As deadline approaches, Le’Veon Bell is “good with everything”

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Within the next 17 days, the Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell will, or won’t, strike a long-term deal. However it works out, Bell apparently has no complaints.

I’m good with everything, just taking it day to day for real,” Bell said Friday, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

It’s easy to have that attitude when having real leverage, as Bell does. Absent a long-term deal, he’ll get $12.1 million in 2017, if/when he signs the franchise tender. And he can skip all of training camp and the preseason and still get the full amount, if he so desires.

If the Steelers tag him again in 2018, Bell’s salary would climb to $14.52 million, giving him a two-year haul of $26.7 million. If the Steelers don’t tag him again, he’d become an unrestricted free agent at the age of 26.

Given the market at the tailback position, where LeSean McCoy of the Bills currently has the high-water mark at $8 million per year, it won’t be easy or the Steelers to justify a long-term deal with the tag as the starting point. Which could mean it will be only one more year for Bell in Pittsburgh.

Until he signs the tender, the chance (however slim) remains that he won’t be back in Pittsburgh at all. If the Steelers decide that they’re happy with the alternatives to Bell, each of whom come many millions cheaper, the Steelers can rescind the tender, making Bell at free agent at a time when he’d be hard pressed to get a long-term deal or a one-year deal worth $12 million.

16 responses to “As deadline approaches, Le’Veon Bell is “good with everything”

  1. “And he can skip all of training camp and the preseason and still get the full amount, if he so desires.”

    Players who do that almost invariably seem to get badly injured by 3 or 4 games into the season. He would be wise to get into camp and get proper strength and conditioning.

  2. As a Steelers fan, I’m good with everything too. Bell has missed, due to injury or suspension, 17 games in 4 years. I figured if he got a big contract, he’d lose motivation. Plus, he’s at the most disposable position. Let him play one or two years under the tag, and let him walk. Ben may retire in two years, end of his contract, so they may have a complete rebuild anyway.

  3. I agree why give him 40-60 MIL for a number of yrs when he hasn’t shown he can remain healthy or sober. Best to pay him 12- 28 MIL and get all his most productive yrs and almost no risk . The guy so far hasn’t given the team his undecided attention why reward him with a contract that could/would deplete any wiggle room the team has at improving other areas. With Ben and browns contracts as they are along with the o line they’d be pressed for defensive upgrades or a potential back that gives them continuity. He’s def not a guy you should let walk either but not a guy who should hold you hostage since Tomlin and backs coaches have always gotten their backs to succeed. They already got one diva on the books long term(brown) don’t need another disease

  4. I say tag him the next two years and then let him walk. He wants 15 a year anyways. If he wants to sign a long term deal in the neighborhood of 10 a year then sure but anything more I would say forget about it. I would say he is worth 2 million more a year than McCoy but that’s it.

  5. Bell is probably the best RB in the league. That said, he’s oft-injured and oft-suspended.

    No RB is worth franchise tag money long term. In four years (if he can stay on the field) he will hold the same value as Matt Forte currently does. So he basically has one big contract left. Can’t blame him for trying to get as much money upfront as possible.

    On the flip side, if the Steelers offered him more than 4 years, $40 million, they are grossly overpaying.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    Jul 1, 2017 9:23 PM
    “And he can skip all of training camp and the preseason and still get the full amount, if he so desires.”

    Players who do that almost invariably seem to get badly injured by 3 or 4 games into the season. He would be wise to get into camp and get proper strength and conditioning.

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    This!

    Have seen it too many times.

  7. Training camp should shed some interesting light on the RB position and just what kind of $$ Bell is really worth. Personally had he been able to get through one year without either suspension or injury then I would pay the guy. However, and a big however, based on past performance I would only pay him for this season and then let him walk if he chooses.

  8. thesteelhurtin says:
    Jul 1, 2017 11:24 PM
    I say tag him the next two years and then let him walk. He wants 15 a year anyways. If he wants to sign a long term deal in the neighborhood of 10 a year then sure but anything more I would say forget about it. I would say he is worth 2 million more a year than McCoy but that’s it.
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    I would say Bell is worth whatever the market says he is. McCoy signed that contract in a different market so I don’t know why you are comparing Bell’s current situation to McCoy. When Adrian Peterson signed his last deal with the Vikings it paid him something like $12 million per year….would it be right for Bell to insist that his contract pay him more based on that contract? No. The market at the time Peterson signed his deal has virtually 0 bearings on the current NFL market.

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