conspicuous number one, which makes it challenging to get the run game going and for it to be successful. Bell could be a great addition and finally give them the edge in the run game that they need.
2. New England Patriots
The Patriots are an interesting team. It's difficult to tell if they are contending for the playoffs or not. Sitting at 2-2, Cam Newton has been pretty much their whole offense and has been a big part of their run game. The Patriots run game might be the most inconsistent run game I've ever seen. As a team, they're only running the ball with running backs about 15 times a game. Cam has been running, on average, 12 times a game. Sony Michel was getting about 10 carries a game before he got hurt in week 3, Rex Burkhead has been getting roughly 6 carries a game, and Damien Harris has played one game where he got 17 carries and 100 yards but has been inactive every other week. To me, it seems like the Patriots don't have much confidence in any of their running backs to be the true number one, and that's what Le'Veon Bell could bring to the table and that true number one could give them a slight edge if they're in a playoff push.
The Bills are the best team in the AFC East right now at 4-1. They have a great passing offense with Stefan Diggs and their early MVP candidate quarterback Josh Allen. They also have one of the best defenses in the league led by 2019 First-Team All-Pro Tre'Davious White. The only problem they have is their weak run game. Their two running backs are Zach Moss, a fourth-round pick from the 2020 NFL draft, and Devin Singletary, who was a second-round pick in the 2019 NFL draft. The Bills seem to like their two young backs, but neither is performing as well as they need if they want to make a Super Bowl push. Zach Moss hasn't gotten too many carries yet, and he hasn't done much with those carries either. Moss is only averaging 2.8 yards per carry on 17 attempts. Devin Singletary's stats are very similar to Miles Gaskin, who I talked about in the Dolphins section. Singletary has three fewer attempts and three fewer yards than Gaskin. You could only imagine how good this Bills team would be if they had a true number one running back that they could trust, and Le'Veon could also be a mentor to the young backs.
This isn't what team I think is the best fit for Le'Veon, these are the teams that are the most interested in signing him right now and my explanation for why. I would also like to mention the fact that all of these teams are from the Jets division, the AFC East. I assume that they also want to sign Bell so he can give away little secrets about the Jets defense to a division rival.
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