The Buccaneers signed running back Le’Veon Bell out of nowhere.
Is it a Christmas miracle? Perhaps a curse? Regardless of how you see it, the Buccaneers signing Le’Veon Bell is at least a little surprising, but this has become a commonplace for the modern iteration of the team.
Great players find their way to Tampa to play with the GOAT, and even if Bell is past his prime, the signing still proves that this is a coveted destination for players looking for rings.
As for the Bell news himself, this was not really on the radar for most Bucs fans, but it definitely makes sense on paper. Ronald Jones is set to be the RB1 for the time being until Fournette returns, but the rest of the depth has done little to inspire confidence in their ability to succeed.
Bell may not be the player he once was, but he at least has the track record to prove there could be some upside to this signing. The newest addition for the Bucs can block and catch out of the backfield, which could put him in range of taking on RB2 duties very soon if the other backs fail to take the next steps.
Jones, on the other hand, is coming off a good game that has many fans asking why he wasn’t given the ball more during the regular season. RoJo has always been a great rusher, but the other parts of his game have caused him to lose out on reps.
With Fournette out and no one else to really push for snaps, Jones was going to be the guy this week, but that could change with the addition of Bell.
This likely doesn’t tip the scales much for the Buccaneers on the ground, but it is still cool to add another All-Pro-caliber player from the mid 2010s.
And who knows, maybe it works out. The Bucs are dealing with injuries, and staying active in free agency shows they aren’t going to remain complacent.
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