Le’Veon Bell wants to finish his career with the Steelers

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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell isn’t willing to accept the team’s offer on a long-term deal. But he has accepted this truth: Bell hopes to spend his entire career in the city he now calls home.

“Pittsburgh,” Bell said via Twitter on Monday night, “the city that took in a 21-year old kid from small-town Ohio, the city I battled thru adversity in, the city that I became a man in. I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt!”

Some would say that, if Bell feels this way, he should accept the best long-term offer that the team has made. But the Steelers surely aren’t offering a lifetime contract for Bell. Indeed, the Steelers typically offer no fully-guaranteed payments beyond the first year of a long-term contract. Although a large signing bonus could make it difficult to dump Bell after only one year, the non-guaranteed back end of a multi-year contract gives Bell no real security.

If Bell loses a step or misses too many games due to injury, the Steelers will make a business decision reflecting the best interests of the franchise. So why shouldn’t he make a business decision reflecting his own best interests now?

There’s a big difference between Bell wanting to be in Pittsburgh and not wanting to do a deal that doesn’t properly compensate him, especially since he currently can make $14.5 million for 2018 and then undoubtedly become a free agent in 2019, since Bell will be eligible for the quarterback franchise tender in 2019, and the Steelers surely won’t pay him more than $24 million for another year after the current one.

18 responses to “Le’Veon Bell wants to finish his career with the Steelers

  1. Now he wants to play nice. I get the feeling that if he didn’t have 2 suspensions already Pittsburgh would have gave him a long term deal last year. Getting paid like he wants with the baggage associated with him is not going to happen.

  2. Running backs tend to have some of the shortest careers in the sport. For the amount of punishment they absorb, they should want to get paid as much as they can. Most of these guys don’t reach third contracts. Plus Bell is one of the most impactful backs in the game, and the fact that he’s such a weapon in the passing attack means that he isn’t nullified when they’re behind. It’s just smart business for him to want to maximize his earning potential– he knows his prime isn’t going to last forever, and that they’ll dump him as soon as he’s past it. I know he can also be kind of a knucklehead at times, but Pitt fans don’t have any reason to be sour towards the guy on this one.

  3. That is unlikely. If he signs a long term contract, he would likely be cut as soon as his production falls, similar to how Minnesota got rid of Adrian Peterson.

  4. Le’Veon, the true essence of a Bell cow running back should sign the tender and pocket the dough.

  5. First, I hate it when reporters stick their noses where they don’t belong, BUT I would really like to know the inner workings of this contract. So many components involved. Best RB in the league, but you have to consider the costs against the entire team. If Bell really does want to stay and doesn’t want to disturb what his family is used to, it seems like they could come to an agreement. Not a Steeler fan, but seems that he should not be greedy and try for that last dollar, with all things considered.

  6. “I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt..

    ..if they pay me the most.”

  7. Le’Veon sounds a bit torn and confused. That’s what happens when
    you skip your labor economics and finance classes, to go work out.

    Good thing he is getting free advice in this article from our resident
    lawyer, to set him straight. Don’t sign anything until they offer you
    what you value yourself at, and hold out until they guarantee the entirety of
    the contract.

    That will show the Steelers you are serious, and will surely bring them
    to their knees. This is the winning strategy that will allow Bell to finish
    his career in the city, he professes to love. Alrighty then.

  8. I see him following the Ricky Williams career path. After his debut album flops and the green runs out, he’ll be back in the league.

  9. Three of the Steelers O-line were Pro Bowlers and he still was way down the list at 3/9 yds per carry. He had a lot of receptions but that was from a Pro Bowl and HOFer QB.

    Go somewhere else and that hesitation move may land him behind the line of scrimmage.

  10. Moudabo says:
    March 6, 2018 at 5:09 am

    Good thing he is getting free advice in this article from our resident
    lawyer, to set him straight. Don’t sign anything until they offer you
    what you value yourself at, and hold out until they guarantee the entirety of
    the contract.


    If he were to to hold out until he “gets what he wants,” he’ll wind up sitting all of 2018 and forfeit that $14.5 mil he’s otherwise owed. How is that financially sound?

    Totally support the guy standing by what he believes he’s worth — he’s one of the best at his position, and has a relatively brief earning window in the NFL. If he wants to stand firm on what he wants, though, sounds like the writing’s on the wall. He’ll get tagged again, eventually shows up and plays, Steelers get one more year from him, and then he walks after ’18. Some other team will pay him what he wants, or closer to it.

    Steelers tend to offer contracts they think are fair, and then stick to those numbers. Not every negotiation winds up in a dealing being made. That’s life — both sides are looking out for their own interests.

  11. Let me translate this for you … Le’Veon Bell wants the Steelers to pay him enough money so it’s not worth it to him to leave. There … fixed it. Oh, and it’s not about money … it’s about respect … bazinga.

  12. This player is a trip, he talks out of both sides of his mouth and the Steelers should move on. He tweets this crap and in next breath he is going to quit if he does not get his absorbent request for money. Looks as if the Steelers have been more that fair in their offer, yet he sits on his back side, let him sit on his backside all next year and he will see what is true worth is. These type players is the very reason the seats in NFL stadiums are becoming more and more empty.

  13. He also makes mention that he can’t be compared to D. Freeman and his salary because he does so much more than Freeman. Well lets put into prospective that Freeman splits carries/time with T. Coleman. So if we combine the numbers of Coleman and Freeman from last year we get:

    Carries: 352 Rush Yards: 1493 Rush TD: 12 Longest Run: 52
    Receptions: 63 (86 Targets) Receiving Yards: 616 Rec TD: 4

    Carries: 321 Rush Yards: 1291 Rush TD: 9 Longest Run: 27
    Receptions: 85 (106 Targets) Receiving Yards: 655 Rec TD: 2

    Looks like Freeman and Coleman were more productive than Bell on 20 less targets and only had 30 more carries but 200 more yards rushing and had 5 more TD’s with a far less superior OL.

    If I’m the Steelers, I non-exclusive tag him let someone else set the market, draft a RB early, pull the franchise tag, let him negotiate and take the 3rd round comp pick next year, better yet trade him when the Jets or 49ers come calling with their truck of money.

    The 49ers or Jets can afford to pay him a lot up front which is obviously what he wants, $$$. So Jets use this as a negotiating ploy with Kirk Cousins, sign Bell, give up the 1st round pick and then sign Cousins.

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