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Le’Veon Bell: I guess I just gotta get better

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The Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell did not come to agreement on a multi-year deal before Monday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to do so, leaving Bell to play out this year under the terms of his franchise tender.

Unlike their peers in Washington, the Steelers did not mark the deadline by relaying their account of the negotiations that led up to the deadline. The Steelers released a brief statement from General Manager Kevin Colbert that said, in part, that the team plans to “resume our efforts to address his contract situation” after the 2017 season comes to an end.

Bell released a short statement of his own on Twitter on Monday evening.

With the deadline passed, the next question is whether Bell will be working on his own to get better or if he’ll sign his $12.1 million tender in order to join the team at camp.

Bell’s production over the last four years has put him among the very best backs in the game right now, but his availability could be better in 2017 after missing 14 games and parts of others, including last season’s AFC title game, to injuries and suspensions. If he can be on the field and at the top of his game every week this year, Bell will be in line for a big payday one way or another next year.

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21 Responses to “Le’Veon Bell: I guess I just gotta get better”
  1. lightninhopkins says: Jul 17, 2017 7:38 PM

    Steelers won’t sign him to a long term deal. He will be out of there as soon as he can.

  2. gbpackfan3 says: Jul 17, 2017 7:40 PM

    What a poor attitude…should be focused on getting better regardless

  3. infectorman says: Jul 17, 2017 7:41 PM

    Double down on Dr. Rydze.
    Worked for all of your Steal predecessors

  4. blackstrat says: Jul 17, 2017 7:49 PM

    This guy does not deserve anywhere near 12 million a year.
    Even without his missing games situations.

  5. citpyrc says: Jul 17, 2017 7:54 PM

    No not get better just stay healthy and don’t get high.

  6. stillabengalsfan says: Jul 17, 2017 7:55 PM

    Yep, and more reliable.

  7. patsxsaintsfan says: Jul 17, 2017 7:57 PM

    The only way bell could prove to be worth 15 million is if Ben went down week 1 and he rushed for 3500 yards and had 2000 receiving yards.

  8. reddzen says: Jul 17, 2017 8:08 PM

    I personally wouldn’t pay the guy because some of his time off the field was his own stupidity. I don’t pay stupid.

  9. learysdisciples says: Jul 17, 2017 8:28 PM

    Already on the backside of his career.

  10. crtjr says: Jul 17, 2017 8:45 PM

    I’m not hating on the Bell because this is a business. This is his only contract to cash in and he must get the max. The unfortunate problem is that his max is more than our Steelers can pay.

    The Steelers are about championships and get that you need a team to get there. What title contender has maxed out any players contract? Do’t worry, I’ll wait. We could afford to pay him more than any other RB which is what we offered him… $4 million more than the next best contract, but he wanted more… and can get it. But the Steelers know they cannot contend with Bell alone.

    What player, including Brady on Patriots break the bank? Yet they continue to win championships because the guys there buy into the idea that the championships come first. Same here. We’ve let excellent players go in their prime before. Pittsburgh is about titles… I’m sure the two NY teams, the LA teams, or Chicago could pay him the max salary and he’ll get it and deservedly so. He’s a great back, just to great for the Steelers to sign.

  11. cobrala2 says: Jul 17, 2017 9:04 PM

    He really IS amazing.

    But you can’t help your team win championships from the bench.

  12. bearwithjetpack says: Jul 17, 2017 9:47 PM

    The passive aggressive girlfriend negotiating technique, a bold move. Let’s see if it pays off.

  13. arwiv says: Jul 17, 2017 9:58 PM

    Its 2017, what RB should be getting more than 12 mill a year? The position has been a revolving door for years and every GM in the game knows it.

  14. The Truth says: Jul 17, 2017 10:06 PM

    It would probably help if you stopped coming up ” lame” every game against new england

  15. pftisthebestsiteeverlol says: Jul 17, 2017 10:08 PM

    or just stop getting suspended.

  16. fafaflunky says: Jul 17, 2017 10:14 PM

    12.1 mill a yr and you play for team that is a contender. No brainer.

  17. dudermcrbohan says: Jul 17, 2017 10:20 PM

    The dude does it all. He should get everything he can. Steelers offense was non-existent after he left the AFCCG. All NE did was focus to stop Brown. Better hope Bryant can put down the stickiest of the icky, they’ll need everything they can get.

  18. BayAreaBrownsBacker says: Jul 18, 2017 12:29 AM

    As a Browns fan, I disagree. This guy has balled out for the past 4 years, and the Steelers Organization appears that they could care less. Oh please let a bunch of disgruntled players not be ready for the week one opener… This was no-brainer contract negotiation so this is a little uncharacteristic of the Steelers.

  19. ak185 says: Jul 18, 2017 12:40 AM

    Does he deserve it? Let’s look at the question. If he feels like handicapping his team so they can’t sign other guys to help win championships, he can agitate for a max deal.

    Talent wise, football intelligence wise, yes, he is worth a lot of money. And then, after decides to do that, the Steelers have to decide that his behavior, unrelated to the suspensions, is worth having around the locker room. And then, if his behavior isn’t bad at work, they’ve got to decide that his behavior off work (meaning the suspensions) is worth the max deal. And finally, after checking all of those boxes, the Steelers have to decide that he will be able to play enough games to get them a championship.

    The first question? Definitely a yes. The second? Maybe, I’d have to be in the locker room to know, but he seems like he’s getting to be quite a diva with his rap albums and constant social media distraction. Not a bad guy, but self obsessive maybe. The third question? Ummm…hard pass. Fourth? Again…hard pass.

    So I guess what Le’Veon should be saying is “I just got to grow up.”

  20. Mr. Jones says: Jul 18, 2017 9:44 AM

    NFL players get a raw deal. You play 16 games and want to compete with other sports in the salary department.

    Granted the sport is more physical. But I agree with Sherman or any other player, hold out if you have to.

    The game will beat you up and getting the most money is worth the fight. Chances are Bell will be out of the league by 32.

    The only problem with Bell is he does not play a lot. That hurts him bad. You can’t ask for the bank and the team knows you are going to be out when they need you.

  21. trubroncfan07 says: Jul 18, 2017 12:52 PM

    Reliability should be his number one priority.

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