New York Jets should call Tennessee Titans about Le’Veon Bell trade
By Will Lomas
Why taking the franchise tag is a no-brainer
Can you name the last running back who held out on a franchise tag and had his life work out the way he wanted it to down the line? Bell missed an entire year and got nothing for it only to get a big deal in the future, but he would have made that and more if he had just played.
That is probably the best case scenario, look at a guy like Melvin Gordon who missed the first four games of the season and didn’t gain more than 32 rushing yards in his first four games back.
With only one 100+ yard rushing game this season, Gordon has fallen out of favor with the Chargers who have seen his backup Austin Ekeler come in and have a season that will likely have him finish with over 1,500 all purpose yards including 1,000 yards receiving.
At best you take a year off from football and lose any sort of momentum you had heading into an offseason, only getting contract offers from bad teams. He won’t believe it from me, but the best thing he can do for his career and his bank account is most likely to take the franchise tag and then hit free agency down the line or sign a new deal with the Titans.
You know who would be the best person for Henry to hear that from? Le’Veon Bell.
Since he has made this mistake before, a fringe benefit of bringing him in is that he can be a cautionary tale for Henry on just how fragile an NFL career can be if it isn’t handled correctly.