1. Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh Steelers, Running Back
This potential trade target might be a stretch, but it is possible. This year, the Texans running game has been poor. Lamar Miller, a free agent acquisition in 2016, has failed to live up to his success with the Dolphins, and Alfred Blue hasn’t produced much either in his tenure with the Texans.
Although he produced well earlier in the season, Miller has turned in several lackluster performances as of late. Thus, Miller is not a viable option as the running back, running for about 3.7 yards per carry.
In the Texans’ three wins, Miller missed the game with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 5, and this past Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, Miller rushed for 46 yards on 15 carries. Also this season, Miller has no rushing touchdowns on 73 carries. Blue this season has one touchdown on 56 carries.
For the explosive Texans offense, having Miller as running back will not be able to sustain against powerful playoff teams and their strong defenses. It is imperative that the Texans fix this issue.
One main way the Texans can solve this issue is by acquiring Le’veon Bell. Bell is notably holding out due to contract issues. After refusing to play, Bell is being actively shopped by the Steelers, but it would be a high price to pay to receive Bell in a trade. Bell, a phenomenal player and three-time Pro Bowler, would easily adjust to the Texans’ fast-tempo offense, but the big question is would he re-sign with the Texans following a trade?
Despite the high price for a player like Bell, if the Texans do indeed acquire him, it will boost the Texans’ offense greatly.