The Green Bay Packers had one of the most balanced offenses in the NFL last season. Unfortunately for the team and its fans, their top two running backs are free agents and likely will not be back with the team. They do have AJ Dillon, who is expected to take over as the starter. However, they likely will want a veteran back who compliments Dillon’s bruising running style. Le’Veon Bell may fit in that role.
Le’Veon Bell: A Fall from Grace
There was a time when La’Veon Bell was arguably the best running back in the NFL. Between 2013-2017, Bell made three Pro Bowls and two First Team All Pros with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Following that 2017 season, though, Bell sat out the entire 2018 as he disputed his contract with the Steelers. In short, he bet on himself to pick up where he left off in 2019. As everyone saw, though, that was not the case.
From New York to Kansas City
Following 2018, Le’Veon Bell signed with the New York Jets. He had, by far, his worst season as a pro that year. In 15 games, Bell rushed for 789 yards on 245 carries. This translates to a terrible 3.2 yards per attempt.
In 2020, Bell started the season on IR. The Jets, of course, were downright awful in 2020 and Bell was not move of an improvement for their offense. After just two games, the Jets released him.
Bell was picked up by the defending Super Bowl Champion Kansas City Chiefs. He was much better in a reserve role for them, rushing 63 times for 245 yards (good for a 4.0 yards per carry average).
How Bell Would Fit on the Packers
Obviously, the price for Le’Veon Bell has gone way down from what it was in 2017. The Packers, like many teams, have to be very cap conscious as they build their rosters for the 2021 season.
The Packers have a plan on how to get under the cap. No one knows what it is, however the fact that they were willing to give Aaron Jones top five running back money indicates they know how they are going to do it. The fact that Jones turned that money down means they have more to work with.
On the field, Bell would be the Packers second or third string running back. AJ Dillon, as the starter, would bruise defenders up the middle, tiring them out. Bell, a more slash-like back, could come in and change the game up on the defense. Indeed, they could be a very good combo in the backfield.