I’m sure majority of Colts fans would love to see Le’Veon Bell in Indy blue. In a report few days ago, sources told NFL insiders that Bell declined a extension to stay at Pittsburgh after the 2017-2018 season. Bell felt that we wanted to be valued as a football player rather than just a running back. Instead, he will be testing the free agent waters in 2018. Here are some reasons why Bell could be a great fit at Indy.
A strong possibility of a Frank Gore retirement in 2018
Frank Gore is entering his 14th season as a NFL running back and one year left on his current deal with the Colts. For many seasons playing a physical beat down position, Frank Gore has proven that he is one of the most durable running backs in history. Also, one of the most underrated. If Gore rushes for 1036 yards this season, he will past Curtis Martin to be 4th time on the NFL rushing list (assuming he stays healthy). None the less, it is most likely that he will past Tomlinson, Bettis and Dickerson whom are the 3 guys before Martin. If he does retire, the two main running backs on the roster will be Turbin and Mack. In other words, an open spot on the roster.
A Good amount Cap Space
First year GM Chris Ballard has done something Ryan Grigson never did in the past 5 seasons. Chris Ballard signed many free agents this off-season and gained cap space the following year. Before the Free Agency period opening for 2017 off-season Colts had around 35 million in cap space to work with. In 2018, Colts will have around 50.1 million. For a first year GM, how awesome is that? That being said, there are some current Colts who’s contracts are up at the end of the year; Momcrief, Mewhort, and Davis to name a few.
The Offensive Line
You guys are probably scratching your head. If they can’t protect luck, can they open up holes for Bell? Actually per PFF, colts were the 13th most efficient run blocking team in the league. Colts LT Anthony Castanzo, had the best Run Blocking efficiency out of the starting offensive lineman (total PFF grade around 84). The offensive line is very young but very talented opening up holes for the running backs. If they keep improving in that department and protect Luck, imagine having Le’Veon bell as a colt behind that offensive line.
The QB – Andrew Luck
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is approaching up there in Age. The 35 year old contemplated retirement during the off-season before officially deciding that he will play this year. With Roethlisberger out of his prime, It can convince Bell to play with a elite QB that is much younger. Bell is much more than just a RB. He is a very talented when it comes to catching the ball. Through 4 seasons, Bell has 227 receptions for 2005 yards with 5 touchdowns (8.8 YPC). For a young RB, that is really good. Adding that with a receiver core of T.Y. Hilton, Donte Moncrief (possible future extension), Jack Doyle and Chester Rodgers this will make the colts even more dynamic on offense. Plus, a RB like Bell will take a lot of pressure off of Luck in the running game.
- In the end, we realize that his first option is probably Pittsburgh. The Detroit Lions and other teams like the Seattle Seahawks would be a good fit for Bell. Just admit that it’s fun to think about Bell wearing the shoe next year. Based on my rationale, it does make sense for Chris Ballard to pursue Bell next off-season. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how Ballard spends that cap space.