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.

21 responses to “Le’Veon Bell: I guess I just gotta get better

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.”

  7. 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.

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