The Redskins' run game functioned at a fairly high level in 2018, largely thanks to the power and speed of veteran back Adrian Peterson.
With free agency looming, much discussion has centered around bringing Peterson back to compete with a healthy Derrius Guice for carries this fall.
At least that was the discussion.
NBC Sports’ Peter King suggested Washington might be in the hunt for another star ball carrier: Le’Veon Bell.
This one doesn’t make a lot of sense.
The Redskins have very little money available to spend in free agency, and Bell will be looking for a lot of cash. In search of a multi-year contract last season, Bell sat out all of 2018 rather than play on a $14 million franchise tag contract.
Bell will want similar money to Todd Gurley, who landed a four-year, $60 million contract extension with $45 million in guarantees from the Rams last year.
Right now, Washington has just $13 million available in free agency and the team will need to allot a good chunk of that to sign their draft picks next month.
It’s important to point out Bell is a terrific player when on the field. In five years with Pittsburgh, Bell twice made the NFL All Pro team. He’s been near or over 2,000 yards from scrimmage three times.
He’s also been suspended for substance abuse, and missed the entire 2018 season in a contract holdout.
King’s report mentioned the Redskins as an outlier with possible interest in Bell.
It’s fair to be interested in a great player hitting the marketplace. But barring something bizarre, Washington cannot afford the Steelers' former star.
So far this offseason, the ‘Skins have been linked to almost every big name free agent and trade possibility.
Maybe they’re working the phones overtime in Ashburn, but maybe they’re not. The NFL offseason is not exactly known for transparency and honesty.
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