The Colts are currently the odds on favorite to land the big time running back in free agency next year. But after this holdout saga has gotten out of hand, they shouldn’t go anywhere near Bell.
Le’Veon Bell is one of the best players in the NFL. He is a great runner with fantastic vision and patience and is an excellent receiver. He is one of the biggest parts of the Steelers offense. The Colts are in the market for someone like this. And yet, they shouldn’t sign him.
This week has seen things turn ugly for Bell. He has yet to report to the Steelers and still hasn’t signed his franchise tender that would pay him over $14 million this year. And it doesn’t look like he is going to report anytime soon either.
His offensive linemen have had enough. Multiple linemen have called out Bell as being selfish and arrogant in dealing with this whole situation. They are done with his antics and have moved on to the backup James Connor.
The Colts have a lot of cap space to use next year. They are the favorites to land Bell with that cap space. But after seeing how selfish he is being, abandoning a team who is on the edge of their championship window, the Colts should steer clear of him.
If his own offensive linemen are turning on him, that is a bad situation. You don’t want a disgruntled offensive lineman blocking for you. Bell would bring great talent, but also great selfishness which can break a team’s will.
GM Chris Ballard and coach Frank Reich have both preached the importance of togetherness and unselfishness. Signing Bell would be telling the team the exact opposite. It would send a message to the whole locker room that togetherness doesn’t matter, only talent does.
While Bell’s talent is undeniable, the Colts shouldn’t waste their time and their money on someone who only cares about them self instead of the betterment of the team.