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LA Chargers: The checklist that must be filled to sign Le’Veon Bell

FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 14: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the New York Jets looks on at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on August 14, 2020 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, NEW JERSEY - AUGUST 14: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the New York Jets looks on at Atlantic Health Jets Training Center on August 14, 2020 in Florham Park, New Jersey. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

1. Le’Veon Bell has to accept being the RB2 behind Austin Ekeler

I am not one to blame players for trying to get as much money as possible. While it ultimately did not work out for Bell as he would have gotten more if he took the Pittsburgh Steelers’ initial offer, Bell was going to bat for himself, something that every player should do.

However, even giving him the benefit of the doubt in that regard, I still would not say he is a great locker room presence. While he may not be as disruptive as the media points him out to be, I think it is fair to say that he would not be a positive in the locker room.

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The LA Chargers really value character and if Bell is going to be a Charger then they are going to need him to buy into his role on the team and understand it from day one. While Ekeler is out he can be the featured back. After that, his touches will go down as Ekeler and Bell will dominate the carries.

If he wants to go somewhere to be the featured back and not have to split carries down the middle then the LA Chargers are not the team for him. At this point in his career, Austin Ekeler is absolutely a better running back than Bell and sacrificing too many touches for Ekeler would be a mistake.

Bell would get sightly more touches than Joshua Kelley would be if Ekeler was healthy. Would that be a big addition to the offense? Absolutely. Is it a role that Bell wants while he plays for his next payday? Probably not.

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