Agent: Reported offer to Le’Veon Bell not accurate, but it’s about guarantee anyway

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Shortly after Monday’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to sign multi-year deals passed without the Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell agreeing to a deal, there was a report that the Steelers offered Bell a five-year deal worth $70 million.

The report also said Bell stood to make $30 million over the first two years of the deal — he stands to make $14.5 million under the terms of the tag — but there was no word on how much of the money was fully guaranteed. Bell’s agent Adisa Bakari didn’t reveal that amount during a Tuesday appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio, but did say the report wasn’t accurate before getting to the matter of the guaranteed money.

“No matter what that final number was and I am certainly not saying that what has been reported is accurate because it’s not, quite frankly — the most important element of it is the guarantee,” Bakari said. “You couple that with the traditional way in which Pittsburgh does it’s deals, which, at the end of the day, nothing’s guaranteed after the first year.”

Several players have talked about their desire for more guaranteed money in contracts and Bakari called it a “CBA issue” that extends well beyond Bell’s own negotiations with the Steelers.

27 responses to “Agent: Reported offer to Le’Veon Bell not accurate, but it’s about guarantee anyway

  1. Then he should sign the tag offer for 14 mill, go into free agency and sign a guarenteed contract with another team next year…for a lot less $$ per year.

  2. Who cares about fans struggling in real life? That’s not the players’ problem. His job is to feed his family and take care of the generations that follow him. If you want him to care so much about your personal struggle, do better in life. What excuses do you have? These athletes beat the odds and leverage talent into millions. Stop the jealousy.

  3. Let’s hear Mike spin this one against Pit. If reported offer wasn’t accurate, what was it then? I’m sure Pit is tired of his antics off the field so 1 more season at $14.5 seems like a good deal for both sides. Hopefully it won’t take him 3 games again to hit his stride.

  4. So strange how many (but not all) reporters and many (but not all) fans continue misunderstanding the issue of guaranteed money and the franchise tag for star players.

    The NFL salary cap provides the players with a fixed percentage of NFL revenue (about 55%). Teams must pay out at least 90% of the cap in cash. It gets a little more technical than that but this is a good rough summary.

    Since the pool of dollars the players get is fixed, one player’s gain is another player’s loss. To pay players like Le’Veon Bell more, that means that other players have to get paid less. If Bell gets paid less, then other players get paid more. The Steelers aren’t able to get rid of Bell and then not spend the money they would have used to pay Bell. If the Steelers get rid of Bell, then the Steelers will have to pay other players instead. The Steelers’s owners can’t just pocket the money and take the cash out of the team.

    If star players want bigger guaranteed contracts, that means that average or end of roster players have to get paid less. Remember, the players’ share of team revenue is about 55%, so if a star player got paid 6% of the 55% his team pays out to players (meaning the other players on the roster share the other 49%), and now the star player wants 7%, that means the other players get less (48% instead of 49%). For a player like Bell or Gronkowski or Beckham or Watt to get more years of guaranteed pay means that his teammates will get less.

    If you think that star players deserve more compared to average or end of roster players than the star players get today, then you should support longer guaranteed contracts. If you think that average players or end of roster players deserve more compared to stars than the average players get today, then you should support the current system. If you don’t care what players get paid, I don’t blame you.

  5. If anything was incorrect, he had an opportunity to directly set the record straight with what the offer was.

    The fact he refuses to do that means it’s pretty clear to me the offer IS correct (or darn near close) as reported.

  6. Is Bell able to guarantee that the Steelers can win a single playoff game? There’s your answer. No contract for you!

  7. .
    The Patriots RBs – Rex Burkhead, Sony Michel, Jeremy Hill, Brandon Bolden, James White and Mike Gillislie will make considerably less in total than Bell.

    Would Steelers fans trade their RB corp for New England’s?
    .

  8. Really who cares – he is a running back that wants to be considered some new special category not a position – Playmaker and be paid like a RB and WR. Last time I checked the Steelers still play with 11 guys not 10 when Bell was on the field…

  9. idiedpretty says:
    July 17, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    He was guaranteed $33M over the first two yeas.

    ******The Steelers are Lying*******
    They put this out there to appease the fans into thinking its bells fault. If they offered a guarantee of 33+ million the first 2 years, and bell says he wants 14.5 per…………..do the math. He would have signed that deal. But thats not what was offered, they are just leaking false stories, just like his agent said.

  10. I think Bell is just eating this stuff up. 14 of 15 stories on the Steelers’ PFT page, have the name Bell in the title.
    He is a RB. He needs to remember that, and quit trying to be paid like a QB. It’s too bad, players used to put the success of the team, ahead of his own financial gain.
    Give him 70 million now & he will still be broke 2 years after retirement. He can spout that line about his future all he wants, but I will see what boat he is in, when he is retired for a while.

  11. youngnoizecom says:
    July 17, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    Diva- a person who is more talented than you, makes more money than you and wants to provide generational wealth for their family………………………..………………………………………………………………………………..
    Except that this “diva” will be a dope smoking bankrupt person in less than 5 years after he retires. “Clinton Portis” ring a bell !?!?!

  12. If the specifics wouldn’t make his client look like a jerk for failure to accepting it the agent would have released the details and said exactly why it was not sufficient. He didn’t so it is safe to presume Bell is greedy and wants much more than he deserves or would be paid by ANY team.

  13. After Bell is paid he will disappear. Guarantee it. If he was a team player or cared about legacy the deal would be done, regardless of what’s being reported. He’s only interested in himself. Hopefully the Steelers will be good Ahab when he’s in a contract year, because that’s the next time you’ll see his best effort

  14. What would you expect from that agent? I already said he was getting bad advise. Getting advise from a Nigerian Prince is not the way to go. If you think so, I’ve got an investment opportunity for you. The Steelers were wise not to do business with them.

  15. nflviewer says:
    July 17, 2018 at 2:51 pm
    So strange how many (but not all) reporters and many (but not all) fans continue misunderstanding the issue of guaranteed money and the franchise tag for star players.

    … The last paragraph
    If you think that star players deserve more compared to average or end of roster players than the star players get today, then you should support longer guaranteed contracts. If you think that average players or end of roster players deserve more compared to stars than the average players get today, then you should support the current system. If you don’t care what players get paid, I don’t blame you.

    ——————————–
    Because it is the players union and each member gets just one vote, does anyone realistically think that the guys at the bottom of food chain care all that much how much the stars make. Tom Brady doesn’t get 10 union votes and a 5th rounder just 1.

    The bottom guys know their names aren’t sewed on their jerseys but Velcroed on. None of them are going to take care of their superstar teammates when there’s a good chance that they won’t be on a team in a couple of years. In a couple of years those still on a team will say “Who?” when a 1 or 2 year guy who was cut name is mentioned.

    How many times during pre-season you hear the local sports talk say “Joe Blah-blah was cut, but no big deal because he was just some guy”. Don’t equate athletic skills with how bright someone is or isn’t. The bottom guys are never going to support longer guaranteed contracts if it comes up in a vote. And there are more of them then there are stars.

  16. Is Bell able to guarantee that the Steelers can win a single playoff game? There’s your answer. No contract for you!

    The Steelers get to the playoffs……your team the Ravens…..lol …..not so much.

  17. teams realize that running backs prime years are 22-27 years old. then the pounding takes its toll.. especially after large workloads like Bell had last season. look at Demarco Murray. he had a very high usage, great statistical year, and was never the same after that.
    Bell probably has 1 or 2 more elite years left, and Pittsburgh isnt going to pay him for 5 more.

  18. Everything about Leveon Bell has gotten so very old, except when the football is in his hands on game day. As a die hard fan, I have finally had enough of the year in and year out drama. I am not going to say he is asking to much or too little, just time to move on. Too much doubt around him all time.

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