Le’Veon Bell has another rap song with not-so-hidden messages

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In connection with the Fourth of July holiday nearly two years ago, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell unveiled his contractual demands with a rap song.

“I’m at the top and if not I’m the closest, I’m a need 15 a year and they know this,” Bell said in the tune called Focus.

As he closes in on that target (a freestyle rap posted last year updated 15 to 17), he has a new song. Called Target, which has debuted just in time for the Memorial Day holiday.

Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has transcribed some of the lyrics, which seem to contain a message for the Steelers: “So they put me on the tag, alright. Definitely not going to trip like I that bad guy. Wonder why they treat me like the bad guyYou say I ain’t the best, but that’s a bad lie. I’m a do what I want just leave me alone. If I don’t do what you want then you want me gone. I’m a say you being real aggressive, the way you switch up on me real impressive.

The Steelers have opted twice to keep Bell from becoming an unrestricted free agent by applying the franchise tag. Bell responded last year by exercising his right to remain away from the team until Labor Day, at which time he showed up and got his full $12.1 million salary. But he has been criticized for not being in football shape, and pressure continues to be applied to get him to show up for offseason and preseason work.

“You think if I sit out, I’ll be sluggish,” Bell says in the new song. “You think they won’t pay me because of drug tests. For a fact, I ain’t never failed one, that’s on me. You so worried about the weed, what about them PEDs?”

The Steelers and Bell have been unable to come to terms on a long-term deal, in part because a contract based on the franchise tag dramatically exceeds the market at the position. If no deal is done by July 16, Bell will be on track to make $14.52 million this season and to hit the market next March, since the Steelers would have to offer him the quarterback franchise tag to keep him around for 2019.

And he’d be hitting the market with $26.7 million in pre-tax salary for 8-9 months of work over a 17-month period.

So even though Bell may feel like a target, his decision to stick to his principles and wait for more has put him ahead of the game, giving him a chance to become the running back equivalent of Kirk Cousins next March.

81 responses to “Le’Veon Bell has another rap song with not-so-hidden messages

  1. Hes diefinately the best in the nfl currently. Teams just have a hard time paying qb money to RBs. He has earned a long term deal, Steelers would lose their identity without him

  2. NFL teams like to say “It’s just a business” and players do this too. But when your stuck with the short end of the stick it feels personal. That’s what these raps reveal.

  3. Bye, bye Lev…. they reportedly offered you 12.5 million a year last year. Way above what the highest paid back was making. Let’s see how your career goes with a below average team. Feel feee to ask former steelers this.

  4. Um, excuse me! Guy just wants to be paid just like, Cousins, Garoppolo, Ryan, and all these other loser QB’S who get their money without even asking for it! Bell is the leader of the Steelers offense (not Roethlisberger)why should he take less than he knows he is worth. If the team didn’t want to pay, cut him loose and let somebody else have a crack at him. They seem to be operating in a contradicting manner!

    NFL is so jacked up! Pay the QB and let the rest fight over the crumbs. Last I checked it’s a team sport and the QB is only as successful as the team around him.

  5. Time to trade him. Get a 3rd and move on. He’s not a team player and we’ll never win with him on the roster. Backs are replaceable.

  6. hopefully hes not banking on rap as his backup career. those lyrics and rhymes are really awful. i cant even bring myself to listen to the song bc chances are that will be even worse somehow. he makes it real easy to root against him thats for sure. he needs to reach out to beast mode for true lessons on being subversive while still being able to garner his teammates affection.

  7. Why do the Steelers not trade or release this guy?? All he does every offseason is whine.

  8. Just SHUT UP and Play! You are not OWED a DAHM thing! No one is. Its 15 Mil for 6 months of PLAYING football!
    I know that it must be hard to make 15 mil work, but try and spread it out bro. Maybe more top ramen and less lobster, maybe a corvette instead of a lambo, maybe a house instead of a mansion. Just ideas bro then you may still have 13 mil left to spread
    out?

  9. When 14.5 million is somehow “treating you badly” you’ve got a problem with perspective.

    A typical decent salary in the US is 50k a year. 14.5 million represents 290 years of work at 50k a year. 290 freaking year. Shut up, be grateful and play. Especially since that’s in addition to all the buckets of money you’ve already made.

    SMH

  10. The Steelers and Rooney are in control and you know this. Sign on the line before you blow this. We all can come up with rhymes leveon, get to OTA’S and work on your game before you wind up on a team with no QB and your numbers fall.

  11. “Time to trade him. Get a 3rd and move on.”
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    If all it takes is a 3rd round pick to get arguably the best running back, and undoubtedly one of the top three in the league… sign me up.

    I would like to have seen the Lions offer that 3rd rounder. Ziggy Ansah is making $17M on the tag this year, and he disappears for 12 games a year. You telling me you wouldn’t have let Ziggy walk, give the 82nd pick to Pittsburgh for LeVeon Bell, signed him to a 3 or 4 year deal, and possibly have an answer at running back for first time in 20 years? With Stafford entering his prime, the OL finally getting fixed, and our WR corps?

    A third rounder for LeVeon Bell wouldn’t happen.

  12. Le’Veon is a RB1 and WR2 all wrapped up in the same body. He does everything for that offense and they know it. He wants to be paid for the services he provides to the offense which is like 65% of the entire thing.

  13. lordliftedme says:

    Last I checked it’s a team sport and the QB is only as successful as the team around him.
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    Really (Major Payne Voice)!!!! Tell that to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Different running back every year.. different crappy defense every year yet.. They Still win. Steelers are a playoff team without Bell. They are a dumpster fire without Ben.

  14. No way the Steelers resign him next year. He’s a great RB but not worth $15M per year. They could get a back in the first round next year to replace him for a fraction of the price. Bell can go to the highest bidder who is dumb enough to give him a HUGE contract. That team will regret it.

  15. murphyslaw40 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 11:55 am
    “Time to trade him. Get a 3rd and move on.”
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    If all it takes is a 3rd round pick to get arguably the best running back, and undoubtedly one of the top three in the league… sign me up.

    I would like to have seen the Lions offer that 3rd rounder. Ziggy Ansah is making $17M on the tag this year, and he disappears for 12 games a year. You telling me you wouldn’t have let Ziggy walk, give the 82nd pick to Pittsburgh for LeVeon Bell, signed him to a 3 or 4 year deal, and possibly have an answer at running back for first time in 20 years? With Stafford entering his prime, the OL finally getting fixed, and our WR corps?

    A third rounder for LeVeon Bell wouldn’t happen.
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    David Johnson is arguably the best most complete elite All-Pro RB/WR in the NFL & all he cost was a 3rd , though Arizona was extremely lucky and fortunate to land him. They wouldnt even trade him for a top 5 pick now a days, it would take multiple 1st to land a guy like Bell or Johnson in a trade.

  16. So, a sampling of his nursery rhyme has me convinced that Dr. Suess was the original rapper.

  17. This is exactly what I do when I feel like I need a raise. I write a rap and post it on social media. I’m putting my message out there and I might also be discovered by a record company, so I’m killing two birds with one stone.

  18. Once I saw he thinks he’s worth 15 million a year I stopped reading. He’s high if he thinks he’s going to get that and IF he does, he’ll be cut after the first year. And if you want a raise you moron, don’t rap about it on social media. Shows you’re still a child

  19. Could you imaging this guy and Little Aaron in the same team together? Between the two of them they would demand 40% of the salary cap!

  20. Although this guy sorta sounds like a clown, I gotta say that I prefer the old school NFL when there were super star running backs on top of the others.

  21. I have no issue with guys playing hardball during contract negotiations. If the Steelers don’t pay him, someone else will, and if getting paid is all he cares about, then that’s his prerogative.

    But those raps…man, do not quit your day job.

  22. Let him go , he is another selfish self entitled athlete we have to read about everyday. How many times he was unable or was the play called to get three yards on third down or inside the five yard line. Maybe he would rather be a rapper or didn’t he apply at Dairy Queen.

  23. Really (Major Payne Voice)!!!! Tell that to Tom Brady and the Patriots. Different running back every year.. different crappy defense every year yet.. They Still win. Steelers are a playoff team without Bell. They are a dumpster fire without Ben.
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    Some people have no clue. The powers that be have manipulated the rules of football to make it a QB’s league. The Patriots take advantage of these rules better than everyone else, utilizing the short-passing game where defenders are helpless not being able to touch WRs/RBs/TEs after five yards. To add insult to injury, the money is structured to where only the QB can make the BIG bucks, as they’re the most likely to play out their respective contracts. I guess the color of the faces of those Heisman Trophy winners and NFL MVPs weren’t white enough, especially since 1970.

  24. Last year as a Steeler. Book it. Then next year someone stupid like Miami or Oakland will over pay for this bum to run behind their shotty line.

  25. He may be worth it, but he ain’t gonna get it. He be rappin, Rooney be slappin the Franchize tag , you got caught nappin. 15 million it ain’t gonna happen…

  26. “If the Steelers don’t pay him, someone else will, and if getting paid is all he cares about, then that’s his prerogative.”

    He’s mentioned 17 million a year before. No one is going to pay him that much and if a team does the GM should be fired.

  27. harrisonhits2 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 1:32 pm
    “If the Steelers don’t pay him, someone else will, and if getting paid is all he cares about, then that’s his prerogative.”

    He’s mentioned 17 million a year before. No one is going to pay him that much and if a team does the GM should be fired.

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    Sure, no disagreement — never said that he’s going to get paid what he’s actually asking for. I’d bet my next paycheck that there’s at least one other team in the NFL other than Pittsburgh that would pay him closer to that value, though. If his goal were to maximize earnings while the window’s open, then he’ll do what he needs to do.

  28. Leveon Bell, expensive. Remembering when Bell tweeted about a Patriots AFCCG rematch just before getting beat by the Jags, priceless.

    Is he worth $15M? Well, since he joined the team in 2013, without him playing the Steelers are 0-2 v Patriots, but with him they are 0-3.

  29. inallsincerity says:
    I guess the color of the faces of those Heisman Trophy winners and NFL MVPs weren’t white enough, especially since 1970.
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    FCOL REALLY! Why .. how have we taken the conversation here. Good grief does everything devolve into a social justice issue?

    If the owner felt that a running back making 25 a year made his team an instant SB favorite I’m betting they would pay the money. I don’t know very many people who believe that to be the case. Which is why even believing you potentially have “the guy” at quarterback is worth so much.

  30. Maybe the Steelers management should make Bell watch his own performance in the AFCCG against the Patriots. The one where he took himself out of the game after getting smacked in the mouth a few times.

  31. if you play the record backwards he raps, “i’ve missed 80% of my teams’ playoff games”

  32. Here’s a not-so-hidden message – no running back is worth 15 million per year.

  33. Bell is the leader of the offense? Jim Brown was the leader of his offense. The last running back who could arguably be called the leader of an NFL offense was Barry Sanders. In 2018, the leader of any NFL offense is the quarterback even if he’s the worst quarterback in the league. And Ben Roethlisberger is hardly the worst quarterback in the league. Is Bell a key component of the offense? Yes. But running backs, like wideouts, just don’t last that long. I remember when we ran the wheels off Willie Parker. Does Bell deserve to be the top paid running back? Yes. But he doesn’t deserve to be paid like a quarterback. And if he doesn’t get his butt into camp and do his job, he doesn’t deserve to be paid at all.

  34. If he gets signed next year, it better be by a team with a great offensive line. The only other line that is comparable to the Steelers is Dallas, and they’re not in the market for a running back.

    Le’Veon is the best back in the game in my opinion, but he is far too patient to be caught behind an offensive line that cannot sustain its blocks to let him find holes. When he came out of college at 244 lbs, he could have bowled some guys over, but now he’s more in the 220 range and runs with more quickness. He would still be good, because he’s shown that he can adapt (as evidenced by his complete change in style in the pros), but he won’t be the best back in the league and won’t get another big contract if he’s not behind a good O-line.

  35. It’s funny how fans climb all over players (the guys who put in all the work and put their careers on the line every game) with trying to make all they can but bow down to owners gouging them for all they can with PSLs, outlandish concession prices, and low salary caps.

  36. Le’Veon Bell has about as much chance of rapping himself into a 15 million a year contract with Pittsburg. As Grand-Master B (Bud Bundy) did rapping his way to getting the hot girl…..

  37. What the H E double hockey sticks did he say? This Steelers fan hopes they let him walk next year, and employ a running back approach similar to the Pat’s. Use the money to shore up other positions.

  38. People are saying that another team would pay the $$$ he is asking. WHO??????? Whether he is worth it or not, no one is going to pay it long term with his injury and “over used” problems. Plus, all the problems of moving to another team. Schools, house, new system, etc. Not a Steeler fan, but he needs to take what he is being offered and be happy with being set for life.

  39. FCOL REALLY! Why .. how have we taken the conversation here. Good grief does everything devolve into a social justice issue?

    If the owner felt that a running back making 25 a year made his team an instant SB favorite I’m betting they would pay the money. I don’t know very many people who believe that to be the case. Which is why even believing you potentially have “the guy” at quarterback is worth so much.
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    I took the convo there because they’ve changed the rules to put the spotlight on, protect, and pay the QB. Meanwhile, they have devalued the RB position. Look at the rule changes and the proof is in the pudding. The Jim Brown’s, O.J.Simpson’s, Marcus Allen’s, Bo Jackson’s, Eric Dickerson’s, Barry Sanders’, Marshall Faulk’s, David Johnson’s, Le’Veon Bell’s, Ezekiel Elliott’s and Saquon Barkley’s of the world were/are dynamic RBs that deserve to be paid accordingly. The Ravens (Dilfer) and Bucs (Johnson) have proven that you don’t have to have a HOF QB to win the Super Bowl.

  40. Running backs can’t make that amount on any kind of long-term deal. Pick one – high salary or a longer deal – and sacrifice the other. That’s life as a RB, deal with it.

    If I’m the Steelers, I let him sit on that tag as long as he likes, develop his successor, and dump him next year. There’s no long-term value in a guy like this.

    And if he thinks it’s unfair – He’s a multi-millionaire and set for life, just for playing a game and not really even helping his team accomplish much. He’s already very far on the plus side of “fair”.

  41. mmmpierogi says:
    May 26, 2018 at 1:02 pm
    I have no issue with guys playing hardball during contract negotiations. If the Steelers don’t pay him, someone else will, and if getting paid is all he cares about, then that’s his prerogative.

    But those raps…man, do not quit your day job.

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    The thing is that ‘someone else’ will be giving up too much cap soace for the position. The people saying to just pay him think a team can just oay asmuch as they have to give, which of course is a lot. But they need to bring in an entire team under the salary cap so they have to think in terms of how much to pay for each given position in order to still be able to afford goid talent at the others. If they dont do that then the team has weaknesses which result in lost games no matter how well that one player performs. Each team does pay readonably the same toral amount for their roster. The teams that has sustained success are the ones that spread that salry out iver all positions not just pile up too much on star players. The Patriots are the best at this (even as their critics erroneously say that they are cheap). The Brown contract not withstanding the Steeleers are overall fairly smart this way too so I do not think Bell is going to get that much cap space. He can still get a nice paycheck but he needs to soften the demand by a few mil. In return he will have a better team supporting him and better chances of earning a ring.

  42. I took the convo there because they’ve changed the rules to put the spotlight on, protect, and pay the QB. Meanwhile, they have devalued the RB position. Look at the rule changes and the proof is in the pudding. The Jim Brown’s, O.J.Simpson’s, Marcus Allen’s, Bo Jackson’s, Eric Dickerson’s, Barry Sanders’, Marshall Faulk’s, David Johnson’s, Le’Veon Bell’s, Ezekiel Elliott’s and Saquon Barkley’s of the world were/are dynamic RBs that deserve to be paid accordingly. The Ravens (Dilfer) and Bucs (Johnson) have proven that you don’t have to have a HOF QB to win the Super Bowl.
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    Is your point that black players can’t be successful QBs? Did Goodell and other owners change the offensive rules because black vs white players?

    It’s a weird argument man. The NFL wanted more offense and whether you like it or not (I don’t for the record) QBs can move the ball more quickly down the field than a RB can and therefore contribute to more points more easily. More points, happier and engaged fans, that’s what they wanted.

    “Be paid accordingly” you state. He is the highest paid RB, and it’s not close, does that count? Where were you when Mike Vick signed his SECOND $100 million dollar contract? Does that count, is he black enough? What did he ever win to ‘deserve’ those contracts? Wait and see what happens with Dak and Deshaun Watson. Etc.

    And we can all agree that Dilfer and Johnson didn’t win those SBs but they weren’t paid like they were supposed to either, the defensive stars made the money. And those are two examples in the last 20 years, my money is on the other 18 QBs

  43. At what point does Trip take responsibility for all the dysfunction happening on this team? If he couldn’t even admit to obviously trying to interfere with a play, I guess he’ll never hold himself accountable for failing to do his job.

  44. neatpete1 says:
    May 26, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    The thing is that ‘someone else’ will be giving up too much cap soace for the position. The people saying to just pay him think a team can just oay asmuch as they have to give, which of course is a lot. But they need to bring in an entire team under the salary cap so they have to think in terms of how much to pay for each given position in order to still be able to afford goid talent at the others.

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    Totally agree. From the teams’ perspective, the pie’s fixed in size. The more you give to Peter, the less there is for Paul.

    But who’s to say Bell cares about that? Why should he be economically or morally indebted to owners who get richer and richer every year, while he sees his relative value decline despite his contributions, due almost solely to his position? If he’s primarily interested in maximizing earnings (at the expense of other things that fans worry about), that’s his business. Easy enough to judge him, but who am I? Besides, there’s bigger stuff in the world to get mad over.

    I hope the Steelers don’t break the bank on him for the reason you mention. But, even if I don’t necessarily agree with him, I can at least put myself in his shoes. If he’s not happy with what the team offers, he can look elsewhere. No ill will.

  45. @robinaz: “definitely best in the NFL”?:. Who would you rather have, a whiny, injury-prone, me-first guy like Bell, or David Johnson, who is every bit the stud on the field that Bell is, but instead of whining or writing rap songs demanding money, posts pictures on Instagram of his workouts, team activities, or nice pictures of family outings? One guy fully appreciates what he has, the other guy thinks it’s never enough.

  46. “Why should he be economically or morally indebted to owners who get richer and richer every year, while he sees his relative value decline despite his contributions, due almost solely to his position?”

    This would be a “strike while the iron is hot” situation, and before a career threatening knee injury derails his starry eyed future.

    If the reported numbers the Steelers were offering him was accurate, they were prepared to make him the highest paid RB in the league, and by a good margin. For him to turn his nose up at that defies reason.

    Free agency has never been particularly kind to RBs, and Bell’s about to learn that for himself.

  47. I understand getting his money while he can, but if they destroy the salary cap structure of that TEAM then they will lack being able to fill other holes. There is not a single RB in the league worth that kind of money.
    If he was smart and spent more time working on his image he could make his money in endorsements like lots of other players.
    But he is too selfish and spends his time taking shots at management by posting rap songs. Grow up man..Grow up!! I say trade him and let some other team deal with the headache that comes to head every single season around this time. The Steeler way is not to fold to these demands no matter who you are.

  48. Mike you are acting just like the rest of the corrupt media. AB did not say anything to harm anyone. When he wanted a new deal he showed up. Bell will have to sign it sooner or later. When he signs its guaranteed $ even if he gets hurt in OTA’s. ITs like the Big Ben comments about Rudolph. He was picking up his kids while in his car doing a radio interview meanwhile laughing the whole interview and the CORRUPT media puts it out there like he was being Malicious. Ive always like what u do Mike so don’t become one of them. Corrupt Media.

  49. I’m a say the same guy saying the same thing ain’t really news. So long, Le’Yawn.

  50. whoever said he wouldnt go for a 3rd round pick, remember, if you trade for him hes either a 1 yr rental or you gotta pony up huge money to keep him around,just as hes peaking out

  51. All he’s doing is making the Rooney’s and the Steelers organization feel better about life without him. And next offseason, he isn’t getting anywhere near the $45 mil guaranteed or whatever he turned down last year before crying about how disrespected he is.

    They paid him what, 12 or 13 mil for one season last year? And the Steelers had the 20th ranked run game in the league, with no cap to improve their defense which got shredded for 45 pts by a Blake Bortles led attack. Meanwhile, the Eagles with no RB cap hit over $900K had the 3rd ranked run game and a solid well rounded team that won a Super Bowl with a backup QB. Hmmm, almost as if a TEAM CONCEPT supersedes a bunch of self important individual stars who want to boast their own stats……what a novel idea that is.

    He wants to be paid QB money but can’t even break a 20 yard run because he’s constantly dancing and side stepping at the line of scrimmage thinking it makes him more “artistic” while running. He’s so obsessed with his style that he’s forgotten how to just hit the hole when he has to.

    This guy has become a joke. Yeah he catches more passes than the average RB, and the salary he already turned down reflected that and then some. Go Away MeVeon, and take your cornball attempts at rapping with you.

  52. I can’t recall what movie it was who said there used to be literate black men (Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, etc…) but rap has turned them into mumbling idiots.

    Don’t even get me started in the laziness if using the dare I say verb “Ima”.

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