Just listen for a second, sheesh.
Let's just pretend for a moment that the Steelers' situation with Le'Veon Bell plays out EXACTLY how it did last offseason and the two sides don't come to an agreement after the whole franchise tag fiasco.
What does Pittsburgh do? We got it!
Trade Le'Veon to the Cleveland Browns for the No. 1 overall pick and then select Penn State running back Saquon Barkley.
#Steelers have franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell, a move he said would make him contemplate retirement. Would love to see #Browns push to trade for him. Have cap space and RB need, and Bell's from OH. Could also smoke the #Steelers twice a season. Think about it @LeVeonBell...— The Backseat Lamp (@thebackseatlamp) March 6, 2018
The Browns can offer Bell all the money in the world, which would finally satisfy him, and he would immediately alter the landscape of their offense, making them much more dynamic. Perhaps such a trade could entice a big-name free-agent quarterback to sign with Cleveland too.
If the Browns really are serious about drafting Saquon at No. 1, this potential scenario makes much more sense for them considering Bell has proven to be the top back in the league as a dual-threat stud.
He would actually be able to do significant damage behind the Browns' stacked offensive line.
Steelers officially tagged RB Le’Veon Bell for a second straight year, this time to the tune of $14.544 million.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2018
As for the Steelers? They'll get Barkley, who is considered a once-in-a-generation type talent. He's a dual threat runner himself and would thrive in Pitt's offense as long as Ben is still slinging it and Antonio Brown is still destroying opposing secondaries.
This would also make the Steelers younger, which is something they need to consider because they are a veteran-heavy team. Why does this make even more sense? Bell is from Ohio and Barkley lives in Pennsylvania after moving from the Bronx, NY.
It's totally a fair trade. Bell is worth a haul of picks, but the fact that the Steelers can get immediate relief in the form of Barkley would make a one-for-one swap the most ideal.
NO player, since Le’Veon Bell entered the @NFL, has produced the same number of first downs as the #Steelers RB has. And it’s not close.— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) March 5, 2018
(PS no. 3 on the list is interesting.) pic.twitter.com/CS6xiE0RhO
Both teams would just be giving one another a rare talent in the backfield capable of altering a franchise for years to come.
Let's make this happen guys.