Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have a long history of acquiring troubled players from other teams midseason in the past. That happened once again this season when the Patriots pulled the trigger on a trade that brought wide receiver Josh Gordon in from the Cleveland Browns. Now, another player might be a perfect midseason trade target.
According to Peter King in an interview with the WEEI Sports Radio Network, it would make sense for the Patriots to try to acquire star running back Le’Veon Bell from the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“If I were a team like New England, and Bill Belichick has always had a very contrarian view about draft choices –– what I mean by contrarian view, is he uses them as currency the way Jimmy Johnson used to. If he needs something, he’ll figure out a way to do it. That’s why I think New England makes sense, although I’m not suggesting in any way it will happen. But I think it makes a lot of sense for the Patriots.”
Bell in New England would be an absolute nightmare for every single defense the Patriots faced. Tom Brady is one of the best quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL. Giving him a threat on the ground like Bell would open up the passing game even more.
Pittsburgh has reportedly been open to trade offers for Bell with the star running back holding out. The two sides had talked about a long-term extension, but could not agree on money. Bell has been adamant that he could hold out until Week 10, but the Steelers may not wait that long.
New England would give Bell an extremely intriguing situation. The only potential snag would be whether the Patriots can afford the kind of contract that Bell wants.
Last season with the Steelers, Le’Veon Bell put up monstrous numbers. He rushed for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns on 321 carries, while also catching 85 passes for 655 yards and two touchdowns.
Only time will tell how the drama between Bell and the Steelers would end, but imagining him in a Patriots’ jersey is entertaining, to say the least.