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Losing Le’Veon Bell is all fun and games until he signs with the Ravens

Just when you thought Le’Veon Bell was finally out of the Steelers hair, rumors heat up that he’s a front-runner to sign with the Ravens.

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So you were elated last week when Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert made it official: the team would finally, finally, finally be cutting ties with veteran running back Le’Veon Bell (or “Le’Veon POS Bell” as he’s been known around Steelers blogs and social media sites since about January of 2017).

There would be no third franchise tag. There would be no first transition tag.

Ding-dong, the wicked witch is dead!

Bye, Felicia!

Any other iconic film quotes that pertained to finally getting someone out of your hair were appropriate and meme-worthy following Colbert’s report.

The Steelers would be moving on, while Bell, the washed-up, fat, ugly, horrible rapper of a running back, would be spending the rest of his playing days struggling with the Jets or some other team with lots of salary cap space but horrible talent and laughable management.

Much like the end of a romantic relationship that includes an ugly breakup, the Steelers would never have to see Bell again—not at the supermarket, not at the gym, not on the bus and not when they’re hanging with their best bud, Craig.

Not so fast.

What if, instead of seeing Bell on the bus, he starts dating your annoying next door neighbor, the one who calls the cops on you when your music is too loud? The one who wouldn’t think twice about having your car towed if it creeps one inch over into their driveway?

I’m talking about the Baltimore Ravens, Pittsburgh’s main division rival for going on two decades and a team that certainly isn’t hurting in the talent or management department.

What started out as a rumor with no real substance not long ago picked up some steam on Friday when several outlets reported that Baltimore was now one of the front-runners to land Bell’s services when free agency commences on March 13.

Yikes.

I know what you’re thinking, how dare Bell start dating that annoying neighbor? I mean, if anyone knows the history between the Steelers and their neighbor, it’s Bell. Talk about low. Talk about the ultimate betrayal. “That POS!!!!!!!”

You know what they say, all’s fair in love and war.

The Steelers and Bell never could come to an agreement on a long-term deal. You might blame Bell for not just going ahead and signing whatever it was the Steelers offered him. I say it was just business, and Bell simply gambled on his own abilities. A huge gamble? Sure, especially when you saw how effective journeyman C.J. Anderson was down the stretch for the Rams just months after they signed superstar Todd Gurley to a lucrative and heavily guaranteed contract.

But beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and if one or more teams think Bell is worth the guaranteed money he’s been after for about two years now, it could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

And if that team happens to be the Ravens, again, yikes. Like him or not, Bell to the Ravens could be the ultimate game-changer in the AFC North—and that’s not even taking into consideration the seemingly upward trend the perennial hapless Browns appear to be on.

You might not think so, but that’s just whistling past the graveyard. Bell might not be the Bell of 2014, but it’s hard to imagine him being a mere shell of his former self at the age of 27. He likely has at least two very good years left, and if those two years are spent in a purple uniform, the Steelers Super Bowl window may finally be slammed shut once and for all.

Just when you thought Le’Veon Bell was finally out of your hair, he could still be right there—as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.