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Mike Garofolo of the NFL Community is the most current football analyst to opine that Steelers working back again Le’Veon Bell may perhaps go to the Baltimore Ravens.
This discussion was touched off when Bell publicly flirted with Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson on social media in the wake of a former NFL Community report. It advised that Baltimore would be a great landing location if he finally does divorce from the Steelers.
— NFL Community (@nflnetwork) February 14, 2019
The concept of Le’Veon Bell in Purple and Black is intriguing on many degrees.
Very first of all, there’s the sensible angle.
The Ravens had been the 2nd-greatest hurrying team in football with the mix of Gus Edwards, Alex Collins, Javorius Allen and Kenneth Dixon.
Jackson’s 695 hurrying yards from the quarterback situation didn’t hurt, either.
So, on the surface, why would they require Bell on a huge-ticket salary?
Perfectly, look at that aside from Allen, none of the other backs had been at all impactful in the passing activity. Which is section of the cause Baltimore acquired Ty Montgomery from Green Bay previous 12 months. Nevertheless he wound up with only 10 receptions for 65 yards.
Which is where Bell would definitely come into perform. He could acquire some of Lamar Jackson’s quick passes and flip them into very long gains. Jackson could definitely use that protection net in his progress. Ben Roethlisberger is five occasions as polished as Jackson, and glimpse at how considerably Bell assisted Major Ben above the a long time.
Also, offensive coordinator Greg Roman has labored with leading-of-the-line runners this kind of as Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy in the earlier.
Next — past X’s-and-O’s — the Ravens could love the glorious intangible of putting the screws to the Steelers, alongside with under no circumstances having to confront Bell all over again.
No team has allowed much more yards hurrying, receptions or touchdowns to Bell than the Ravens have. Now he could be a person of their possess, heading up against the Steelers’ weak defense 2 times a 12 months in divisional perform.
Envision the Steelers thieving Jamal Lewis in the prime of his job. This would be the rough equal.
Just after the trade of Joe Flacco turns into official, the Ravens will have $32 million of cap place. Paying out huge in no cost company wasn’t Baltimore’s type less than previous basic manager Ozzie Newsome for many a long time.
They’ve gotten much more intense in current seasons. But now Eric DeCosta has taken above for Newsome and, in his words and phrases, shelling out in no cost company can be a “dicey proposition.”
It is not likely the Steelers would trade Bell to the Ravens for the reason that of the rivalry component. For him to wind up in Maryland, Kevin Colbert would have to minimize him unfastened or are unsuccessful to match a Baltimore offer you on a transition or franchise tag.
The prospect exists that, on the transition tag, the Ravens could make an offer you to Bell and force the Steelers to match a ludicrous agreement. That would pinch their rivals in terms of the cap. But the Birds also would require to be all set to take in the strike if the Steelers weren’t willing to match.
It is funny, isn’t it? Steelers admirers have expended a lot of the earlier 12 months rationalizing a opportunity departure of Bell by stating that he is fading as a working back again. He’s not a residence operate hitter. He’s a volume stat-box stuffer. James Conner is just as excellent. Working back again is essential, but the working back again himself does not definitely subject.
Which is all well and excellent when the selection of Bell leaving signifies he winds up with the Lions or Texans, proper?
But seeing him 2 times a 12 months in the AFC North? Bell does not stink so considerably anymore, does he?
Do not be concerned, Pittsburgh. It most likely won’t come about.
On the moreover aspect, if it did, it’d make it all the a lot easier to dislike Bell even much more heading out the doorway. A lot less inside conflict n’at.
As if we would require the assist.
Tim Benz is a Tribune-Evaluation personnel author. You can call Tim at firstname.lastname@example.org or through Twitter @TimBenzPGH. All tweets could be reposted. All e-mails are matter to publication unless specified if not.