Two of the most talented running backs in the league are currently without a team for next season. Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers are no longer bonded by contract after this season, and Kareem Hunt is currently going through his off the field issues. Nevertheless, both are planning on being active sometime during next season, so today we are looking at potential destinations for two of the more productive running backs in the NFL today.
Bell missed the whole 18-19 season due to contract disputes, but will be looking to find a new home this offseason, with plenty of teams offering open arms. Le’Veon rushed for 1,200+ two consecutive years before his contract dispute.
The first possible destination for Le’Veon is the New York Jets. The Jets have their man at quarterback in Darnold, now why not splash the cash and give him a backfield to work with? This is the offseason that the Jets have opened up over $100 million in cap space, and we think it’d be interesting to add some proven talent to that young Jets offense.
Another possibility for Le’Veon Bell is to move to division rivals, the Cleveland Browns. The Browns bounced back well from their winless season, riding rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield to 7 wins on the year. Giving him a dangerous and patient runner like Le’Veon could work well with the option capabilities that Mayfield offers. Cleveland is lined up to be able to pay Bell what he is looking for as well, so look for the Browns to be in the running for Le’Veon come this offseason.
Following his off the field issues, Hunt is currently enrolled in concousling, and appears to be going through the steps of being eligible to play as soon as possible. At age 23 and putting up such productive stat lines, Hunt will undoubtedly find a team that would like his services. Assuming that Hunt will be on the field sometime during the 2019-20 season, we speculate on who he would most likely be playing for.
One of the most probable teams that would take Hunt in and need his production is the Oakland Raiders. In his rookie year, Hunt posted 1,327 yards rushing with 455 yards receiving. His second year was on pace to do very similar numbers, if not better. The Raiders are currently lacking any kind of burst from the back field, and Hunt would give them that and more. Hunt would be a very valuable piece out of the backfield if Oakland can pull the right strings when Hunt returns.
One destination that always has room for the talented, no matter what their past, is the New England Patriots. Hunt would be a weapon if he made it to Foxborough, giving Brady and Belichick one of the best checkdown receiving backs in the league. How interesting would Kareem Hunt make that Patriots offense?