Today is the day free agent running back Le’Veon Bell will be wined and dined (from a distance) by potential NFL teams.
Could the Miami Dolphins be interested in Bell’s services? That I can’t say for sure.
However, I will make a case as to why I think he would be a welcomed addition.
But first, a word from our good friend Adam. #FreeRapoport
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Miami Dolphins were at least in talks about the playmaking RB before his release.
Adam Schefter says the Dolphins had conversations for Le’Veon Bell: pic.twitter.com/yQQLOPVdfU
— Alejandro 🇨🇴 (@MiamiAlejandro) October 14, 2020
No one truly knows how deep these talks were between the Dolphins and Jets. But after listening to the video, I get the feeling New York may have been a bit desperate?
But I don’t care. Let the speculation commence!
Flores won’t say ‘no.’
Yesterday, Flores didn’t really speak on the 28-year-old RB. Except he did, when he snuck this little nugget into his discussion on the Jets running back room without their Pro Bowl RB.
Look, Le’Veon Bell is a great player. I think we all know that. He’s had a lot of production in this league – run, pass and just a dynamic player.
Today, when asked what he thought about Bell and a potential new home in Miami, Flores dropped another nice little quote.
flores on bell: "as far as le'veon, that's really more of a question for chris. my focus is on the jets & the players they have on their team. i said this before, he's a VG player. as a personal, staff, as an organization we look at anyone that is available that could help."
— josh houtz (@houtz) October 15, 2020
Where does Bell fit into the offense?
No disrespect to Myles Gaskin, who is proving to be an NFL RB and a key piece to Miami’s backfield, but Bell is a different breed of running back. And while the Jordan Howard experience may have failed or the team continues to struggle to get Matt Breida involved, the Dolphins could use something a little bit more.
Enter 28-year-old Le’ Veon Bell, hungry AF to prove to the doubters wrong. Most importantly, to prove Adam Gase wrong.
Bell had success in a similar offense in the past. And despite his recent woes in New York (and even his later years in Pittsburgh), I’m not convinced the book is closed. His patient running style would be effective behind Miami’s newly revamped offensive line and adding a weapon like him to an offense already averaging 27.2 points per game–watch out.
The Final Yard
I won’t lose sleep if the Dolphins miss out on Le’Veon Bell. But, rarely, a player that has eclipsed over 6,139 yards and 38 touchdowns falls from the sky. And while he’s proven to be an exceptional runner, it’s his ability to line up in the slot and split out wide that admittedly intrigues me most.
I can’t speak on what bell would do to the locker room, because idk. but over his 7-year career, bell has caught 381/478 targets for 3,160 yards & 8 touchdowns. and for a team that lost two WRs in august, adding a player with his skill set, to this offense? yes, I think I would.
— josh houtz (@houtz) October 14, 2020
How would a defense stop DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, Preston Williams, Jakeem Grant/Isaiah Ford, and Le’Veon Bell when all split out wide? Then, think of the different packages, whether it be (Gaskin/Bell, Bell/Breida, Gaskin/Breida, Bell/Howard, etc..) or even Lynn Bowden-Malcolm Perry.
I need a cigarette.
Miami’s offense is already scary. But adding a player like Bell would turn the Dolphins offense into a Megazord. An unstoppable force. And for a team already averaging 27.2 PPG, that’s scary.
He might not sign in Miami, but Le’Veon Bell would be a great signing for the Miami Dolphins.
Best of all, we could go around and tell anyone who listens, Gase swapped Bell for Ballage