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Le’Veon Bell confirms contract talk was an April Fool’s Day joke

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On April 1, Pittsburgh running back Le’Veon Bell was threatening to sit out the season if the Steelers don’t give him the long-term contract he’s looking for. On April 2, he’s not.

After tweeting multiple times on April Fool’s Day that he was serious about sitting out the season if that’s what it takes, early in the morning on April 2 he tweeted that it was just an April Fool’s joke.

With a franchise tag that guarantees him $12.12 million this season, Bell would be the highest-paid running back in the NFL in 2017 if he signed the tag, and then he’d be guaranteed either a $14.5 million salary next year or true unrestricted free agency. Given the weak market for running backs in the NFL, the franchise tag is not a bad deal at all.

So Bell surely will sign the franchise tag if that’s what it takes. Both the Steelers and Bell have indicated that they’d prefer a long-term contract, but if they can’t agree on terms that work for both sides, the franchise tag is a good deal. Only a fool would think otherwise.

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41 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell confirms contract talk was an April Fool’s Day joke”
  1. outlawshark says: Apr 2, 2017 5:39 AM

    Steelers, please draft 2 RBs, there is an abundance in this draft.

  2. projectshadow316 says: Apr 2, 2017 6:04 AM

    Yeah, right.

    His agent probably told him how incredibly stupid he was being, so Bell just went with the ol’ “lol, just a joke, guys” excuse.

  3. tjacks7 says: Apr 2, 2017 6:22 AM

    This was such a good joke. Maybe he could find work as a comedian the next time he gets suspended.

  4. george1859 says: Apr 2, 2017 6:32 AM

    Doubling down on stupid?
    Didn’t mommy and daddy give you enough attention LeVeon?

  5. stipez says: Apr 2, 2017 6:35 AM

    If no one falls for it is it still a joke?

  6. najacoo22 says: Apr 2, 2017 6:45 AM

    13 year old stuck in a man’s body

  7. pchaupt says: Apr 2, 2017 6:51 AM

    Well, most of these guys aren’t getting paid for their intellect.

  8. haslamdrinkshisownpee says: Apr 2, 2017 6:54 AM

    The steelers are pretty good but outside of Pittsburgh, who would want to root for these guys?

  9. 700levelvet says: Apr 2, 2017 7:03 AM

    The world can breathe a collective sigh of relief…

  10. thegronk87 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:11 AM

    Thank you Laceo. For reminding us it’s April

  11. thegronk87 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:12 AM

    Thank you Laveon for reminding us it’s April. We already knew the “fool” part.

  12. ravensbob says: Apr 2, 2017 7:19 AM

    He and Bennifer are quite the couple

  13. tg1896 says: Apr 2, 2017 7:26 AM

    This was hilarious outside the city limits of Pittsburgh

  14. Viva Las Raiders says: Apr 2, 2017 7:39 AM

    attention seeking, look-at-me selfish player

  15. RandyinRoxbury says: Apr 2, 2017 7:50 AM

    This Bell has been rung one too many times, the damage is permanent.

  16. truthinesshurts says: Apr 2, 2017 8:18 AM

    Oh my side !!

  17. doctorrustbelt says: Apr 2, 2017 8:20 AM

    The faces of pittsburgh football:

    – antonia brown

    – le’veon bell

  18. conciselogic says: Apr 2, 2017 8:54 AM

    Tomlin needs to control his players.

    Embarrassing how juvenile they act with this kind of ‘look at me’ behavior and Antonio’s constant facebook live crap.

  19. 250dollarnflowner says: Apr 2, 2017 9:05 AM

    that was so funny i forgot to laugh.

  20. murraysons says: Apr 2, 2017 9:06 AM

    Still waiting on confirmation his AFCCG performance was a joke too

  21. nyneal says: Apr 2, 2017 9:10 AM

    Haw haw haw! Dat wuz sooooo funny, Le’Veon! I betchoo stayed up all night thinkin bout doin dat!!

    Seriously, I’d much prefer these NFL guys engage in stuff like this than get caught doing illegal substances or arrested for some offense.

  22. dontstabmeray says: Apr 2, 2017 9:14 AM

    Best RB in football and it’s not even close. Keep hating.

  23. hakunamangata says: Apr 2, 2017 9:27 AM

    Hilarious joke you guys!

    Just wait till you see what he has planned for April twentieth!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says: Apr 2, 2017 10:07 AM

    Seriously, Iā€™d much prefer these NFL guys engage in stuff like this than get caught doing illegal substances or arrested for some offense.

    That’s mighty big of you.

    Whatever has happened to cultivating a sense of humor and humility. Everybody has their knickers in a knot…relax, learn to laugh at yourself, grab a snickers…..don’t hold back it will give you gas.

  25. pastabelly says: Apr 2, 2017 10:21 AM

    If Roethlisberger is contemplating retirement, it might have something to do with these me first self absorbed stars that he plays with. Ben deserves better.

  26. steelpenguin6687 says: Apr 2, 2017 10:53 AM

    Agreed…the “joke” was not funny, as everyone should have known he wasn’t serious. What is funny though, is all the feigned outrage on display here in the comment section.

  27. mongo3401 says: Apr 2, 2017 11:44 AM

    Look st me. Look at me. Look at me.

  28. johnodocks says: Apr 2, 2017 11:46 AM

    If Roethlisberger is contemplating retirement, it might have something to do with these me first self absorbed stars that he plays with. Ben deserves better.
    Ben is the ring leader of the “look at me” (I’m sooooo sore) mentality of the individuals on this team.

  29. somatg3 says: Apr 2, 2017 12:08 PM

    The Steelers have some really ignorant players. No wonder Big Ben was talking retirement.

  30. TheWizard says: Apr 2, 2017 12:24 PM

    Imagine one of Belichick’s guys trolling the team about his contract.

  31. redsea1111 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:15 PM

    Would it have had even a shard of humor if he had said “I’m taking a voluntary pay cut”?

    I don’t know, but it still would of had the results:

    1. Take a jab at your employer.

    2. Rub your entitlement in the face of your fan base – many of whom are struggling to make ends meet.

    3. Demonstrate your immaturity to future employers.

    4. Alienate future fans.

    All that, but really, it just was not funny.

  32. smokingthebowels says: Apr 2, 2017 1:18 PM

    I personally didn’t find this funny. Only LeVeon knows whether he meant it or not. Everyone knows at least one person that takes April Fools serious. Maybe he’s that guy.

  33. realtruthteller100 says: Apr 2, 2017 1:35 PM

    the only fool i see a drug smoking bum that belongs behind bars!

  34. qbarrel says: Apr 2, 2017 1:36 PM

    He’s such a buffoon. He’s really lucky that he has a skill that lets him earn a good living despite his middling IQ.

  35. dickbuttkiss says: Apr 2, 2017 2:17 PM

    Now might be a pretty good time to send the drug tester over to the Bell mansion …

  36. JaminJake says: Apr 2, 2017 3:01 PM

    They aren’t signing him long term because without Big Ben, he’s not nearly as effective. If Big Ben hangs them up, no need for Bell.

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Apr 2, 2017 11:10 PM

    The faces of cincinnati football:
    – Adam Jones
    – Vontaze Burfict

  38. vikingdoode says: Apr 3, 2017 2:06 AM


  39. LyinRogerMustGo says: Apr 3, 2017 9:27 AM

    Well I confirmed 36-17 was definitely not an April Fools joke. šŸ™‚ Neither is 0-3 in AFC Championship games against the 5 time World Champion Patriots.


  40. silvernblacksabbath says: Apr 3, 2017 9:30 AM

    He’s a stud but I’d trade him for a first… RBs are a dime a dozen..

  41. ma26taylor says: Apr 4, 2017 9:50 AM

    What these young stars don’t realize is that an NFL career is short-lived. You have a God-given talent for playing a game…too bad you just don’t have the common sense the Good Lord gave you!

    You waste 15 seconds of media fame to ruin your career without thinking of the consequences. You can take the boy out of the ‘hood, but you can’t take the ‘hood out of the boy!!

    Another knee injury and his career is over.

    Steelers ship will move forward with or without Le ‘Veon Bell…and there will be more SuperBowl Championships in their future.

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