Philadelphia Eagles trade deadline primer: Running backs edition

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Le’Veon Bell (Pittsburgh Steelers)

Le’Veon Bell is all anyone has been talking about for the past few weeks on sports talk radio in Philly. We all know what he is capable of. He’s an elite dual-threat back who tops the rushing leaders every season and his elusive moves leave tacklers with a mouthful of grass in his dust.

In Bell’s first five seasons in the league, he rushed for over 1,000 yards three times and scored seven or more rushing touchdowns four times. The aspect is most appealing is his ability to catch the ball. He already has three seasons with more than 500 receiving yards and has topped 10 total touchdowns twice in his career.

His holdout and antics with the Steelers this season is enough to say “no way” to Le’veon. I understand protecting yourself and your value, but Bell showed complete lack of any regard or care for his teammates by leaving them out to dry for the first six weeks of the season. He’s immature at best and not the type of ego that this team needs.

Not to mention Bell would be a rent-a-player for the remainder of this season, and then would be off to find the team dumb enough to offer a back in their upper 20’s a record-breaking contract. Though the upsides are there, Le’Veon Bell is not worth the trouble for a brief stint.