What leads you to believe that not getting hit for a year could lead to injury? You think he's going to be out of shape or something? I don't mean this to be a smart ass, but have you watched Bell play much? When I watch him play and run the ball, to me he looks like a guy who is going to have a long career, regardless of usage. He runs upright in the open field but when he hits the hole he gets low and he takes hits around his shoulders, which saves his legs. He also has great anticipatory vision, the find the open space and be less likely to not be prepared for a big hit. Watch him. Curtis Martin was like that. Frank Gore is like that. Those guys were effective runners for a long time for a reason. ---- Who knows how much Bell wants in free agency to make him worthy of a signing, but I really disagree with the idea that he's gonna break down soon. I think someone is going to get a fresh, hungry, talented running back that can play ALL 3 downs.