Lefkoe: The Steelers need Le’Veon Bell

Adam Lefkoe explains why a Pittsburgh reunion makes a lot of sense for Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers

Zach Gelb
October 15, 2020 - 9:07 am
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When it comes to Le’Veon Bell landing spots, Adam Lefkoe believes that New England, Chicago, and Indianapolis would all make sense, as would the Giants, if Bell wants to stay in New York.

But there’s one place, Lefkoe says, that makes the most sense of all.

“I don’t know how bad the relationship is, but Pittsburgh needs him,” Lefkoe said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I think that he would be a huge upgrade over Benny Snell, I think he’d be a really good 1-2 with James Conner, and he knows literally everything [about the offense]. So if it ended on bad terms, I don’t know.”

Bell, 28, played for the Steelers from 2013 to 2018 and became perhaps the best running back in football. He was a first-team All-Pro in 2014 and 2017 and a second-team All-Pro in 2016, routinely accounting for 1,800+ total yards and 10+ touchdowns.

Bell held out in 2018 in hopes of securing a long-term contract. It was all downhill from there.

Since then, however, things have changed – for both sides. 

“Le’Veon now experienced Adam Gase, and the Steelers experienced Antonio Brown,” Lefkoe said. “I would wonder if both parties had enough experiences with somebody that was worse than their experience, that they go, ‘Maybe it wasn’t that bad.’ [Maybe the Steelers think], ‘Le’Veon left, but he didn’t do what Antonio Brown did.’ [Maybe Bell thinks], ‘They didn’t really treat me with respect, but [Mike] Tomlin is a lot better than Adam Gase.’ When you’re trying to win, you’ll go anywhere. I’m more curious on the Pittsburgh side, though.”