As the New York Jets prepare for the upcoming season, one can’t help but think about what next offseason’s free agency class might bring. Here’s to making the case for the Jets to be “all in” when it comes to running back Le’Veon Bell.
Next offseason promises to be a huge one when it comes to the free agency market. Besides the potential for a lot of playmakers to hit the open market, one particular running back should be the hottest name to a plethora of teams. It’s no secret that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t happy with his current situation after getting franchise tagged twice over the past few years. Ideally, Bell will hit the open market and a team like the New York Jets would be wise to do whatever it takes to bring him to the mix.
Not only will Bell want a lot of money for his services, but the Jets will have the salary cap space to make it happen. Of course, anything can change between now and then but Bell doesn’t have any signs whatsoever of slowing down anytime soon as he could be a huge piece to add to the Jets offense. One of which that could push the envelope for many years to come.
By 2019 and definitely in 2020, the Jets will be in a position to hopefully field a contending team. By then, quarterback Sam Darnold should be ready to begin his era under center and to put the right talent around him to thrive, the Jets need an absolute stud at running back.
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Bell brings a lot to the table as both a premier running back that doubles up as receiving target which could make life easy for Darnold in his first few years in the pros. The Jets offense has lacked top-tier talent for many years now but with a running back of Bell’s caliber, it would point the unit in the right direction.
If the Jets were able to land Bell, add a few better players to their offensive line, and land another top receiving target, it would have the foundation needed to win a lot of football games. Bell would not only alleviate a lot of pressure off of Darnold but would be a catalyst in many games to finally have a powerful threat out of the backfield.
Slowly but surely, the Jets are becoming an attractive place for players to be a part of. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson easily chose Gang Green when he had several teams interested in acquiring him. With the Jets just about another year or two away from their rebuilding efforts being complete, Bell would be the icing on the cake to join another top talent like Johnson.
The Jets haven’t had a player of his skill-set since the days Curtis Martin was tearing it up week in, week out many years ago. Bell could usher in a new era for the Jets at a time where the AFC East will be ready for new teams to step up and finally dethrone the New England Patriots once and for all.