Would the Steelers rescind the franchise tender for Le’Veon Bell?

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With running back Le'Veon Bell refusing to commit to the Steelers for five years and $70 million (asterisk), there’s another question to consider: Will the Steelers ultimately refuse to commit to Bell for one year and $14.5 million?

The options available to Bell regarding when to accept the franchise tender and report for duty is premised on the assumption that the franchise tender will still be available to be accepted. Until Bell accepts the franchise tender, the Steelers could (in theory) yank it.

During a March visit to PFT Live, Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert didn’t rule out the possibility of rescinding the tender. While that seemed more like a standard “we can’t rule out anything”-type of a comment, it’s now a relevant consideration for the Steelers, who may not be willing to pay Bell that much money for one final season, especially if he’s not going to show up until six days before it begins.

Coincidentally (or not), Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com noted on Monday that popular second-year tailback James Conner was solid in the offseason program and “looks like he can be a solid every-down back in this league.” For the Steelers, it’s got be tempting to consider embracing Conner and his $578,000 salary for the entire year over Bell’s $852,000 for each and every week.

Or how about this possibility? Pair Conner with someone like, say, Adrian Peterson. Or DeMarco Murray. (That retirement would end quickly if the Steelers call.) Or Alfred Morris. Or some other veteran tailback who has proven that he can get it done. Whatever the on-field production, the cost would surely be much less than the combined $15 million that will be paid to Bell and Conner.

As to the on-field production, the Steelers now must consider whether they’ll truly get the best out of Bell in 2018. Sure, he’s saying all the right things. But will he be making business decisions between the white lines, especially as the calendar slides to November and December?

Throw in the fact that Bell has become the rare Steelers player to refuse to submit to the team’s wishes, and the Steelers could decide that it’s in the team’s short- and long-term best interests to sever ties before he signs the tender. And the most shrewd play would be to not rescind the tender today (which could spark a mini-land rush from teams like, perhaps, the Bills, Jets, Browns, Ravens, Texans, Colts, Raiders, Broncos, Eagles, or Packers) but right after the last preseason game, when all teams have their hay in the barn and no one will be in position, as a practical matter, to give Bell big money.

Rescinding the tender remains an unlikely outcome, but it’s not all that difficult to see the dominoes fall in a way that would prompt the Steelers to choose to accelerate their looming divorce with Bell by four or five months — especially if they’re upset that he refused their latest long-term offer.

93 responses to “Would the Steelers rescind the franchise tender for Le’Veon Bell?

  1. I hope they do. Let some bottom of the barrel team with no offensive line sign him for whatever he’s asking for. Then we can all sit back as he has a couple bad years then is released from his overpriced contract. I’m tired of these guys thinking they are worth more than they are and acting like babies. How can you trust a guy like this? He has been amazing to watch but the headache isn’t worth it.

  2. As hilarious as that would be, rescinding it now makes no sense. That money is already spent and there’s nowhere else to spend it. The best FAs are all on other teams and the Steelers aren’t going to have a problem paying Lev $14.5 for this year if they were going to give him $14 million 5 years from now.

  3. The Steelers are up to their usual tricks. They don’t take care of their players and never have. Mike Webster.

  4. Read Colbert’s statement from yesterday. Basically, same deal as last season and go from there. I’d think he’d want to have the best season possible to maximize his value, but I understand the injury aspect also. With Bell, who knows how he responds.

  5. I think he’ll hold out – and not report until 6 games left in season (not under contract, so technically not “hold out”). He’s not coming back next year to Pitt. He considered doing that last year, but thought he was going to have a long term deal this year. Now his object will be to stay healthy for the big deal next year he wants. Assume he wants way more than 2 years guaranteed which sounds like the 5 yr-$70 m deal was. Pittsburgh might just rescind the offer if they see he’s going to hold out longer term

  6. “Screw him and rescind the tag at the time it will most hurt a Bell.”

    And what if he then signs with an AFCN rival or even worse the Pats on the cheap just to stick it to the Steelers for doing so? The fan outcry would be huge and the GM would likely be fired within days, maybe hours if it was the Pats he signed with.

    No GM is going to commit suicide like that.

  7. The Steelers wouldn’t be Super Bowl contenders anymore if they rescinded the tag. They won’t do it. The tag is still a good deal for them because there’s no penalty for running him into the ground if it helps them win this year.

  8. The Steelers can not afford to screw him. Everything is in the news. How do you think that would look when they talk to a free agent next year? Bill and the Pats always get fading veterans to sign for short money, because they cut their veterans first in order to give them a chance to find a new home. If the Steelers screw Bell, high priced guys are going to say “No thanks”
    They may play hardball, they are known for that, but pulling the tender at the last moment? I don’t think so.

  9. They would be stupid to. Have him sign it telling him they’ll trade him. Try to get something for him.

  10. The Steelers only have a limited time with Fat Ben, so they had better keep the decent players around for a year or two more, just to see if they can finally get it together when it matters.

  11. It doesn’t make sense to rescind the tag unless the team knows Bell plans to sit out regular season games. If they believe he will do that, it is best to cut him loose and pick up an available veteran RB.

  12. That would be a dooshbag move…so it wouldn’t surprise me one bit if a “classy” organization like the Steelers did this…champions for equal rights and all…

  13. We can only hope this will be the case. Connor, along with Stevan Ridley (you didn’t mention him as a vet they already have), and the very intriguing rookie, Jaylen Samuels, would likely do an excellent job as the Steelers RB tandem; and for a LOT less capital outlay, which could be used elsewhere on the roster if need be.

  14. I see where Bell is coming from, but- as someone who lives a very middle class life, I have to wonder how a person can be offered that much money and still be unhappy. That kind of money would make my life a breeze. This also makes a good case for him to take a lowball offer from say, New England, just to stick it to the Steelers. That would be awesome.

  15. Florio – you have to let this go. He will play under the franchise tag and hit FA next season. Something that I have been saying for two years since you started this Leveon Bell obsession. There is a mutual respect between both parties where there won’t be anything of the sorts you mention in your articles. Quit wasting your time, as well as everyone else’s time.

  16. kenbell97 says:

    July 17, 2018 at 9:24 am

    As hilarious as that would be, rescinding it now makes no sense. That money is already spent and there’s nowhere else to spend it. The best FAs are all on other teams and the Steelers aren’t going to have a problem paying Lev $14.5 for this year if they were going to give him $14 million 5 years from now.
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    I could be wrong but couldn’t the Steelers take the saved money (minus what they pay a backup like Murray) and use it to restructure a current player? Moving money into 2018 and thus freeing them up money in the future? I remember a year or two ago Pittsburgh fans complaining they were kicking the can down the road on a few contracts, so maybe this could help offset that?

  17. Why don’t you call up Steelers headquarters and ask like a man you are instead of gossiping like little school girls mr.media.

    But to answer your question, no they won’t.

  18. How does rescinding the tender make the Steelers better this year? Maybe if they could use the money to improve the defense. Not sure there are any FA options available at this point in the year who would provide enough help on defense to offset the loss of Bell.

  19. Lol…. now it’s the SQEALERS turn for off season drama!!!!
    I’d hold onto him 3/4 way thru PRE season THEN dump his butt….
    What team would pay him 14.5 million then???
    For a player that doesn’t show up when it really matters( post season), he’s awfully delusional about his value!!!!

  20. It sounds to be that rescinding the tag is pointless. The money is locked up apparently and they can’t use it anywhere else. They might as well ride him and try to win a ring this year.

    If they could rescind it and use the money somewhere else I’d say move on from him. He obviously doesn’t want to be in PITTS. Might well start working till the future.

  21. I think Mr Bell is in for a real eye opener when/if he becomes a FA. With salaries for rbs on the decline he still seems to think he’s worth twice what anyone else will make.
    If I were the Steelers and he hasnt signed his tag yet Id wait to almost the very last minute and cut him.

  22. Wait as long as you can Pittsburgh, then give him the boot. Teach all the players that they can’t force teams to pay whatever price they think they are worth. Any player is easily replaceable.

  23. Rescind the tag and that SB window slams shut. Different team without Bell.

    The Steelers have had years to draft his replacement and havent. This is on them.

    Bell has leverage and he knows it. Refreshing to see a player turn the tides on a team…especially when its not my team.

  24. Paying that much money to a disgruntled running back who will most likely leave after this season does not seem like good business practice.

  25. Are we still kowtowing to this drama queen diva who can’t even get past the Jaguars and win a single playoff game? You know, the only difference between the Steelers and the Browns last year was that the Steelers forced their fans to come and watch them lose at home while the Browns’ fans were sitting comfortably at home laughing their tails off.

  26. For all the pontificating you love to do you sure seem to overlook a lot of context.

    Question: How often have The Steelers rescinded the franchise tag in the past?
    Answer: Never.

    Question: Despite not guaranteeing multiple years, at what rate and percentages do the Steelers pay out their contracts?
    Answer: They are one of, if not, the top team at paying out the largest percentage of their contracts. I.e. when a player signs with the Steelers, he ultimately receives more of that money than he would signing that contract with any other team in the league.

    It seems like you go for the sexy “the Steelers aren’t REALLY offering Bell $X” angle all the time while ignoring that historically, when the Steelers make an offer to a player, they end up paying out the whole contract.

    In short, your bias is showing.

  27. “They would be stupid to. Have him sign it telling him they’ll trade him. Try to get something for him.”

    What is a team going to offer up ON TOP of paying him 14+ mil a year? A bag of peanuts?

  28. They should resend it; Look, the guaranteed money would average out to 16.5 million over the next two years..he didn’t want it. Obviously he doesn’t want to be there so make it official and take the tag back.

    The two guys we have in Conner and Smith can handle the load. Plus…Bell is nothing but a distraction to the team if he shows up because he’s disloyal to the team (players) who are actually showing up for camp, sweating, hurting together and bonding.

  29. His trade value is almost zero at $14.5M a year, especially since the team getting him can’t franchise him unless they want to pay him like a QB. I still don’t think they should rescind it.

  30. @Dan Muston says:

    Wouldn’t trade be better than recind?
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    Yes it would be better. However,he’s not under contract. He would have to sign the tender but probably wouldn’t unless he agrees to the team trading for him. Remember when Carolina yanked Josh Norman’s offer? He immediately signed with Washington.

  31. More dishonest reporting by Florio.

    The Steelers have every right to “yank” the offer they’ve done. The Carolina Paper Tigers did this to Josh Norman and he ended up showing the NFL that he cannot cover a blade of grass as a roster filler on the Washington Deadskins.

    So, Florio, start reporting things accurately – it is not a “theory” for the Steelers – it is their right and option. Just as it is the right and option of the whining prima donna running back to quickly sign the offer to prevent it being yanked, or he can take all the time he wants and risk the Steelers wanting none of his act this season. He isn’t acting like a gentleman here – he could have done like Kirk Cousins. He chose not to man up. He should feel the consequences of being a disgusting person.

  32. Florio wrote this in a way that makes the Steelers look bad if they DON’T rescind the franchise tag.
    At least Florio is 100% consistent in supporting the players no matter what they do.
    Colbert is a private sector businessman, and therefore will NOT be stupid enough to do what Florio is proposing.
    There is zero upside for the Steelers if they rescind. E.g. no compensatory draft pick when he signs with another team.
    Stay the course, run Bell into the ground, and enjoy the compensatory pick that you’ll get in 2019 from Bell’s departure.

  33. kenbell97 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 9:24 am
    As hilarious as that would be, rescinding it now makes no sense. That money is already spent and there’s nowhere else to spend it. The best FAs are all on other teams and the Steelers aren’t going to have a problem paying Lev $14.5 for this year if they were going to give him $14 million 5 years from now.

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    The cap savings would be rolled over to next season if not spent this year.

  34. Anyone who thinks the Steelers will not suffer a huge drop-off in talent if they let Bell go is delusional. They will be a totally different team and it won’t be better. Antonio Brown will still get his 120 receptions on his 5-yard outs from Roethlisberger and they will still be a talented offense, but, they won’t be as good as they have been.

    That said, I was pulling for Bell in this argument but seeing what he was offered, I am not thinking he’s an idiot for not signing. He got a very solid offer from a team that can win the Super Bowl now.

  35. “Bell is going to take a low ball offer from the Patriots”

    The barrage of comments from the comedians on this thread is hilariously entertaining.

  36. NinersFan1973 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:32 am
    His trade value is almost zero at $14.5M a year, especially since the team getting him can’t franchise him unless they want to pay him like a QB. I still don’t think they should rescind it.

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    Plus he is one bong hit away from a season long suspension

  37. @kevines255 says:

    Keep waiting to get paid, what could go wrong? -Derrick Rose
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    NBA contracts are guaranteed, so help me understand why you mention DRose?

  38. He isn’t that good anyway. Not 15M a year good.

    Just rescind it and he’ll earn nothing next year as teams are against the cap.

    Then the following year, he’d have to sign a prove it deal as he’d be out of shape. So he wouldn’t do that either.

    So his career is done. There is a price to be paid for defiance.

  39. He has to play a whole season, and play the whole season well in order to cash in next year. What if he shows up with 6 games left and plays like crap? Or gets injured? Or his replacement is playing really well? He is going to be 27 next year. He has one, and only one chance for a big payday.

    He’ll be in camp….

  40. @Dan Muston says:

    Wouldn’t trade be better than recind?
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    Yes it would be better. However,he’s not under contract. He would have to sign the tender but probably wouldn’t unless he agrees to the team trading for him. Remember when Carolina yanked Josh Norman’s offer? He immediately signed with Washington.

    Good little thread that can be expounded upon.

    Ahhh…hypotheticals abound!

    1. Let’s say Bell is committed to a stellar 2018 season and happens to sign his tender before camp or shortly thereafter.
    2. Now you are in business to wheel and deal a trade. So lets consider a trading partner that would have a player to trade and the cap space to take on Bell.
    3. Enter the Seahawks…
    4. I think Bell for Earl Thomas and a later round 2019 draft pick would do (4th to a 6th).
    5. The Seahawks, are about $11M under cap and would save about $8.5M in moving Thomas. That clears nearly $20M under the cap and the future Seahawks cap is flush with money…until Wilson gets his shot at it.
    6. The Steelers could afford to sign Thomas to an extension that would be less costly than what they would have paid Bell. It’d probably free up enough money that they could pick up another player this year or next that is mid to high mid-tier.
    7. I think, from the Steelers perspective, a quality defensive starter would be huge. The Seahawks just invested in a high draft pick on a RB, but he’s not proven. Plus the Seahawks need help in the run game. LOTS of HELP!

    I’m sure I’ll get trashed for this, but have fun with it. Give your own trade options assuming this is in play. If this rubs your undercarriage the wrong way, well go back to Yahoo stories and get your nastiness on there.

  41. Why would they cut him? They let him walk next year and in turn will get a 3rd round comp pick. If they rescind the tag, they get nothing..

  42. Good one Florio – I like the analysis. No question LvB is one of the best in the league, if not THE best in the league right now. But if you have a young guy who could compete, paired with a respectable vet? I’d let the guy go. $70 mil over 5 and the highest paid RB in the league not good enough? Not good enough for my team.

  43. Bell is his own worst enemy. The Steelers will run him into the dirt, hope for the best this season, and make other plans for next season. James Conner is a great guy with a great story, but he didn’t show enough last year to think he could take over now as an every-down back.

  44. It would be foolish for the Steelers to do so. They have an elite player at a fair salary this year.
    If they rescind the offer they will hurt themselves too, possibly missing the playoffs.

    Its called cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  45. They’re not going to rescind.

    Colbert’s words: “Even though we could not reach a long-term contract agreement with Le’Veon Bell, we are excited he will be with the team in 2018. … After the 2018 season is completed, we again will attempt to work out a long-term contract…”

    Colbert didn’t have to come out and say any of that. Assuming the Steelers believe Bell will show, no way they entertain rescinding based solely on some conjecture that Bell may withhold effort (which, BTW, would do him no good going into contract negotiations with other teams next year). Steelers don’t have another proven viable option at RB (Conner may or may not pan out. Samuels – he’s a rookie, who knows) and signing a FA at the last minute introduces too much uncertainty at a key position into an otherwise stable offense.

  46. Talk about donkey’s. Connor. Instead of Bell. Really. That’s the game plan going into next season. HAHA.

    Is Connor going to run for the yards and carries that Bell does. Will Conner be the outlet receiver Ben needs now that Heath has retired.

    It is not about saving money. It is about winning. Bell wants to have his best year ever going into free agency. I would think the Steelers will be excited to give him the chance.

    Or … maybe save a few bucks …

  47. theroc5156 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:48 am

    He got a very solid offer from a team that can win the Super Bowl now.
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    The Patriots made him an offer? Isn’t that tampering?

  48. theroc5156 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 10:48 am
    Anyone who thinks the Steelers will not suffer a huge drop-off in talent if they let Bell go is delusional. They will be a totally different team and it won’t be better. Antonio Brown will still get his 120 receptions on his 5-yard outs from Roethlisberger and they will still be a talented offense, but, they won’t be as good as they have been.

    That said, I was pulling for Bell in this argument but seeing what he was offered, I am not thinking he’s an idiot for not signing. He got a very solid offer from a team that can win the Super Bowl now.

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    He is talented yes. But the Steelers have produced a winning record with out Bell several times. He isn’t the Franchise player. No matter how much the media and or other fan bases try to make it seem that way, he isn’t.

  49. 3yardsndust says:
    July 17, 2018 at 11:45 am
    James Conner is a great guy with a great story, but he didn’t show enough last year to think he could take over now as an every-down back.

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    To be fair, James Conner hasn’t been given much of an opportunity to show anything. Bell eats up the vast majority of carries, because he wants to and the Steelers let him. That’s not Conner’s fault. He might wind up being great, awful, or somewhere in between, but there’s not enough evidence to even remotely guess at that yet.

  50. Get Bell to sign the franchise tag. Then TRADE HIM to some stupid team out of the division before the Nov. 1st deadline. The Steelers should be able to get at least a 1st Rd pick and one of the other team’s RBs for him, probably more.

  51. I wouldn’t want Bell up in Buffalo and I’m sure many Bills fans would agree with me. He is a “Me Guy” which McDermott & Beane do their best to stay away from. I’d rather resign a 31 or 32 year old LeSean McCoy than bring in a player like Leveon Bell. Besides, he’s just not worth what he’s asking for… No running back is worth that amount of money.

  52. Let’s face it. Bell leaving next year is a reality so why not prepare for it this year and just rescind the offer. No sense in giving snaps to someone who isn’t happy and is only playing for his next payday. He’s going to care more about not getting injured than anything else. So, just cut him and let him go play somewhere else for next-to-nothing. The problem with that though is he could go to a contender and they don’t want that so I think they won’t rescind the offer but I doubt if he will be the full-time starter. Let Conner do that and bring Bell in as an occasional third-round back and leave it at that. He wants to be unhappy then let someone else play. Conner may surprise some people this year.

  53. The talk about James Connor looking like an every down back is a hilarious negotiating ploy that not a person on the planet believes. If I were Bell, just for leaking out that ludicrous statement to the press, I would grind the Steelers all the much more.

  54. shutupbrees says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    The talk about James Connor looking like an every down back is a hilarious negotiating ploy that not a person on the planet believes. If I were Bell, just for leaking out that ludicrous statement to the press, I would grind the Steelers all the much more.

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    So the Steelers’ are responsible for an opinion expressed by a beat writer on a website? Makes sense.

  55. They won’t. They’re a contender with him, they’re not if he leaves. They couldn’t agree to contract terms, but there doesn’t sound like underlying issues. He’ll show up and play 16 games, he doesn’t want to miss a paycheck. The contract sounds like a lot of money, but without the details on guarantees. The Steelers are notorious for not putting a lot of future guarantees in their contracts, so I can believe their offer was basically a two year deal, that didn’t pay any more than the tag value this year.

    Players maximize their earnings by playing two years under the tag, and then hitting free agency. They also take alot of risk – injury, suspension, etc. Teams need to lock up a player before he starts the last year of his rookie contract. That’s when they can offer a substantial raise in exchange for getting him under contract for longer. After he plays out his rookie deal, the player is probably better off playing under the tag for two years and hitting free agency. Cousins did it. Brees has too. I won’t be surprised with to see more players doing this in the future, especially quarterbacks (who will get paid).

  56. I’m not quite understanding all the venom towards Bell. Based on the limited details from the contract it sounds like a two year guarantee, which would be extremely team friendly for a RB. I’d speculate the 5-70 wasn’t the issue, but the 2-30ish was. If it was 3-45ish guaranteed I think he’d be signed.

  57. The Steelers will not rescind the offer and let Bell walk away without getting something for him in a trade. I am sure that they are having conversations with teams that need a RB. He may get traded the day after he signs. Bell’s reps have to understand that that is a possibility and that the longer Bell resists signing, that more teams will drop out of the running. Both sides know that Bell will never sign a long-term deal. I can def see Bell in another uniform this season.

  58. response to:

    J. Burton-Taube says:

    July 17, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Get Bell to sign the franchise tag. Then TRADE HIM to some stupid team out of the division before the Nov. 1st deadline. The Steelers should be able to get at least a 1st Rd pick and one of the other team’s RBs for him, probably more.
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    Teams are up against the cap and they’re going to pay 14.5M for a one year rental on a disgruntled player? And pay a 1st rounder and more for it? No chance.

  59. The talk about James Connor looking like an every down back is a hilarious negotiating ploy that not a person on the planet believes. If I were Bell, just for leaking out that ludicrous statement to the press, I would grind the Steelers all the much more.

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    That is a stupid petty attitude to have and explains why you are just a petty troll and Bell is a All-Pro back. The Steelers don’t treat their players poorly, but they don’t like to over pay fair value.

  60. Who do you want to go into the playoffs with: A me-first type who can’t wait for the season to be over so he can get out the door, or a new set of backs that you’ve been developing and honing all season, who have something to prove?

    Bell’s already shown he won’t be the difference come playoff time. Let someone else overpay for him and move on.

  61. dietrich43 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    They won’t. They’re a contender with him, they’re not if he leaves.

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    You’re really suggesting the Steelers aren’t a contender without Bell? There’s a lot of evidence to the contrary and no evidence I can think of to support that claim.

  62. TRADE HIM !!!!
    You’re in a rebuild anyways. Get a couple #1 and #2 draft picks for him. Big Ben is near his end. Bell doesn’t want to be there. Get something worthwhile for him before he’s burned out or injured.

  63. mmmpierogi says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:09 pm
    shutupbrees says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    The talk about James Connor looking like an every down back is a hilarious negotiating ploy that not a person on the planet believes. If I were Bell, just for leaking out that ludicrous statement to the press, I would grind the Steelers all the much more.
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    So the Steelers’ are responsible for an opinion expressed by a beat writer on a website? Makes sense.
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    Yeah, a Senior Writer for the Steelers for 15 years would have no reason or potential gain whatsoever of putting out the idea that James Conner could be an all-purpose back when they are negotiating with Leveon Bell. #FAKENEWS

  64. What does Bell do if nobody wants him for 20mill? I can’t think of any normal team signing such a incredible over inflated contract. He’s special for sure! But 12-12.5 mill is so much for that position, he’s worth that much. But if your team pays him 15-20 mill a year that is mismanaged money. I would not be a welcoming fan of such money for a player that is not proven behind a suspect oline.

  65. I ain’t mad at Bell, it’s his right to demand what he think he’s worth. NFL contracts are not guaranteed, teams can cut you whenever they choose. Stop hating on a man who’s betting on himself. Win or lose, it’s his right to make any business moves he deems necessary; and for that, he has my respect!

  66. Trade him. Years ago, Denver faced the same problem with Clinton Portis who had three great seasons and wanted an extension with two years left. Denver traded Portis to the Skins for Champ Bailey and a 2nd in return. Safe to say, that worked out well for Denver.

  67. Him4u, No hating here…but i think he’s priced so high that nobody will want to pay him. People that don’t know how the game is played think we hate the guy. But if you know the the game you know Bell has a top 5 oline, blocking a special blocking scheme just for Bells style.Take away that oline and trade for,oh say Jets oline. Now how good is he? we’ll see cause Steelers are washing their hands of his ridiculous asking price.

  68. I think he’ll hold out – and not report until 6 games left in season (not under contract, so technically not “hold out”). He’s not coming back next year to Pitt. He considered doing that last year, but thought he was going to have a long term deal this year. Now his object will be to stay healthy for the big deal next year he wants. Assume he wants way more than 2 years guaranteed which sounds like the 5 yr-$70 m deal was. Pittsburgh might just rescind the offer if they see he’s going to hold out longer term

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    There is ZERO chance he misses ONE regular season game. He’ll skip camp I’d guess, another reason to cut him IMO. But if he skipped 6 regular season games thats 4.8m he leaves on the table. No way that happens

  69. Yep Bell can ask any price he deems is good business for him. But that doesn’t mean there are any teams stupid enough to pay it. And if your team does then that probably means they can’t pay enough good players to be contenders.

  70. They should remind it. Teach the guy the difference in employer and employee. Let him waste a year as he is not getting any younger.

  71. shutupbrees says:
    July 17, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Yeah, a Senior Writer for the Steelers for 15 years would have no reason or potential gain whatsoever of putting out the idea that James Conner could be an all-purpose back when they are negotiating with Leveon Bell. #FAKENEWS

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    I didn’t say said writer (Kaboly) wouldn’t have anything to gain by conjecturing (i.e., “putting out the idea”). Mark Kaboly also isn’t the Steelers.

  72. kevpft says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    dietrich43 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    They won’t. They’re a contender with him, they’re not if he leaves.

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    You’re really suggesting the Steelers aren’t a contender without Bell? There’s a lot of evidence to the contrary and no evidence I can think of to support that claim.

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    You want evidence? How about that the Steelers already could. It beat the Patriots and it is looking more and more like they can no longer beat the Jaguars either

  73. I think the Steelers have a new offensive coordinator this year too. I would imagine that him not in training camp and learning the new offense, could actually make this a possibility.

  74. let’s see bell try and do that hesitation style running in another city…mainly one that will pay you the big bucks cause they have no o-line….then we’ll see how special you really are

  75. nhpats says:
    July 17, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    kevpft says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:47 pm
    dietrich43 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    They won’t. They’re a contender with him, they’re not if he leaves.

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    You’re really suggesting the Steelers aren’t a contender without Bell? There’s a lot of evidence to the contrary and no evidence I can think of to support that claim.

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    You want evidence? How about that the Steelers already could. It beat the Patriots and it is looking more and more like they can no longer beat the Jaguars either

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    Yes, let’s pretend that the Jesse James play never happened. The Steelers were the better team in that game.

    The Steelers defense surrendered too much to the Jaguars early, unfortunately. The Steelers were the better team for the majority of that game, but they had dug themselves too deep of a hole.

  76. I would wait until game 1. If he doesn’t dress for game 1, I rescind the tag then. Let the cap money carry over until next year, and go out and spend that 14.5 on 2 defensive starters.

    With AB on offense, Pittsburgh will ALWAYS be an able team. Wish he were on my team. AB and Julio are 2 guys that make any team better (and their QBs). Throw the ball their way 15 times a game, and your QB will have 300+ yards every week.

    Bell? Not worth 10% of a 53 man rosters salary cap. Add in franchise QB money, and youre paying 1/4 of your cap on 2 starters. Ill pass.

  77. I don’t believe for a second that only $10 million was guaranteed. I suspect that an additional $10 million was guaranteed over the $14.5 million guaranteed for 2018.

    What’s interesting about this situation is that Bell’s negotiating leverage is based on the franchise tag number of $14.5 million guaranteed. If he were a free agent how many teams that need a franchise RB are able to pay him that? It looks to me like the Jets, Bills and Dolphins are about the only teams that have a need at RB that may be able to make the space.

    So then the question is, would any of those teams be willing to over invest in the running back position? LeSean McCoy is the highest paid running back for 2018 at just under $9 million. That’s how much Bell is demanding. It’s just a risky move for Bell to not sign up for the $14.5 million. Unless he has some secret assurances from an NFL team that they are going to pay him if the Steelers cut him loose.

  78. *Wish I could edit my last post. McCoy’s salary shows *just how much* money Bell is demanding. McCoy is making $9 million and Bell is demanding $14.

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