The New Orleans Saints are still looking to add players who could help them in any way, shape, or form in 2021. While running back isn’t really a need for the Saints right now, signing Le’Veon Bell as a third-string option at the position could make sense.
Tyler Sullivan of CBS Sports listed the Saints as an ideal team to sign Bell and had this to say:
"Of course, Bell wouldn’t be the top dog in that backfield as Alvin Kamara would be the starter, but there could be snaps to be attained, especially if he can prove to be a better option than Latavius Murray. With Drew Brees retired and either Jameis Winston or Taysom Hill about to take the reins as New Orleans’ newest starter, Sean Payton could use all the offensive weapons he can get his hands on to help whomever is under center. If Bell is willing to take on a secondary role, this has the potential to be everything he thought K.C. would provide him last year."
Bell has fizzled out since sitting out the 2018 season due to a contract dispute with the Steelers but he’s still only 29 years old and could be worth bringing in as a third-string option.
Also, in Bell’s defense, his two teams since the contract issues were the Jets and Chiefs. He was barely utilized by either team and he even went as far as to lash out at Chiefs head coach Andy Reid. Not exactly a great look.
That being said, Bell wouldn’t be brought in as the bell cow running back he once was in the Steel City. Rather, he’d be utilized as a third-string, or, depending on how he performed this summer, could even steal the backup job from Latavius Murray.
Le’Veon Bell would add another veteran presence to the New Orleans Saints back field.
Bell hasn’t had a 1,000 yard rushing season since 2017, which was the final season before he went into a contract dispute with the Steelers. During his best years, he was a threat not only on the ground but through the air as well, which obviously reminds us of Alvin Kamara and what he’s asked to do in the Saints offense.
This isn’t a move that fans need to see happen (a veteran cornerback and trading for a receiver would be nice) but if the Saints did decide to sign Bell, it’d be interesting to see how Sean Payton would utilize him in his offense.
Bell is a drama king though and that’s not something the Saints need on their roster, especially being with the change coming at quarterback. They’ll have enough potential drama this year with the quarterback situation and if things don’t go well for them and Bell could make that a lot worse.
That being said, he’s an experienced running back who could provide valuable depth should Kamara go down with an injury. This would be an interesting move but it’s not one the team needs to make.
Would you want to see the New Orleans Saints sign Le’Veon Bell?