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The former Pittsburgh Steelers running back is learning the grass isn’t always greener on the other side of the fence.
I will never forget the 2014 and 2015 seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Those two years were the coming out party for running back Le’Veon Bell, and it was an absolute joy to watch him go to work every Sunday.
Whether it was his patient style or his ability to never leave the field, Bell became an instant star and a fan favorite amongst Steelers fans.
However, that all wore off at the end of the 2017 season when Bell sat our training camp after being given the franchise tag, and reportedly missed the walk through prior to the AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
From there it went down hill fast.
Bell sat out the entire 2018 season before becoming a free agent and signing with the New York Jets in 2019. Let’s forget about the fact Bell wanted to be paid as a top running back, and a No. 2 wide receiver, but ended up signing for less than what the Steelers offered him. Let’s focus on the fact Bell thought he would be able to duplicate his success anywhere.
He quickly realized that wasn’t, and isn’t, the case as he has struggled since joining the Jets. In 2019, Bell played in 15 games, amassing 789 yards, on a 3.2 yard average, and just 3 TDs. In 2020, Bell has played sparingly as he was placed on injured reserve due to a hamstring injury.
What is being left out of this narrative thus far is Bell’s rocky relationship with the man in charge, Adam Gase. Gase has publicly talked about how he hates how Bell takes his frustrations to social media rather than speaking to him.
It seems as if the Jets might be at the end of their ropes with Bell, and are now reportedly looking to trade the former Michigan State product.
This per Manish Mehta of the New York Daily news:
BREAKING: Jets are trying to trade Le’Veon Bell, per sources.
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 13, 2020
Bell would be just the latest of the ‘Killer Bs’ to see a fall from grace. Martavis Bryant is out of the league due to consistently breaking the league’s substance abuse policy, Antonio Brown has talked his way out of the league and is currently unemployed and now Bell could be looking for a new home. One in which he didn’t choose.
Could Bell still be productive in the NFL? If he has an offense which can do the things he did in Pittsburgh, I don’t see why not. However, finding an offense, including a quarterback and offensive line, who can do that might be tough to find.
My how the mighty have fallen…
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