The elite Steelers offensive line and a ground attack provided by Le'Veon Bell and James Conner forced teams to focus on the run while creating numerous play action passing opportunities for Brown to exploit.
The two-time All-Pro running back, after gaining almost 2,000 total yards during the 2017 season, opted to eschew the $14.5 million franchise tag in 2018 - forgoing about $855,000 per game - so he could preserve his long-term viability for a big contract in free agency this offseason. NY has the money and the need at the running back position with a promising young quarterback in Sam Darnold that makes the team a little bit more appealing than most. And Bell has indicated to some friends around the league how much he likes Baltimore.
According to The Athletic's Connor Hughes, New York has given Bell a deadline to decide if he will sign with them or not.
"Le'Veon Bell had over $15 million per on the table with the Steelers in July".
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reported at least a half-dozen teams could be in the mix for Bell. The Texans, in particular, make sense as a team that could cut Lamar Miller and upgrade the position with those savings. "They're the favorites for Ingram", Rapoport tweeted. NY has added some nice pieces including wide receiver Jamison Crowder and guard Kelechi Osemele, but Bell would obviously be the star in Adam Gase's system. All of this is subject to change as Bell has not gone public with his decision.
Green Bay really stands out of that pack.
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