Could Le’Veon Bell land with the Buccaneers? A well known NFL reporter thinks he may end up in Tampa Bay.
Cowherd asked Breer where he thought Bell would land this offseason. On first listen, it might have been hard to catch, but Cowherd had an interesting comment to that answer.
“That’s what I heard,” Cowherd said.
Should Cowherd’s word be taken seriously?
Well not quite. If it were Breer who made that comment, it would be time to get excited about the potential of the Bucs adding a top-five running back into their already high-power offense. But, Breer was making a guess, nothing more.
Still, it’s fun to think that one of the top reporters in the business feels the Buccaneers have a legitimate shot at the star halfback.
Tampa Bay’s rushing attack needs help. The Bucs averaged just 95.2 rushing yards per game last season, the fourth-worst mark in the league. Without an elite feature back, the Bucs were forced to rely on former undrafted free agent Peyton Barber.
Barber ran hard and didn’t get much help from his offensive line last season, but Bell would be a massive upgrade. Even with struggles up front, Bell can make something out of nothing, something Barber rarely did last season.
The Bucs also had a disappointing season from second-round pick Ronald Jones as well. The expectation was that Jones would take over as the starting tailback at some point during the season. Instead, he totaled 44 yards on the ground.
If Bell lands in Tampa Bay, the Buccaneers would no longer be one dimensional. Pressure will be taken off of Jameis Winston‘s arm and in the end, it will make the Bucs offense better.
With a massive need at running back, the Bucs will surely check in on Bell once free agency begins.