About an hour ago
Thursday’s “First Call” gives us the odds of the Steelers signing Le’Veon Bell. A former Steeler gives Bell some advice. A Cleveland Browns player steps out on behalf of Myles Garrett. We mourn a painful Pirates anniversary. And “Pittsburgh South” isn’t moving on just yet.
Been there, done that
If there is anyone that Le’Veon Bell can relate to when it comes to regretting how his on-field career went after leaving Pittsburgh it’s …
… Well, it’s Antonio Brown. So let’s not go down that path.
But former Steelers receiver Mike Wallace can also relate.
Wallace ended up making $56 million after leaving Pittsburgh in 2013. But he only caught one ball in one playoff game after stops in Miami, Minnesota, Baltimore and Philadelphia.
So he knows what the money-versus-success landscape may look like from Bell’s perspective.
The former Steelers running back was just released in New York after a deteriorating relationship with Jets coach Adam Gase was deemed too fruitless to continue.
Now Wallace is giving some advice to Bell as to where he should sign next.
@LeVeonBell Bears, Rams, Patriots, and Steelers go to anyone of those teams if possible and your back to your old form my g
— Mike Wallace (@Wallace17_daKid) October 14, 2020
Upon reading that, I instantly assumed that if Bell comes back to Pittsburgh, it’ll be a disaster. If he goes to the Bears or Rams, it’ll be inconsequential.
And if he goes to the New England Patriots, he’ll rush for 1,000 yards in 12 weeks and they’ll get back to the Super Bowl.
Go ahead. Convince yourself I’m wrong. Try your best.
Coaches are going on the record with their preference about whether or not Bell is in their plans.
Wallace’s speculation about Chicago may have some merit. Bears coach Matt Nagy didn’t rule out the idea of considering Bell.
He didn’t exactly sound desperate either, though.
Asked about the recently-released Le’Veon Bell, Nagy says, “I think he’s a good RB.” But Nagy adds: “We absolutely love our RBs here and our situation, and I’ll leave the stuff up to Ryan (Pace).” #bears
— Kimberley A. Martin (@ByKimberleyA) October 14, 2020
In Philadelphia, Eagles coach Doug Pederson said that he is “extremely comfortable” with the backs he has. Pederson added, “I think we have found our three-down guy in Miles (Sanders)”
— NFL (@NFL) October 11, 2020
Based on that effort at Heinz Field? Yeah. Maybe.
San Francisco’s Kyle Shanahan offered a similar response.
“I’m good with all our guys,” Shanahan said Wednesday. “Even if Raheem [Mostert] wasn’t back [from a recent knee injury], I don’t think that would change much.”
According to OddsShark.com, the Bears are the favorite to sign Bell. Guess who is second.
Odds for what team Le’Veon Bell will play for next…