The Jacksonville Jaguars are down to two healthy(ish) running backs on their active roster. Corey Grant is done for the season with a Lisfranc injury and Leonard Fournette is week-to-week with a lingering hamstring injury. That leaves a banged up T.J. Yeldon and practice squad promotion Brandon Wilds to handle running back duties.
And, well... that’s just not good enough, folks.
While all this is going on, arguably the best running back in the league is at odds with his team over a contract dispute. Said team has said they’re open to trading him.
Seems like a no brainer, right?
Well, it depends on who you ask.
Why trading for Bell makes sense
The offense is the difference between the Jaguars’ expectations being “playoff hopeful” and “Super Bowl contender”. They need play makers on the offensive side of the ball, especially ones that rely less on their inconsistent quarterback to help them produce.
Bell is not just a good player, he is an All-Pro talent. He fits this offense well and can run between the tackles as well as he can catch the ball out of the backfield. Only Antonio Brown had more than his 106 receiving targets and 85 receptions last season. And no one bested his 11 total touchdowns on the Steelers last year.
He can shoulder some of the burden for the offense, take pressure off of Bortles, and open up the passing game for the receivers and tight ends. What’s not to like?
Why trading for Bell doesn’t make sense
If the Steelers don’t trade Bell, he’ll leave in free agency in March. And he will get a huge contract. And he will produce. And that means the Pittsburgh Steelers will get a third-round compensatory pick.
That means you’ll have to give up at least a third round pick for him, which is a lot of draft capital for a running back (even one as good as Bell).
You’ll also have to pay him a little less than $12 million this year and sign him to an extension to make it worth the trade. The Jaguars’ cap situation is not great thanks to Blake Bortles’ contract putting the team on the hook for a $21 million cap hit in 2019.
What do you think?
Should the Jaguars bet the farm on Bell and cash in on their best chance to win a Super Bowl since, well, last year?
Should the Jaguars trade for Le’Veon Bell?
This poll is closed
Yes, give the Steelers whatever they want
Yes, but only for a third round pick or later