Houston Texans: 3 Free agent RB’s to replace David Johnson if traded

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Le'Veon Bell, Texans
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1. Le’Veon Bell

Here is an interesting choice if the Houston Texans want a one-and-done running back, and his name is Le’Veon Bell. Are the best years of Bell behind him? Nobody knows for certain, but if the Texans do trade David Johnson, what player in free agency would benefit from a “prove it” type of contract more than Bell?

Bell might be off the free agent list soon as he has worked out for the Baltimore Ravens this week, but if the Texans have their future in the forefront of their decision-making they could trade Johnson, sign the veteran Bell and see what happens this season.

At one time Bell was one of the very best running backs in the NFL, but since he’s left the Pittsburgh Steelers he hasn’t been the player he once was. In a rotation of running backs, like the Texans are looking to have in ’21, Bell could fit into such a rotation.

Last season Bell played for the New York Jets and the Kansas City Chiefs and was unhappy with how he was used in those offenses, so if he were to join the Houston Texans on a one-year contract, he’d have to realize that he’d have to share carries.

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Again, it is doubtful he’d join the Texans because they aren’t a contender, but like with others he could join the roster, give some solid play to the team, then maybe get traded himself to a contender who could use him where the Texans could add even more draft capital for the ’22 NFL Draft.