Target number 7: Le’Veon Bell, RB
Seattle surprised many by re-signing Chris Carson in free agency. It isn’t that Caron is bad. In fact, he is one of the best pure running backs in the NFL. It was simply one of those signings where the stars had to align just right for this to work. Fortunately for all, they did.
Carson is a phenomenal running back. His contact balance and vision are elite. His lateral agility allows him to hit holes without losing speed. His pass-catching is surprisingly very good. However, he has had injury issues. As has Rashaad Penny who currently sits as RB2 on the depth chart.
This is where Le’Veon bell comes in. Seattle believes in Carson. However, after the many injuries, issues with game-ready shape, and consistency in play with Rashaad Penny. There are major question marks that are left. Seattle needs someone to take some of the load off Carson to keep him healthy. Can Penny manage that load?
Bell may not be the back he once was. However, don’t let his poor stats with the Jets fool you. He is still a very solid back with great field vision. Good players more often than not have regressed under Adam Gase. Bell even announced on social media that the majority of the run plays the defense would call out before the snap.
Adding Bell would make for one heck of a running back trio. Carson is the main back. Le’Veon Bell is the pass-catching back. Rashaad Penny is the off-tempo speed back. This also leaves room in case an injury occurs.
Contract estimate: 1 year, $1.5 million