I saw a blurb go by where LeVeon Bell says he’s looking to play. I find him to be an interesting prospect. We might all be looking back in late August and wondering why we didn’t have him among our top 50 running backs in June.

He’s only 29. And I queued up some of his stats from last year and gave him a look. He still looks like the same guy, with the patient running style and the really smooth hands. He would fit really nicely with a team that likes to use its running backs as pass catchers.

Bell lasted only a season and a half with the Jets, and he didn’t do much with KC in his half season there (at the end of the year, they were playing Darrel Williams ahead of him). But I’m not sure that Bell is at the very end of the road. I think he could have a little something left, in the right situation.

One team that comes to mind are the Falcons. They don’t really match in the pass-catching-running-backs department, but they look like a team that needs to add a running back body. Right now they’ve got Mike Davis, who did some good fill-in work for Carolina last year but is a modestly talented try-hard guy who’s been bouncing around the league for years. He’s their starter. And as it stands, they’re current backup (I think) is Qadree Ollison, a former fifth-round pick who wasn’t even active for most of their games last year.

Ollison followed James Conner at Pitt and is the same kind of back – a bigger, velocity-challenged banger.

The Falcons need to move Julio Jones, and that deal should come soon (now that we’re into June). Once Jones is gone, so that should free up some money for the Falcons to do other things. And on their checklist (I’m pretty sure) will be adding another viable running back.

The other notable veteran back out there is Todd Gurley (who played for Atlanta last year). He’s only 26, but I don’t think he has as much left as Bell. Gurley reportedly visited with the Lions last week.

Skimming over the 32 teams, I see a handful of others where I wouldn’t surprise me to see them add another back. In no particular order: Bills, Dolphins, Ravens, Bengals, Jets, Chargers, Cardinals.

Below see a list of the top 30 running back seasons of the past five years. Both Bell and Gurley have two seasons in the top 15.

YearPlayerRu YdRe YdTot YdRecsTDPPR
2019Christian McCaffrey, Car.1,3871,0052,39211619471.2
2016David Johnson, Ariz.1,2398792,1188020413.8
2018Christian McCaffrey, Car.1,0988671,96510713388.0
2017• Todd Gurley, LAR1,3057882,0936419387.3
2018Saquon Barkley, NYG1,3077212,0289115385.8
2020Alvin Kamara, N.O.9327561,6888321377.8
2018• Todd Gurley, LAR1,2515801,8315921374.1
2018Alvin Kamara, N.O.8837091,5928118354.2
2017LeVeon Bell, Pitt.1,2916551,9468511345.6
2020Dalvin Cook, Min.1,5573611,9184417343.8
2020Derrick Henry, Ten.2,0271142,1411917337.1
2018Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.1,4345672,001779331.1
2016Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.1,6313631,9943216327.4
2017Alvin Kamara, N.O.7288261,5548114322.4
2016LeVeon Bell, Pitt.1,2686161,884759319.4
2019Aaron Jones, G.B.1,0844741,5584919318.8
2019Ezekiel Elliott, Dall.1,3574201,7775414315.7
2019Austin Ekeler, LAC5579931,5509211313.0
2019Derrick Henry, Ten.1,5402061,7461818300.6
2016LeSean McCoy, Buff.1,2673561,6235014298.3
2017Kareem Hunt, K.C.1,3274551,7825311297.2
2019Dalvin Cook, Min.1,1355191,6545313296.4
2016DeMarco Murray, Ten.1,2873771,6645312295.9
2017Melvin Gordon, LAC1,1054761,5815812288.1
2016Devonta Freeman, Atl.1,0794621,5415413286.1
2018James Conner, Pitt.9734971,4705513284.0
2017Mark Ingram, N.O.1,1244161,5405812284.0
2018James White, N.E.4257511,1768712276.6
2018Melvin Gordon, LAC8854901,3755014275.5
2020David Montgomery, Chi.1,0704381,5085410266.8

—Ian Allan