Don’t look now, but those Le’Veon Bell to the Philadelphia Eagles rumors may begin to pick up steam again.
It seems like forever ago, but think back to a few months ago when all we could talk about was whether or not Le’Veon Bell would continue to be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers and where he might go if he wasn’t. Over and over again we wondered if he might land in the nest and become a member of the Philadelphia Eagles.
We, at ITI, took to our laptops to explain why that move was never going to happen, but things have changed. The season is over, and Bell will be an unrestricted free agent when the league year begins on March 13th.
The only chance Bell remains with the Steelers is if they designate him as one of their franchise or transition players prior to the March 5th, 4:00 P.M. EST deadline, and there’s no real reason to believe that will happen.
The ‘where will Bell land’ questions will start circulating soon. Some of them have started already, and though we can ignore many of them, statements from reliable sources will probably be taken more seriously than the opinions of others who we don’t recognize or those that lack credibility.
We can definitely throw Jason La Canfora into the category of reliable. Here’s what he had to say:
Though Philly’s listed as a possible suitor, the bigger question is whether or not it’s feasible for the Eagles to make that type of investment. We’re well aware of their financial constraints. They have a ton of guys who need new deals. Many of them will walk.
Running back is the most punishing position in all of sports. No one has any doubts about Bell’s ability or what he can contribute in both the running and passing game, but with so many needs, the Eagles will have to ask themselves a serious question.
Is an expensive running back a priority for a team whose championship window is open when there are more pressing needs? If anyone can make a deal work it’s Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman. The question is will he attempt to make one.