Analysis | Should the Redskins trade for Le’Veon Bell?
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Trading for Le’Veon Bell is the type of move the Redskins might have made in previous years. It would be a big splash for a marquee name. It would happen at the cost of a future asset. It would add a combustible element to already delicate locker room for the sake of a talented player’s past performance. It would be straight out of the playbook that has landed Washington in its two-decade pit of mediocre-at-best football.

The holdout of Bell, the star Pittsburgh Steelers running back who refuses to sign his franchise tag tender, has lasted long enough for every team and its fan base to mull how he’d look in their uniform. ESPN’s Bill Barnwell contemplated the wisdom of Washington trying to swing a deal for Bell, and it would be reasonable for fans to salivate of the prospect of Bell, a productive back and singular talent, in Washington.

But even though there are reasons fans are excited about the possibility, including the fact that the NFC East appears to be up for grabs, and Washington’s top two backs — Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson — suffered minor injuries in Monday’s loss to the Saints, the answer is clear: The Redskins shouldn’t do...

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