5 possible free agent destinations for Steelers star Le’Veon Bell
Le’Veon Bell has outlasted all other holdouts in the NFL. Bell never signed the one-year, $14.54 million franchise tag the team laid on his table way back in March of last year.
That’s a lot of money but not enough for Bell, who is fast becoming the NFL’s answer to Latrell Sprewell.
Background on the Le’Veon Bell situation
What Bell wants is a long-term contract that will make him the highest-paid running back in the league, and we’ll see if that happens in free agency.
The approach blew up last season for Bell, and his teammates eventually turned against him, with left guard Ramon Foster and center Maurkice Pouncey failing to keep their frustrations to themselves.
“What do you do? Here’s a guy who doesn’t give a damn,” Foster said to reporters about Bell, via Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I guess so we’ll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this,” Foster added. Pouncey, meanwhile, was just as direct as Foster when asked about his thoughts, via Tim Benz of TribLive.com.
“Honestly it’s a little selfish. I’m kinda pissed right now. It sucks that he’s not here. we’ll move on as a team. It doesn’t look like he’ll be in the game plan at this point. Conner looks great. We’ll worry about him in week 2.”
The Bell era is now finally over in Pittsburgh. With that said, here are five teams where Le’Veon could sign this offseason.
5. Tennessee Titans
Last offseason, the Titans parted ways with running back DeMarco Murray (retirement), handing the keys to the backfield to the pair of Derrick Henry and Tennessee newcomer Dion Lewis. Henry, however, lacks creativity, often resorting to his bulk to smash through defenses, while Lewis isn’t someone Tennessee sees as a bona fide starter.
Signing Bell will feel like a home run for the Titans, as he would be a scary addition to their offense. The Titans’ offense has gotten struggled under LaFleur last season, but with a fresh start and an explosive Bell taking handoffs and catching passes out of the backfield quarterback from Marcus Mariota, Tennessee could get back to the postseason in 2019.
A tandem of an elite pass-catching tailback in Bell and a dual-threat signal-caller in Mariota would put opposing defenses in a consistent bind.