Le’Veon Bell unveils contract demands in unique way

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Le’Veon Bell’s knee must be fine.

That’s the only explanation for Bell’s decision to address his contractual expectations, which he previously said he wouldn’t address until “my knee’s good.”

But Bell didn’t make his requirements known in an interview or a blog post or negotiations with the team or a leak to the media or any of the other traditional avenues for making his demands known. Instead, Bell slipped his minimum into the lyrics of a rap song.

Bell debuted on Twitter a tune called Focus. The folks at FOXSports.com heard this telling line in it: “I’m at the top and if not I’m the closest, I’ma need 15 a year and they know this.”

He may need “15 a year,” but it won’t be easy for Bell to get it. He’s currently eligible for a new contract, and his rookie deal expires after the coming season. Absent a long-term deal, he’ll hit the open market or receive the franchise tag in Pittsburgh before March 2017.

For running backs, the tag carried a value of $11.789 million in 2016. Bell could perhaps parlay that into a long-term deal with enough back-end fluff to push the overall value to $15 million per year, but the front end wouldn’t reach that level.

Whatever level Bell reaches, he’ll need to be healthy and perform like he did in 2014 (when he rushed for 1,361 yards and added 854 receiving) in order to get the most money from the Steelers or someone else.

68 responses to “Le’Veon Bell unveils contract demands in unique way

  1. They should post a pic of him on the team site and when you click on it a song plays “They’re coming to take me away, ha ha, to the funny farm, where life is beautiful all the time…”

  2. Why would you pay a RB $15m a year when UDFA’s can run for 100 yards a game if the O line blocks for them?

    Absolutely stupid money for the most fungible position in football and the one where its easiest to get pro-bowl level performance from 6th and 7 rounders.

  3. No way The Steelers pay this guy 15 a year, they wouldn’t pay Walter Payton 15 a year. He needs to talk to Antonio Brown about how the Steelers negotiate a contract. If not he might as well start searching for a nice place to live in the DC area.

  4. Its a shame hes made these kinds of comments but it is only a rap song and rap is a fantasy world people live in… but if he has to walk i have trust in the steelers front office to replace him!

  5. He must be getting high again. The Steelers will not give him even 1/2 of that per year.

  6. “I’ma need 15 a year..”

    I’ma? Is he referring to himself and his mother?

  7. Get some guaranteed cash then it’s on to the kronic…pay the man ‘Burgh!

  8. Guys like this and two yard tammy and odell beckham are worshipped. We wonder why the country is goin downhill

  9. As long as they sit him, when they play the Bengals, he should stay healthy.

  10. He needs to prove he’s the second coming of Adrian Peterson and Barry Sanders if he wants that. RB’s worth top dollar are rare. It’s too easy to get RB’s who can perform while making $1m or less.

  11. When Hassan Whiteside, Bismack Biyombo, Ryan Anderson, Matt Villanovadeladova, and old Luol Deng get a quarter billion, I can understand why. Go thank your weak union.

  12. I figured it would have been smoke signals, or some of those fancy “Lord of the Rings” smoke rings.

  13. The Steelers are actually in a decent cap position for once, and it’s mostly due to the cap going up around $10 million a year recently. If the cap keeps growing like that, I think they’ll be fine. Even all these big qb deals won’t mean much at all in the long term, because by the 4th year of a contract the cap will have gone up by $30 million.

    That said, I think a lot of football players see what the baseball and basketball players get and get delusions of grandeur for themselves. The problem is the math. Basketball players play 82 games and split that money only 15 ways. They generate more money for less people, it’s as simple as that. Plus the running back position has become devalued to some extent always.

    I don’t think he’ll get it, but I understand why he’d try though. Football is a more popular game, and it’s also a much more dangerous game – but it’s a game that’s going to pay much less. I just hope he stays healthy!

    Go Steelers!

  14. His receiving/running combination isn’t fungible the way average RBs are.
    He gives the offense more options and more ways to exploit and dictate to defenses then any other current RB.

    15 for a running back isn’t happening though.
    the steelers will still have an explosive offense without him and when you overpay you can afford less depth, and you usually end up needing a lot of depth in the NFL

  15. He needs 15 a year. He has a family to feed, right? I’m farly sure his musical career is not taking off and two years after he retires from football he’ll be broke and want a bunch of sympathy.

  16. Better odds of a huge asteroid hitting the Earth than him getting $15 Million out of the Steelers for a RB, especially being fat & perpetually injured.

  17. 15 a year huh? That comes out to about an ounce and a quarter a month. Sounds fair. The question is, does he want Miami Whammy, Purple Haze or Acapulco Gold?

  18. 15 a year for a rb with multiple injuries and a drug suspension in the past two years. Yeah.

  19. He’s a top 3 RB when healthy but all the money needs to go to AB whose going to have a longer productive career.

    Running Backs of this era have a shelf life of 5-6 years as a top player at best unless they are a freak like ADP.

  20. bordner says:
    Jul 4, 2016 1:40 PM
    This dude actually went to college?

    No, he went to Michigan State.

  21. I’m old school i liken back to the day that a 178 lb tony dorsett played year after year and didn’t miss games. Same for campbell, dickerson, simpson, hubbard etc. man how the nfl has gotten worse

  22. Peterson is the best RB on the planet and he is over paid for the position. Good luck wirj tjat

  23. Good Lord. Dude needs to focus on not sounding so tone deaf, both musically and professionally. That’s so bad it makes your ears bleed. Bell. Get a grip. It goes away in a blink of an eye. Grow up!

  24. Uh yeah, he just guaranteed himself getting less than 15 a year. Maybe a lot less.

  25. I’m a Steeler fan. I think that Bell might be the best RB in the NFL, certainly he’s in the top few. I think that talentwise he could become the best Steeler RB of all time.

    And there is no way in the world I want the Steelers to pay him $15 million a year.

  26. I don’t want to take anything away from Bell and Brown but they are kind of overrated, how about give some credit to the guy behind o all, Todd Healy,

  27. It’s over ….right now. He must be delusional. Bell must think he plays
    in the NBA or MLB.
    I do respect his talent. He has achieved a very high level of success.
    Unfortunately he plays the wrong position in the wrong sport for the
    wrong team.

  28. Steelers fan here…

    Hey, I don’t blame him for trying to get a huge contract…but…with knee/knees that are held together by rubber bands, his demands may well fall on deaf ears. He is a great player, but no way would I over pay for him at this point.

  29. What Le’Veon Bell doesn’t seem to get is, he’s already smack dab in the middle of his career

  30. ariani1985 says:
    Jul 4, 2016 12:14 PM
    well, at least you didn’t draft McCheesburger lacey!

    I see ariani1985 is STILL freaky out about the Packers.

  31. Really?? LOL. 15 mil? You are missing your calling as a comedian.

  32. Dude is a stud, but you don’t pay a RB 15 million a yr unless he is the only good player on your team like Peterson…..they will sign him to a big contract without the guarantees to keep him happy for a couple of yrs but it won’t be for 15 a yr…

  33. Hahahahaha, I love it. Bengals players take fair, team friendly deals while “old school, hard knocks” Steelers ate rapping about making $15 mil on a cash strapped team. Goo get your $15m Bell and tell AB he’s due for a raise too.

  34. @myworldurjuslivinit says:
    Jul 4, 2016 12:31 PM

    Philly will pay it…
    Nope…the dope that did that is in San Francisco, so maybe the 49ers do it…or Dallas.

  35. Learn how to strike for once you wussies and you’ll see that nba money. Sure there are more players but the revenue dwarfs nba revenue.

  36. Dang I hope the Steelers are foolish enough to meet his demands…..

    Or maybe he and Von Miller can go to another team together. Miami may be foolish enough to pay them….

  37. 15 a year for an injury-prone RB in the current-day NFL=Yeah, good luck with that! Apparently, Bell has been spending too much time with Martavis Bryant.

  38. Who are we to argue with the best RB on the planet. Heck, if a mediocre QB can get $20M/yr and then an extension on top of that, $15M for Bell’s skills seems like a bargain.

  39. Hey, it’s a rap song, not an ultimatum – chill out.
    It’s the offseason, let the guy have some fun.

    They’ll work out something that works for
    both sides when it’s time. For now, enjoy
    Le’Veon drop his licks on you. It’s all good.

  40. jonwill57 says:
    Jul 5, 2016 10:30 AM

    @myworldurjuslivinit says:
    Jul 4, 2016 12:31 PM

    Philly will pay it…
    Nope…the dope that did that is in San Francisco, so maybe the 49ers do it…or Dallas.

    Dallas doesn’t need him. Not one aspect of Bell’s game is better than Ezekiel Elliot. Not one.

  41. I’ma laugh when he doesn’t get 15…cuz we all know this. Maybe he’ll wake up and look around and see how ridiculous he’s being.

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