Le’Veon Bell says he’s not thinking about next year

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On the same day running back Le'Veon Bell said he may sit out 2018 or retire from football altogether if he’s tagged again by the Steelers, Bell has quickly changed his tune.

I’m trying to win a super bowl,” Bell said on Twitter. “I can care less about what happens after this season…my biggest thing I’m focused on is this team I’m on right now, playing for/with my brothers, & bringing back a 7th ring! what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals.”

That’s what he should have said when asked about what may happen if he’s tagged again. It’s better that he said it late than never at all, as it relates to the potential creation of distractions.

Still, Bell’s comments raises a real question about the leverage that a franchise-tagged player has once the postseason rolls around. I’m studying the CBA and talking to people who know more about the rules than I do (it’s a very low bar), and we’ll explain tomorrow or Saturday the significant power that a tagged player may have when the playoffs arrive.

34 responses to “Le’Veon Bell says he’s not thinking about next year

  1. Doesn’t sound like he changed his tune if he CAN care less about what happens after the season…. To change his tune, he would NOT be able to care less.

  2. It’s obvious they aren’t going to be willing to pay him the amount of money he’s going to want. I think he’ll find nobody is willing to give him the kind of money he wants though. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Steelers offer him the first round tender which makes it easier for other teams to sign him and would give the Steelers a first-round pick in return. Or if they don’t think someone would give up a first, they could give him the second round tender. Either way, just by what he said today I’m not sure the Steelers are all that interested in signing him. Between his injuries and his suspension he’s one step away from being out for a long time. I realize he’s good in the passing game but they have a good group of receivers and they can get a RB in the draft this year. I would be surprised if he’s on the Steelers next year.

  3. I stand corrected…the highest draft pick they can receive in return is the roudn in which the player was drafted. Since Bell was drafted in the 2nd round, the Steelers would receive a second round pick.

  4. Good for Bell looking out for his future. The Steelers, and commentor’s from the cheap seats aren’t. Bell isn’t telling you all what you’re worth. Amazes me that fans want to dictate players salaries. That’s known as salary envy.

  5. In a league of what have you done for me lately, the man has a point. So you’re saying if you agreed to a 60k salary for 4 years, and 2 years later your crushing it, you wouldn’t want more? Or feel you’ve earned more? Obviously the money is not comparable, but the situation dictates. Now some will say they offered him more, but if you value your stock and have backed it up, is it enough? 400+ touches is ridiculous, and warrants just that. Just back load the deal with signing bonus and move on.

  6. ucat2bekittenme says:

    January 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    In a league of what have you done for me lately, the man has a point. So you’re saying if you agreed to a 60k salary for 4 years, and 2 years later your crushing it, you wouldn’t want more? Or feel you’ve earned more? Obviously the money is not comparable, but the situation dictates. Now some will say they offered him more, but if you value your stock and have backed it up, is it enough? 400+ touches is ridiculous, and warrants just that. Just back load the deal with signing bonus and move on.

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    He’s under no obligation to sign a deal he doesn’t like. But you pose your question as if the Steelers didn’t make him a reasonable offer. He wanted more guarantted money than they offered. He didn’t sign. They offered him a deal to be the highest paid RB in the league, he just wants more. He wants to be paid as a top RB and WR.

  7. jman967 says:
    January 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm
    ucat2bekittenme says:

    January 11, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    In a league of what have you done for me lately, the man has a point. So you’re saying if you agreed to a 60k salary for 4 years, and 2 years later your crushing it, you wouldn’t want more? Or feel you’ve earned more? Obviously the money is not comparable, but the situation dictates. Now some will say they offered him more, but if you value your stock and have backed it up, is it enough? 400+ touches is ridiculous, and warrants just that. Just back load the deal with signing bonus and move on.

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    He’s under no obligation to sign a deal he doesn’t like. But you pose your question as if the Steelers didn’t make him a reasonable offer. He wanted more guarantted money than they offered. He didn’t sign. They offered him a deal to be the highest paid RB in the league, he just wants more. He wants to be paid as a top RB and WR.

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    But isn’t he? 80 receptions and 300 carries. That’s a #1 rb by carries and close to #1 wr by receptions. From a management standpoint it’s tough to justify. From a player standpoint it’s easy. All I’m saying is he’s not that crazy asking for a value that’s only being duplicated by 1 other. Who got hurt trying to do it in back to back years. (DJ)

  8. Extort this, Bell.

    Sit out the season.

    You can be replaced. No player is that precious, Princess.

  9. Maybe he’s been hit on the crown of his helmet too many times. He’s just another in a long line of self-centered egomaniacs who thinks he’s bigger than the game.

  10. But isn’t he? 80 receptions and 300 carries. That’s a #1 rb by carries and close to #1 wr by receptions. From a management standpoint it’s tough to justify. From a player standpoint it’s easy. All I’m saying is he’s not that crazy asking for a value that’s only being duplicated by 1 other. Who got hurt trying to do it in back to back years. (DJ
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    Where he falls short is that he is failing to acknowledge and quantify the risk he poses. Significant injury and drug suspension history. Productions wise yes, he’s likely “worth” near what he wants but his risk diminishes his worth greatly.

  11. At this point, the only thing that matters is this season, and at least he acknowledged that. These players respond to media questions and say things they end up regretting later. If he wants to sit out the season next year, let him, the Steelers will survive as they always have. He should have signed that contract last year, he would have made more money so far.

  12. RBs should only be allowed to be tagged once as their careers are much shorter then other positions.

  13. Bell is an awesome player and there’s no doubt in my mind that he’ll be ready to play football on Sunday. I hate to hear guys yapping, but I’ll get over it. I’m seeing guys like Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt being drafted in the 3rd round, so I would probably be more inclined to invest a little in my scouting department and find a good RB, than break the bank for Bell. Bell is in one of those fortunate situations where defenses can’t key on him.

  14. Apparently someone got word to Bell (most likely his agent) that the comments he said earlier in the day were extremely stupid and he better clarify them.

    Fastest backpedal I’ve seen since Wille Mays Hayes.

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