Le’Veon Bell doesn’t want to talk contract until he’s sure knee is fine

Getty Images

In January, Steelers president Art Rooney II said that running back Le’Veon Bell is a player that the team would like to hold onto for the long term but that he wasn’t sure if an extension this offseason fit into the “jigsaw puzzle” of roster and salary cap management.

There hasn’t been room in that puzzle thus far and it doesn’t look like any will open up before Bell’s deal gets a little closer to expiring. That will be after the 2016 season and the running back said Thursday that he wants to make sure he’s physically sound after last year’s knee injury before getting too deep into talks on an extension.

“I just want to make sure my knee’s good,” Bell said, via ESPN.com. “Make sure everything’s straight before all that comes about.”

A return to health and form should only do good things for Bell’s eventual compensation in a new deal with the Steelers and certainly won’t do anything to lessen the Steelers’ desire to keep him in Pittsburgh, two things that make it hard to find much fault with Bell’s approach to his contractual future.

18 responses to “Le’Veon Bell doesn’t want to talk contract until he’s sure knee is fine

  1. oh, I’m sure it’s fine – until he plays the Bengals again.

    I’m sure every time he thinks about playing us now his testes recede.

  2. I’m sure it’s fine – until he plays the Bengals again.

    I’m sure every time he thinks about playing us now his testes recede.

    7 5 It is that similar to what your brain does when you see a Steeler thread. LeVeon is not worried at all about the January Chokers.

  3. Aw man. First he doped up and now hes out for the season again? I can’t believe it. We got burned again. Is the Bus still playing? Man alive we will never get to 6 rings at this rate.

  4. Prediction: Burfict will come back from suspension only to face, shall we say, repercussions in the form of a concussion. Which will require him to get a second lobotomy.

  5. This Burfict stuff is pretty silly. Did anyone see the play? He tackled Bell and landed on his knee. Oooh, so scary. There was no big hit, and none of the dirty stuff for which Burfict is famous. Calm down, everyone. The Bengals still haven’t won a playoff game in a quarter century, and not even injuring all of those Steelers could help.

  6. Yea,everybody is scared of the mighty bengals,I wonder if Gio is scared to play the steelers,do you see how stupid this all sounds?For once play the damn games on the field and not a keyboard.

  7. The Steelers players may be in denial but look which team is being talked about all the time on this board by Steelers fans. Yeah, I’d say Bengals are their biggest rival.

  8. The team that wears the orange and black will never compare to the team that wears the black and gold. Their attempts will continue to be futile.

  9. The Steelers players may be in denial but look which team is being talked about all the time on this board by Steelers fans. Yeah, I’d say Bengals are their biggest rival.

    I think you have no clue what you are saying. If your team had players intentionally injured you would look at the team doing it with disgust……to say Steeler fans are looking at the Bungals as the biggest rival means you are clueless.

  10. I’m a Steelers fan and would love to see a healthy Bell for the next five years in the backfield. But based on his injury history, and the risk to that position, hard to judge a long-term deal. I won’t fault the Steelers if they let him play out his rookie deal, and try to keep him two more years on consecutive franchise tags.

  11. He’s got his priorities perfectly in line with what they should be. There are plenty of players around the league who put their wallets before everything else, but Bell and Antonio Brown give great examples why those players don’t play for Pittsburgh. Take care of the on the field business and the off the field business will take care of itself.

    Go Steelers!

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.