Le’Veon Bell once again takes center stage

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In fewer than seven hours, Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will, or won’t, have a long-term deal. If he doesn’t, he can’t have one until the regular season ends, at the earliest.

Peter King, in his Football Morning in America debut, writes that Bell “continues to be confident” that a deal will get done. Ultimately, that hinges on whether the Steelers will give Bell what he wants, or whether Bell will accept the most the Steelers are willing to pay.

As explained on Saturday, it’s not easy to value a long-term deal, given that the $14.5 million Bell is owed for 2018 morphs into an unknown for 2019. Ultimately, what will Bell take in exchange for $14.5 million plus a shot at the open market? And what will the Steelers pay beyond $14.5 million for 2018 to keep him in 2019, and beyond?

The Steelers, who very much like to create their own rules and deadlines (CBA be damned), tried to squeeze Bell into accepting a long-term deal before the deadline arrived for applying the franchise tag. Bell wisely resisted the artificial deadline.

Now on the doorstep of the real deadline, what will happen? By 4:00 p.m. ET today we’ll know.

And if a long-term deal doesn’t happen, things could get unpredictable (and interesting) after that.

28 responses to “Le’Veon Bell once again takes center stage

  1. I think most people realize there will be no long term deal this season. There’s nothing at all unpredictable about any of it.

  2. TB12#BLITZFOR6
    Jul 16, 2018, 9:07 AM EDT

    Bells good obviously but I wouldn’t pay him that money he wants either…Steelers should trade him for 2 first rounder’s to the NFC!!!
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    LOL k

  3. We lived with the Steelers before Bell, and can continue to do so after, be it this year or next.

  4. Should have dealt him off quietly last year around draft time. Dumbest thing ever for any team to draft an RB high and then not deal the RB off the year before they’re coming due. No more than 4 seasons for a 1st RD pick star RB.

    Holding onto that RB means you’re dumber than a bag of rocks as a GM. The Steelers aren’t known for IQ. That, we know, and here is another example of it.

  5. He should just sign it and hit the market in 2019. Over 26 million for 2017 and 2018 is good $$ for a RB, probably more than he’ll see in FA. Sign it and get your long term contract in the spring.

  6. TB12#BLITZFOR6 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:07 am
    Bells good obviously but I wouldn’t pay him that money he wants either…Steelers should trade him for 2 first rounder’s to the NFC!!!

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    If Colbert was smart, a high end rd pick would have been the ticket. Some of these GMS don’t get it.

  7. I’m still not opposed to the Lions making a move for LeVeon Bell.

    Dollars to donuts, I’ll take Bell’s production at a much needed position versus Ziggy Ansah at a similar tag salary.

    Traditionally, the Lions have always made decent DL guys from scraps, but we haven’t had a 1,000 yard rusher since Reggie Bush had 1,006 in 2013, and Kevin Jones had 1,133 in 2004. With Stafford and a decent group of WRs, I think Bell is much more beneficial than Ansah.

  8. waynefontesismyfather says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:44 am
    $14.5 million Bell is owed for 2018 morphs into an unknown for 2019.

    2019 salary = 4.25 million and that is being generous. No non-QB is worth the money he’s looking for.
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    So your “generous” offer to Bell would be $4.25 million? Safe to say its no surprise that you’re not a GM.

  9. “Ultimately, that hinges on whether the Steelers will give Bell what he wants, or whether Bell will accept the most the Steelers are willing to pay.”

    Ultimately isn’t that what all player negotiations hinge on?

  10. Why_Allow_Comments_If_Most_Get_Censored??? says:
    July 16, 2018 at 10:48 am
    Trade him for two first round picks? Lmfao. I bet the Steelers would love that. I can’t imagine anyone giving up 1 first round pick, let alone 2. The fans always always always over value their players

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    Their dopey fans do the same thing and then they wonder why their D is mediocre all the time,

    When you have an owner, a GM and coach like this all tied at the hip, patting each other on the back every year, by being good, but not great, this is what happens.

    I said it last year; trade Bell for a high 2nd rder like BB did with Chandler Jones. A high 2nd rd pick is a gold mine pick because you can get 1st rd talent at 2nd rd rookie cap pricing.

    That’s the whole point and why Colbert’s embarrassing “Feb 20th” deadline was so hilarious. He has ZERO leverage on Bell.

    The Jets do stuff like this all the time to themselves. It’s hilarious.

    Why people don’t want to mirror how the Pats would do something to maintain cap health, means you don’t trust the process and your coach to be good enough to coach up others.

    There may not be another talented Bell option at the high 2nd rd level in the draft, but show me a team that wins a SB with a bellcow back at 15 mil per? It doesn’rt exist.

  11. @TyLawsPick6

    Ummm, let’s say you are right. The Steelers over all these decades aren’t known for their “IQ” as you put it. Well, if posting 5 straight decades of a winning record(which mean we’ve been in the hunt for Super Bowls since the Merger).
    These are facts you can’t fight, look it up, prove me wrong 🙂

    Now, imagine if the Steelers start improving that low “IQ” you speak about. That’s a scary thought.

    You’ve been in the hunt for the Super Bowls virtually every year since 2001, that’s now even a full two decades bro. We’ve been doing it for 5 now 🙂

    Catch up little bro 🙂

  12. billshatnerstoupee says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:13 am
    The usual trolls are on their way.
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    If it’s true you reap as you sow then they should be here in droves.

    Bell is a special talent. Unlike what we’ve seen at the QB position he really should be the one setting the top of the RB market which makes this negotiation particularly interesting since overall RB is not the priority position it once was. The folks comparing him to other RB’s in general need to look a bit closer before they post, outside of David Johnson and maybe Gurley there’s not another RB that even belongs in the conversation with Bell.

  13. “Well, if posting 5 straight decades of a winning record(which mean we’ve been in the hunt for Super Bowls since the Merger). These are facts you can’t fight, look it up, prove me wrong”
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    Well, arguing pre/post salary cap eras is somewhat silly – ask any knowledgeable source about the difference and everyone will say that it’s much harder to maintain excellence in the salary cap era than before. Sorry, but those are the facts.

  14. grumpysal says:
    July 16, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    “Well, if posting 5 straight decades of a winning record(which mean we’ve been in the hunt for Super Bowls since the Merger). These are facts you can’t fight, look it up, prove me wrong”
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    Well, arguing pre/post salary cap eras is somewhat silly – ask any knowledgeable source about the difference and everyone will say that it’s much harder to maintain excellence in the salary cap era than before. Sorry, but those are the facts.

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    Those 5 decades I talk about have extended into the salary cap era, so yes those are the facts. The Steelers have done a very good job maintain a competitive team in the salary cap era, appearing in multiple Super Bowls 🙂

  15. And we stayed competitive between a 21 year stretch between two HOF QB….. stayed competitive with the likes of Neil O’Donnel and Kordell Stewart as starters haha this organization isn’t going anywhere fellas 🙂

  16. Pay the man.

    He’s earned the long term deal, and I don’t blame him one bit. He’ll get a decent pay day this year, and then hit the open market next year.

  17. The Steelers should tell his agent to disconnect his phone after he tells Bell they are no longer interested in his services. Buh Bye, he’s just not worth it.

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