Report: Steelers offered Le’Veon Bell a five-year, $70 million deal

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It’s a tradition unlike any other.

First, the deadline passes for doing a long-term deal between the Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell. Next, the Steelers leak the value of the deal on which Bell passed. Along the way, the Steelers conceal the kind of details that would permit the deal to be properly evaluated.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Steelers offered Bell a five-year, $70 million deal. The contract reportedly would have paid out “more than $30 million over two years.”

That doesn’t reveal nearly enough. What was the signing bonus? How much was fully guaranteed at signing? How were the final three years structured? The $14 million annual average means nothing without knowing the payout in year one and the average value through two, three, and four years.

Remember, Bell already has $14.5 million on the table for 2018. The Steelers offered another $55.5 million in exchange for four more years, with no details whatsoever on how that would be paid, other than Bell getting “more than $30 million over two years.”

If the goal is to make Bell look greedy and unreasonable in the eyes of fans who believe he’d actually get $70 million, mission accomplished. But as it relates to any realistic effort to understand what was actually put on the table, it’s not nearly enough.

121 responses to “Report: Steelers offered Le’Veon Bell a five-year, $70 million deal

  1. Shed a tear for Le’Veon Bell tonight. They were going to make him the league’s highest paid RB by a large margin.

    Batman just can’t catch a break.

  2. Pay the man. Oh wait. Too late for that now. Pennywise pound foolish GM didn’t get the job done.

  3. “If the goal is to make Bell look greedy and unreasonable in the eyes of fans who believe he’d actually get $70 million, mission accomplished. But as it relates to any realistic effort to understand what was actually put on the table, it’s not nearly enough.”
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    There is absolutely nothing to stop LeVeon Bell from reporting what his counter offer was. Facts are facts. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they’re not valid.

  4. Bush league maneuver by the team leaking just the big numbers and not the details. Just playing some PR defense by trying to paint Bell as a greedy player. I am sure there is a figure that they want him back at but he knows that he can get more on the open market. That’s all that it is.

  5. I just looked at his stats and it isn’t like the dude has Barry Sanders #’s… should of signed it.

  6. Bell did the Steelers a favor by not accepting such an offer. You don’t throw your cap off skew for a running back.

  7. We didn’t need to see this to already know Bell is a greedy egomaniac. Just listen to his rap “music” lyrics and its quality(which he actually thinks is good). Great player but good riddance. Perfect scenario would be he has a great season, Pit wins the bowl, and off to the Jets he goes.

  8. A rude awakening is in store for LBell in FA next season when he does NOT have the leverage of the franchise $ amount. If still healthy and clean (and I don’t mean showered) at the time, he’ll get next year what he deserves, something around $10 million per year.

    Stoopid is as stoopid does.

  9. I believe that Bell should have accepted the deal. Looking
    at the numbers I would believe that approximately 30 million
    would be guaranteed. In addition one should consider the
    money Bell received this year. Add that to guaranteed money
    30 million and you have one of the best contacts a running
    back has ever received.
    I am not criticizing Bell, but I am being pragmatic in a situation where
    the players have little or no leverage. Unlike baseball and basketball
    players, NFL players do not have the bargaining leverage that baseball
    and basketball players do. Therefore Bell should take this deal.
    Ask Demarco Murray what he thinks. He was lucky and I can tell you
    he thanks God every day on accepting the Eagles deal.
    As little as a year later, Philly was begging to get out from under that
    horrible deal.

  10. While I’m not a fan of Bell, I don’t think the 5 year / 70 mil is really that good of an offer unless 40 – 45 is guaranteed. Think about it — this year he get’s 14.5 guaranteed. Then, he get’s franchised for another year with 14.5 guaranteed, or he sign with another with at least that guaranteed (probably). So, we’re starting with about 30 million guaranteed — that’s the floor, not the ceiling.

    Obviously, injuries could derail that plan, and he may be left out in the cold. But, so far, he’s done very well betting on himself.

  11. If none of it’s guaranteed past the first year, the contract is worthless.

    All that type of contract does is bind the player to the team, and no security for the player.

  12. I’m surprised the Steelers offered that much. Save that cap money & invest in a few quality defensive players next year.

  13. The next thing that will happen is he will be firing his agent next year when NOBODY comes close to 14 million a season! And oh yea by the way he’s never getting FRANCHISED again so this will be the last time he see’s those kinda numbers. He did himself a big disservice because now he really has to ball out to hope that somebody on some planet is willing to pay him over 14 million a season long term. He really helped the STEELERS in more ways then one!!!

  14. “Bush league maneuver by the team leaking just the big numbers and not the details”

    It is bush league given the message Bell posted which was respectful to all parties and the fans. Not very smart of them as other players will remember this tactic.

  15. Steelers should wait until that last week of preseason then pull the tag.
    Use the cap space to extend some of there other stars.
    Let Bell see if he can do better.

  16. Don’t be so naive Terrible Towel Gang.
    He’ll get ALL the $ NEXT YEAR from a
    DIFFERENT team. Then those towels
    will be used and abused.

  17. So what?

    He’ll defect to Belichick’s team as soon as he can.

    Words speak louder than … well, words.

    When someone tells you what sort of person they are, believe them.

  18. Ben is retiring in a year or two, why should Le’Veon not wait and see how things look in 2019. Ben’s contract has guarantees that run out after this year. No equitable reason to sign anything long term right now.

  19. Bell, come on up to the Rocky Mountains. It’s beautiful up here and we’re building something special. You could be a catalyst for a franchise that can get you those c’ship rings you’re craving.

  20. Bell looks terrible for not agreeing to the Steelers’ terms.
    Hey Florio and De Smith….who looks GREEDY now?
    Bell, that’s who!

  21. All that money for a guys who is pretty much always injured. Steelers are lucky he didn’t sign. They will be in cap hell while Bell watches the games from the cold tub.

  22. Maybe hes tired of losing to New England and figured it would happen again this year — so he decided to save them money and just franchise. Whatta nice guy

  23. Poor Bell he’ll never see that money again. Steelers should pull the offer off the table and rescind the tag. No running back is worth that money unless you’re Jim Brown!

  24. But as it relates to any realistic effort to understand what was actually put on the table, it’s not nearly enough.
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    Except if Bell had come to a deal, he wouldn’t release the specifics. His agent would trumpet the big money number and no details.

  25. Steeler fan here and I can tell you – I can’t wait until Bell leaves. I’d rather have a RB by committee approach than mortgage the rest of the team for this man’s greed. If you pay a RB1 anywhere near QB money, you have already lost the battle for the season because you simply cannot fill the rest of the holes that creates across the rest of the roster.

    I wouldn’t even let this guy play this year in Steelers’ colors. Nope. Wait until he signs that franchise tag, and then if possible find some sucker team to give up the 2 1st rounders it would take to get a franchised player off the team. Bye bye Bell – you are one hell of a physical talent, but much like TO the physical gifts are welded to a two cent head/ego. Ah well…

  26. His agent shot the first one over the bow when he said “they were more interested in paying the position and not the player”. They’ve made 2 offers in 2 successive years that would have significantly reset the RB market. Bell didn’t want them. With Bell’s money and unfortunately Shaziers money being up this year, that’s almost 23 million the Steelers will have available going into 2019. Plus a comp pick for Bell. I love Bell as a back, but that is crazy money. Hope he balls out in 2018 and Tomlin runs them wheels off.

  27. “””dcviking says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    While I’m not a fan of Bell, I don’t think the 5 year / 70 mil is really that good of an offer unless 40 – 45 is guaranteed. Think about it — this year he get’s 14.5 guaranteed. Then, he get’s franchised for another year with 14.5 guaranteed, or he sign with another with at least that guaranteed (probably). So, we’re starting with about 30 million guaranteed — that’s the floor, not the ceiling.

    Obviously, injuries could derail that plan, and he may be left out in the cold. But, so far, he’s done very well betting on himself.””””
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    Get the facts straight, next year his franchise cost will be $25m (it goes up each time you are franchised). Now way Steelers will pay that, so right now he is only looking at $14m for this year, even if he gets hurt.
    I think getting over $30m guaranteed is a great deal, especially at his age and with the risks his body takes.
    Now I would love to see the Steelers withdraw their offer 2 days before the season starts (a day before he probably reports). How many teams would then give him the $14m to play this year?

  28. If and it’s a huge if this is true then Bell can pound sand imo. Greed and selfishness is all it is. I hate the Steelers with every ounce of my being but once again if this is true the Steelers have done all they can and should just cut bait.

  29. In the words of Christopher Walken, “That…is as good as its gonna get. And it won’t ever get that good again.”

  30. So he’s making $14.5 million this year…and the Steelers offered him $14 million a year?…I’m no math wizard, but they appeared to offer him less per year than he’s already making?…#You wouldn’t wouldn’t accept that from your job…why should Bell?

  31. “In the eyes of fans…”, I dunno.

    Le’Veon Bell is more like a fantasy football commodity. I’m in Pittsburgh and he’s never really joined the community like many Steelers, Penguins and Bucs have.

    Bettis, Lemieux, Clemente, Bradshaw, Cutch, Crosby, Polamalu, Fast Willie Parker, Joe Greene, Swanny… so many others. They’re family.

    With Bell, from the start it’s been about money money money, it’s hard to care one way or the other, regardless how great he is. And he is a great player.

    No grudge just the truth.

  32. This just goes to show how much Bell thinks he’s going to get in free agency. He somehow actually believes someone is going to give him more, probably much more, than $14M per year on a long-term deal. I seriously doubt if that’s going to happen. I agree with others that Bell did the Steelers a favor by not agreeing to that deal. All I can say is he better have a monster year or else he’ll be kicking himself for not signing that deal. But then again, that would require him to have a clue so never mind.

  33. akira555 was the only one I saw point out the obvious. If it IS a deceptively bad offer, Bell’s team could leak those details and tell their side. Why haven’t they? Could it be that the structure of the deal was less of a sticking point than Bell wanting much much more money than the offer? He wants to be the highest paid player in the NFL – and not by a little.

  34. Bell is the most overrated player in the NFL. Very good back, top 5 even, but not head and shoulders above the rest. He couldn’t even manage a 30 yard run last year, and he’s lost at least 2 steps to injury. The Steelers dodged a bullet on this one.

  35. Winning should be a team’s #1 priority. Bell is a great player, probably one of the best at his position, but when teams with RBBC keep winning Super Bowls it is hard to argue that any team should invest so much money in one RB. Spending an extra 2 or 3 million on a kicker is more win productive than spending a boat load on a RB.

  36. This might be the best thing I’ve ever read. Have you all ever heard of Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian”? Don’t worry if not because it’s not worth it after this masterpiece.

  37. As much as I usually side with the players on these deals, on this one Bell made a bad decision. Running backs go down hill very quickly in the NFL. The value of the position is rising, but not to the extent Bell seems believe. This isn’t a QB we’re talking about.

    Bell gets $14.5 million this year on the tag. Then he becomes a free agent. He’ll be another year older with around 400 more carries on his body. He has to hope he produces at a high level this season and stays healthy.

    Even if all that happens, there probably isn’t a team out there that will give him more than two years of guaranteed money. It will be hard for him to exceed what the Steelers have just offered. He’s risking $18.5 million now for a chance to make an extra few million two years from now.

    Bell either got terrible advice from his agent or he just didn’t listen to reason.

  38. He is a product of diminishing returns as he gets older and more beat up…and he will get beat up and is one positive test away from those penalties so if he thinks he will make more on the open market….good luck with that

  39. Steelers are playing hard ball. Can’t blame them. The quarterback is the most important position in the NFL, not the running back. Even the Beast Mold could not win a SB ring without Russell Wilson. Nevertheless, Wilson could not win one without the Beast Mold either.

  40. $14 million a year is a bargain for a guy who you can pencil in for 1200 yards rushing and 75 receptions. A guy who gets as many first downs as Bell is a guy you build a team around.

    They’re going to regret letting him go, especially in a year or two when they are breaking in a new quarterback.

  41. Not for/against the Steelers. Hope he falls on his face this year and that no one gives him over 8 mill next year. Serve him right for showing his greed.

  42. Larry Johnson 2.0. The Steelers are going to be very thankful in a few years when he completely falls off and a GM like Dan Snyder goes into salary cap hell paying for a RB with dead legs.

  43. This isn’t baseball, teams can’t sink all their money into 1 or even just a handful of players no matter how good they are. And for a guy that’s only played all 16 regular season games once in his 5 year career so far, I don’t blame the Steelers for not wanting to give into his salary demands, whatever they might be.

  44. if this is true then Bell made a mistake. he has to have the greatest season by a running back ever to be considered for a contract bigger than that.

  45. In this day and age that kind of money for a RB is preposterous. When he’s been on the field he’s been a work horse so a 5 year deal at this point is quite silly. Teams have shown that RB by committee can work so paying one guy this kind of scratch is insane.

  46. Except he’ll have all the leverage in the world bring to dictate we he goes and rest assured they’ll be a bidding war for him. Don’t let your hate blind you

  47. He better hope he gets the trifecta this year, stay healthy, put up great numbers, and DO NOT do anytjing stupid.

    I feel that not signing that contract all ready shows he isnt making great choices. In todays NFL and elite RB are a luxury.

  48. akira554 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:01 pm
    “If the goal is to make Bell look greedy and unreasonable in the eyes of fans who believe he’d actually get $70 million, mission accomplished. But as it relates to any realistic effort to understand what was actually put on the table, it’s not nearly enough.”
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    There is absolutely nothing to stop LeVeon Bell from reporting what his counter offer was. Facts are facts. Just because you don’t like them doesn’t mean they’re not valid.
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    You are extremely naive if you believe facts are facts when it comes to NFL contracts. I’m a Redskins fan. I remember years ago the Redskins reported that they had given Donovan McNabb a 5 year $80 million contract. It turns out that the contract came with language that if they cut McNabb at a certain time they would only owe him $3.75 million. Are you really this new to how NFL contracts work?

  49. So, he would not be getting 70 million at all. He would be getting 33 million for 2 years and then they would probably release him after giving him a crazy amount of carries. Still, that’s a lot of money for 2 seasons of hard work to leave on the table. He better hope he doesn’t get hurt or in any more trouble this season.

  50. Not a chance in the world ANY RB is worth that kind of money against a salary cap. I say trade him and get some value for him if you can. Otherwise you get one year out of him now at over 14mill and in today’s passing league that is foolish. Yea yea he is a great RB, but unless the OL is on point he is just an average guy so spend that money elsewhere.

  51. maverick2560 says:

    July 16, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I believe that Bell should have accepted the deal. Looking
    at the numbers I would believe that approximately 30 million
    would be guaranteed. In addition one should consider the
    money Bell received this year. Add that to guaranteed money
    30 million and you have one of the best contacts a running
    back has ever received.
    I am not criticizing Bell, but I am being pragmatic in a situation where
    the players have little or no leverage. Unlike baseball and basketball
    players, NFL players do not have the bargaining leverage that baseball
    and basketball players do. Therefore Bell should take this deal.
    Ask Demarco Murray what he thinks. He was lucky and I can tell you
    he thanks God every day on accepting the Eagles deal.
    As little as a year later, Philly was begging to get out from under that
    horrible deal.

    The Murray deal was a great deal. Unfortunately Chip destroyed his career. Take a north/south RB and use him as an East/West even after you said you would use him appropriately. Chip beat him up, used him and then the organization reverted to throw him to the curb as he didn’t fit their system.

  52. Stay strong, LeVeon!
    Would it kill you commenters to leave a link to your facts? I assume you all got it off the internet.

  53. agent7x6 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:26 pm
    I’m not sure that publicly humiliating Bell would be the best method of encouraging him to sign a long term deal.
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    It’s been a standard practice for the Steelers recently. I can think of at least a couple receivers they’ve done that to. The policy seems to be that if they don’t agree to your offer, trash them in the media. Maybe they figure they can force them to cave by getting fans to attack them and/or muddy the waters of any future negotiations with other teams.

  54. fc187 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:49 pm
    Steelers should wait until that last week of preseason then pull the tag.
    Use the cap space to extend some of there other stars.
    Let Bell see if he can do better.
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    Thank God you’re not the Steeler’s GM. Let’s forget for a moment that you’d immediately get a reputation for betraying your players, which would screw you pretty hard when trying to sign free agents and resign other players. Bell has become a rather large part of their offense, and they simply don’t play as well when he’s not active. Also, you’d be letting Bell go to another team (very likely a rival if things went down like that) without getting anything in return. That’s just a horrible decision for so many reasons.

  55. I love how so many people seemingly turned into contract experts in the comments section. The whole point of the article is that we have no idea what the contract details actually are. For all we know, there could be next to no new truly guaranteed money. In other words, Bell could lose any and all control over his own career without getting the increased security that is supposed to come with a long term deal. If that’s the case, then he should have refused, regardless of the hypothetical dollar value. Seriously, for all we know, the numbers could be the 14.5 mil the tag guarantees him, a 5 mill bonus, 5 mil the next year, and then balloon salary payments in further non-guaranteed years. In other words, what they already have to pay him, a pay cut the next season, and an inflated salary with no guarantees for years when his age will work against him more…so they can just dump him without cost. Or, maybe it was a good deal and Bell got greedy. The point is that we just don’t know, so all of these armchair super agents just sound ridiculous in their uninformed certainty.

  56. maverick2560 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:23 pm
    I believe that Bell should have accepted the deal. Looking
    at the numbers I would believe that approximately 30 million
    would be guaranteed. In addition one should consider the
    money Bell received this year. Add that to guaranteed money
    30 million and you have one of the best contacts a running
    back has ever received.
    I am not criticizing Bell, but I am being pragmatic in a situation where
    the players have little or no leverage. Unlike baseball and basketball
    players, NFL players do not have the bargaining leverage that baseball
    and basketball players do. Therefore Bell should take this deal.
    Ask Demarco Murray what he thinks. He was lucky and I can tell you
    he thanks God every day on accepting the Eagles deal.
    As little as a year later, Philly was begging to get out from under that
    horrible deal.
    _______________________________________________

    Just to clarify things a bit:
    No one said an additional $30m guaranteed. They said more than 30m over the next 2 years. That includes the $14.5m that would be fully guaranteed when Bell signed the tag. There was no mention whatsoever of how much of that new money would be guaranteed, or what all it would be guaranteed for.

    As for Murray, that’s a completely different issue. Bell has been an integral part of the Steeler’s offense. Murray had one fantastic season, and a history of injuries. Even worse, the RB they got rid of was better suited to Kelly’s offensive scheme than Murray ever was. So, it was a horrible free agent contract all around for Philly.

  57. What happens next year when the Steelers place the transition tag on him which they still have available. It states they have ability to match any offer that he signs, and if I read it correctly with a 20% increase over this years salary. So in essence they could get him again with no long term deal for like 17.5 or so next year. How pissed would he be then?

  58. bmoreballbuster says:
    July 16, 2018 at 8:52 pm
    Don’t be so naive Terrible Towel Gang.
    He’ll get ALL the $ NEXT YEAR from a
    DIFFERENT team. Then those towels
    will be used and abused.

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    It is quite possible that some team will pay him those numbers….but that does not make the Steelers wrong. Some teams are perennial losers and make bad decisions. Bell can join on of those.

  59. Please PFT, enough with these articles about Me-Veon Bell, it is sickening seeing an article or articles everyday about this drama queen and that he is underpaid, Roethlesbooger taught him well.

  60. For those suggesting “facts are facts” in looking at the numbers provided, no, the point is that facts are not facts when you only get SOME terms of a contract. Those terms mean little without the context of the entire proposed contract.

  61. It’s timer for the running back market to be reset and he’ll just did it. Good for him. Rb’s get paid Like trash and it needs to stop. If there careers are so short they should have special considerations and held pay should be higher than it is. Watch 31 teams gonna be looking into signing him because he’s a special talent. He will get a better deal than the Steelers were to offer and I applaud his stones to not take it and get what’s his. Steelers blew it and now there window gets slammed shut after this season.

  62. Come on Florio. The Steelers have a history with their contract structures for elite players. At least the first year was guaranteed, and Bell clearly would have gotten more than $30 million in the first 2 years. If the offer by the Steelers was so unfair, then we should all expect Bell to tell us what the offer was, since he has shown he cannot keep his mouth shut on social media. I am so done with all this Bell nonsense, I don’t care if he leaves after this year, or if he is dumb enough to sit it out altogether.

  63. I honestly don’t believe he had any intention of signing any deal, unless it was astronomical. The guy doesn’t want to go to camp. Very Revis-esque.

    Maaaybe, in his mind, he thinks hes going to get more next year. But that dog just aint gonna hunt. Nobody is signing a RB for $15 a year and killing their cap. Especially a decent team that has a QB under contract for $20+. That’s $35-$45 of your $165 on 2 players. That’s not how you build a team.

    Nobody is going to pay a RB at his age, with his contract history, more than 10 a year. Like when TO signed a 7 year, 49 mill deal, then at the end of year 1 wants a new contract. After he leaves Pitt next year, he will be looking at 2-3 year offers.

  64. So he is already guaranteed 14.5 Million with the franchise tag and the 5 year 70 mil only guaranteed an additional 18 million.

    Basically if he agreed, he would only be getting a 2 year guaranteed contract and they could release him for age 29 third season.

    Not surprising Bell turned it down, there is no security after the 2nd year.

  65. Okay, I get it. Bell is one of the best RB’s in the NFL and should be paid as such. What I don’t get is why they go through this with him every year. Just do the deal already, lay it out so that everyone can see what he’s getting and get back to football. Cut out the drama.

  66. This is insane. $150 for a ticket to watch these guys (and $12 for a watered down beer; or two) and they want more. How much more can the fans pony up? How much is enough?

    I think the NFL and the players has pushed that envelope to the edge…don’t you?

  67. stanklepoot says:
    July 17, 2018 at 6:36 am

    I love how so many people seemingly turned into contract experts in the comments section. The whole point of the article is that we have no idea what the contract details actually are. For all we know, there could be next to no new truly guaranteed money.

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    33 million guaranteed. Try to keep up please.

  68. I’m no Bell fan, but the reality for running backs is you get ONE shot at a big contract. You’re 22 coming into the league on a 4-year rookie deal, which probably comes with a 5th-year option which benefits the TEAM. At that point, you are a 27 year-old RB trying to get a 4-5 year big-money deal…IF you are still relatively healthy. When that contract ends, you’re now a 30-31 year-old RB at the end of your career, so you’re lucky if you are offered a 1-year “show me” extension. So the sad truth is one shot at real money is all RBs get in an entire career, unless they can get their team to renegotiate an existing contract.

  69. razzlejag says:
    July 17, 2018 at 8:57 am
    This is insane. $150 for a ticket to watch these guys (and $12 for a watered down beer; or two) and they want more. How much more can the fans pony up? How much is enough?

    I think the NFL and the players has pushed that envelope to the edge…don’t you?
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    What’s insane is people still think player salary is the driver behind ticket prices. The player salary cap is determined by revenue. That means if revenue goes up, player salary cap goes up. If revenue goes down player salary cap goes down.

    Also teams do not take into account player salary when setting ticket prices. Teams have analysts who analyze what the most amount they can charge for a ticket and still sell out. That’s it. Even if the player salary cap was only a million dollars your ticket prices likely wouldn’t decrease. Demand is what drives your ticket prices. That’s why after a team starts winning consistently again and demand for tickets goes up teams also increase the prices.

  70. If Bell and his agent are unhappy with the details leaked by the Steelers, they are free to release whatever details they feel are relevant.

  71. Steelers are negotiating against themselves here. $14 million avg per year is a great offer given that no teams are paying RBs even half that much money. Great RB. Deserves to get paid but not taking that contract is on him. That was a good offer. Can anybody come up with 2 other teams that would pay him more than that? Prolly not.

  72. Brees4President says:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:14 am
    I’m no Bell fan, but the reality for running backs is you get ONE shot at a big contract. You’re 22 coming into the league on a 4-year rookie deal, which probably comes with a 5th-year option which benefits the TEAM. At that point, you are a 27 year-old RB trying to get a 4-5 year big-money deal…IF you are still relatively healthy. When that contract ends, you’re now a 30-31 year-old RB at the end of your career, so you’re lucky if you are offered a 1-year “show me” extension. So the sad truth is one shot at real money is all RBs get in an entire career, unless they can get their team to renegotiate an existing contract.
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    Perfectly legitimate reasoning but 5 years at $14 million per is REAL money.

  73. Steelers should now consider him a one year rental with zero voluntary excess. Run him into the ground knowing full well that someone will pay him enough money next year to return a 2020 3rd round pick as compensation.

    If he gets injured during the year, then that’s his problem. If he holds out all off season, then go into pre-season with him considered as the backup, and if he isn’t fit when he finally decides to turn up, then fine him as per league rules.

    The guy doesn’t realise that he was offered more money by the Steelers than he will ever be offered again.

  74. Pete Berardi says:
    July 17, 2018 at 7:28 am
    What happens next year when the Steelers place the transition tag on him which they still have available. It states they have ability to match any offer that he signs, and if I read it correctly with a 20% increase over this years salary. So in essence they could get him again with no long term deal for like 17.5 or so next year. How pissed would he be then?
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    If the Steelers put the transition tag on him then he would have gotten over 3 years of being tagged $12m, 14.5m, and 17.5m for a total of $48 million over 3 years or $16/year average.

    Secondly the transition tag doesn’t force another team to give up draft picks like the franchise tag so other teams would be able to make an offer to Bell. The Steelers could always match but if another team offers a contract too big or structured in a way the team can’t live with then they would lose Bell with no draft pick compensation.

  75. Steelers’ front office has officially gone off the rails. This team is embarrassing itself in grand fashion. As everyone knows, Steelers can’t even win a single playoff game and that’s when they HAVE Bell going full speed. Now, they want to plunge themselves deeper into salary cap hell just to keep this overrated drama queen diva happy?

  76. He wanted to be paid like a WR, and play RB. Pittsburgh offered him more than the average of the top 5 wideouts and the top 5 runningbacks. Seems like they offered him exactly what he asked for, and he still wouldn’t take it.

  77. There are only three other backs in the league that can do what Le’Veon does, and he’s proven to be the best at it. That offer isn’t enough. Hope he has a productive year and somebody shows him respect. If he cashes out, he’s going to pave the way for other RBs, which is going to be great given their shelf life. I’m all about the players making as much money as they can. What other professions only last 10 years at best?

  78. Bell ,,,single handedly…is ruining Steelers opportunities to get 1 last one w/Ben @ QB..After that, they become pedestrian.

    Steelers…would be much much better, to have 3-4 “good” RB’s, than 1 great one who is an injury away from crippling them…Look at NE, something Steeler fans hate to do.

  79. Bell had more receptions and receiving yards than Sammy Watkins. Watkins just got a 16 million a year deal. It looks like Bell is angling for top RB plus slot WR money. That’s what kind of numbers he puts up.

  80. There is no way … NO WAY!! In today’s pass happy NFL you pay a running back that kind of money. It’s bad business. No well run organization is going to dedicate that much CAP space to a running back. You don’t need to.

  81. What makes anyone think the “fans” deserve to know the details of a supposedly contract? Whatever the details of the offer, I hope he gets his in the end for being stupid and getting bad advise.

  82. Wow. Talk about your greed! RB’s aren’t worth that much. These guys, including the QB’s and WR’s show their stripes. They are willing to cripple the team on cap space for their own interests, and guarantee their team can’t contend for a title because they can’t afford to pay salaries for the rest of the guys they need to contend. This is the truth of the NFL. A franchise QB almost guarantees you can’t afford to pay to put talent around him.

  83. rho1953 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:54 pm
    A franchise QB almost guarantees you can’t afford to pay to put talent around him.

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    Not necessarily. But when you have to pay a QB, WR and RB all top dollar it does not leave much to spread around to the other 50 guys on the team.

    I am surprised the Steelers offered Bell as much as they did. Other teams (Pats/Eagles) have proven recently that you do not need a top RB to win in this league. In fact, you are better off having a “stable” of really good interchangeable backs.

    Some schlock team will pay Bell next season….and he will be done playing and home watching once the playoffs commence.

  84. I really hope this greedy scumbag gets his due. Would be social justice for a slimeball to blow a disc or hip and never play another down. 70 million isnt enough, while everyone else in the USA fights for minimum wage jobs?
    Play a game-make millions,
    work for the public, make 10 bucks.
    Go to hell, bell

  85. edon8334 says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:40 pm
    a lot of you people are acting like this guy isn’t a top 3 running back lol. just ignore the talent lol..insane

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    Top 3 running backs make a fraction of what he turned down, aren’t in the drug testing program, and don’t have a history of breaking down late in the season when the games matter most.

    No one is ignoring the talent, they just aren’t delusional about pay rates for running backs. He’s asking for double the next highest paid player at the position. It would be like a veteran injury prone defensive tackle asking for a long term guaranteed contract at $57m per year when they are one failed drug test away from an indefinite suspension.

  86. You don’t need an elite “Bell-cow” (so to speak…) RB to win Super Bowls. In recent years, really only Marshawn Lynch fits that description and they were paying Russell Wilson a rookie contract still.

    You do need cap flexibility to win. Pitt will run him into the ground and let him be somebody else’s problem next year.

    I don’t blame Bell for wanting to get paid, but he’s not going to get close to what he wants on the open market next year. He probably turned down double what he’ll get.

    What was the last big money running back free agent signing that actually worked out for the team involved? Ricky Watters??? And runnings backs actually mattered back then…

  87. jrquiz says:
    July 16, 2018 at 9:12 pm
    Bell, come on up to the Rocky Mountains. It’s beautiful up here and we’re building something special. You could be a catalyst for a franchise that can get you those c’ship rings you’re craving.
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    Ain’t nothin’ special being built in Denver. Is there another team in the Rocky Mountains?

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