Bryce Harper lobbies for Le’Veon Bell to join Philly
Bryce Harper hasn’t wasted any time, and Le’Veon Bell might have taken notice.
On Thursday, the Philadelphia Phillies and Harper agreed to a record 13-year, $330 million contract. As Harper settles in Philly, he is trying to recruit a big-name NFL free agent to join the Philadelphia Eagles: Le’Veon Bell is on his radar screen.
Le'Veon Bell to Philly? Bryce Harper wants to see it:
— ESPN (@espn) March 1, 2019
Much as Harper got paid on a MLB-record deal, Bell wants to do the same in the NFL.
The 27-year-old running back sat out the 2018 season in hopes of receiving a major payday from the Pittsburgh Steelers. After being franchise tagged and receiving a few offers from the Steelers, Bell was not pleased with the numbers.
However, his holdout hurt his value more than anything else. James Connor and Jaylen Samuels were both equally as effective in his place at running back in Pittsburgh. Connor rushed for 973 yards and had 13 total touchdowns.
Even so, Le’Veon Bell is still considered to be one of the best running backs in the NFL. The question becomes: Is he a good fit for the Eagles? Bryce Harper can’t answer that question. Bell needs to answer it for himself.
As of now, two of the Eagles’ top running backs, Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles, are scheduled to be unrestricted free agents. Doug Pederson was happy with his running back-by-committee approach. Corey Clement, Wendall Smallwood, and Josh Adams are all young but were inconsistent in their game-by-game performances.
Bell would certainly make the Eagles contenders, but according to OvertheCap, it will be difficult for the Eagles to acquire his services with only $5 million in projected salary cap space.
The Eagles will have to restructure some contracts in hopes of making an aggressive run at Bell. At this point, it seems very unlikely he’ll be joining Harper in Philadelphia.