Le’Veon Bell situation quickly disintegrates

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As Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell continues to stay away from the team in advance of the first game of the regular season, his teammates have provided fairly stunning on-the-record criticism of Bell’s failure to show up. At least one teammate has provided a clearly stunning off-the-record assessment of the situation.

“One veteran Steeler told me players waited a day to criticize Bell to give him a chance to come in Wednesday but ‘he f—ed us,'” reports Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Bell’s plan isn’t clear, but the comments that have come on Wednesday surely require his agent, Adisa Bakari, to re-evaluate things. If Bell will be facing something other than a warm welcome when he returns, he may not want to return any time soon, if at all.

Then there’s the question of whether this parade of negative remarks was instigated in any way by the team, or whether it just happened organically. Reading between the lines of the various comments, it’s possible that the players believed that Bell would be back this week, possibly because he told them that. Now that he’s not there, they believe it’s fair game to call him out, despite the general sense that players should not get between other players and their money.

For his part, Bell has been silent in recent days. We’ll see if he remains silent, now that so many of his teammates aren’t.

136 responses to “Le’Veon Bell situation quickly disintegrates

  1. Well I am one to blame Mike Tomlin for many things…..but this is not on him. In fact, I feel bad for him and the rest of the players.

  2. As a close friend of the organization the funny thing is that the Steelers would have easily cut him if his knees persisted to be a problem. Now that he’s exceeded both draft expectations (2nd Rounder, behind Gio Bernard) and health expectations you can’t expect him to fall in line. Consider Bell’s relationship to Mike Wallace, as well.

  3. Trade his selfish butt

    AND DON’T give HIS worth crap He was offered very good money he needs to suck it up buttercup & play or get trade to a bad team

  4. ffejry says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    He about to screw me over in Fantasy Football!!!

    ————-
    I snatched Connor out of the FA pool just in case. Thats looking good now.

  5. PantherP says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    Trade his selfish butt

    AND DON’T give HIS worth crap He was offered very good money he needs to suck it up buttercup & play or get trade to a bad team

    ————-

    You realize a team cannot trade a player who is not under contract with that team do you not?

  6. This isn’t about business anymore. Bell has made it personal.
    When a guy doesn’t show for practice the day before the Jags game
    and then is looking ahead to the Patriots it tells you all you need to know.

    He’s doing the same thing now. Bailing on his team/season now and looking
    ahead to next season. If he plays this year out at (15 million) and plays in AFCC or SB
    His value might actually be higher. He’s really screwing the pooch on this one.

  7. The media loves to parade the narrative of other players feeling solidarity with the diva holdouts, but this quote from the earlier Ramon Foster post shows the truth:

    “He’s making seven times what I make, twice as much as [left tackle] Al [Villanueva] is making and we’re the guys who do it for him.”

    Other players know that the holdout divas are taking money from everyone else’s pies, and weakening the team’s fortunes in the process.

    I think only the Earl Thomas situation in Seattle is one where other players would feel negative implications for them in how the team is treating the star.

  8. PantherP says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm
    Trade his selfish butt

    AND DON’T give HIS worth crap He was offered very good money he needs to suck it up buttercup & play or get trade to a bad team
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    Exclusive tag… they cannot trade him until he signs.

  9. No, you cannot trade a player not under contract. And a player not under contract does not have a timetable to report. So, just begin the games without him and let him sign elsewhere. Ooops, here comes New England, but we all know they don’t pay from a healthy wallet.

  10. If only there had been some kind of warning. Good thing BSPN spent the whole offseason speculating that the Patriots were coming apart.

  11. Don’t want a player who is not willing to give it his all on the field on every play. His agent has already stated Bell is looking to stay healthy for next year. Does that mean he doesnt stick his nose in there and pickup that blitzing LB and leave Ben exposed to a big shot?

  12. “Then there’s the question of whether this parade of negative remarks was instigated in any way by the team, or whether it just happened organically.”

    There is absolutely no indication for you to even say, beyond your own dislike for the him. They don’t go to the media with any player issues, never have, yet you feel the need to toss that casually out there why? Because your own, poor, explicit bias.

  13. Bells going to ask for 90 Million Guaranteed
    When the GM looks at him with a goofy face, then offer 70 Gur.

    Bell will then say, you know I am better at football than Kirk Cousins. I deserve more than him.

  14. “Then there’s the question of whether this parade of negative remarks was instigated in any way by the team, or whether it just happened organically.”

    The team, the players that have been there all offseason and put in the work is fine. Lev is not a part of this time, by his choice. He has no contract and currently holds no position on the team. The actual team has rallied against him and has shown no indication of any division or concern. The only issue that exists is that they have to answer questions about a guy who is not a part of their team.

  15. The NFL is a billion dollar business, peeps.

    If KIRK COUSINS can “get paid” to the tune of $84M “guaranteed” — when players like Bell and OBJ and Khalil Mack have 10x more talent — then why can’t Bell? You see Big Blue wised up and finally coughed up the cold-hard-cash for OBJ, right?

    Give a man what he’s worth. The greater issue is that, like Robert Kraft/Patriots, the Rooney Family is just stingy cheapskates who do not want to pay players for what they are worth. Big Ben got you two (2) SB rings, so he should be worth $150M “minimum” (or even more) to your organization, right? TB12 (Tom Brady helping bring in five (5) SB rings to NE: $350M “minimum” or more, right?)

    It’s not personal… just busine$$, peeps.

  16. “Now that he’s not there, they believe it’s fair game to call him out, despite the general sense that players should not get between other players and their money”

    Which tells you that Bell’s acting like a complete dunderhead.

  17. Almost all of us posting here have been a member of a sports team at soome point in our lives (at at least the HS level). We would do anything for our teammates and we knew that out teammates would do anything for us. We were basically family. This Bell situation is seriously MESSED up.

  18. This doesn’t happen if Pittsburgh doesn’t tag Bell…Remember who started this…Bell honored the original 4 year deal he signed…there’s no honor in tagging someone twice…

  19. He can’t be traded people! Cut your losses Colbert and kick the cancer to the curb. Leveon has zero Goodwill left in Pittsburgh. Hopefully he becomes a Clown or Bungal so his defensive “teammates” have 2 cracks at Lev every year

  20. It’s going to be enjoyable watching Villanueva, DeCastro, and the rest of the boys up front allow opposing defensive linemen to have an unimpeded path to their “teammate”.

  21. This really stinks but it is a business and he is in a rough spot. Once again the transition tag is being used in a way it was not intended. It was not designed so teams could string along a player without committing to giving that player a long term guaranteed amount. We all know there are many teams that would pay him a whole lot more for his services. He should wait until the very last moment to report so he gets credit for this year. The Steelers are playing hardball, why shouldn’t he?

  22. When you have a salary cap, there’s only so much money you can pay 53 guys. So if one guy makes more, the other guys have to take less. So it’s a bit more complicated, and maybe the other players are beginning to feel like they’re getting squeezed by their own teammate. If there’s no salary cap, then the money comes out of the owner’s pocket, but there is a salary cap. The owners’ pockets have been emptied. All their money is on the table to be divided up between 53 guys. One guy is getting greedy. The other 52 don’t like it. But also, it’s a greedy agent. A certain percentage of the total of all 32 teams’ salary caps is going to be paid out to agents. So the size of that pie is fixed. Now these agents are trying to grab a bit more for themselves, and it’s hurting their own clients. Now Bell’s public image is taking a beating, so his endorsement money is bound to shrink. The agent will lose money on that too. Just because you’re an agent, doesn’t mean you’re super intelligent. We wonder how some of these players can be broke five years after retirement. Well, this is a perfect example of how your representatives aren’t doing a good job with your money.

  23. How does this holdout enhance his value in any way? Would another team want to bring in a guy who they cannot count on to show up and honor his contract? I suppose someone would want the guy, but I wouldn’t let him in my locker room.

  24. livingbeyond40 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    If that back up RB has a big game on Sunday, I think Bell will have to rethink his strategy.

    Why? The Steelers blew it by not resolving his contract last year. The Washington Redskins got roasted in the media over and over about franchising Cousins twice. Not a peep about Pittsburgh doing the same thing to Bell.

  25. arwiv says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Almost all of us posting here have been a member of a sports team at soome point in our lives (at at least the HS level). We would do anything for our teammates and we knew that out teammates would do anything for us. We were basically family. This Bell situation is seriously MESSED up.

    The NFL is big business and players look out for themselves like it should be.

  26. I think it’s funny that fantasy football players are mad. And the fact that this is happening to the Steelers…GO BROWNS!!

  27. One thing is for sure, if Bell was planning on showing up tomorrow, he won’t now. No way he takes all that and crawls back with his tail between his legs. I bet he digs in.

  28. This isn’t good ,locker room distraction ! WTH Tomlin you never could keep your team in check no discipline at all ,step up take control tell your team to stop flapping their mouth ,
    I am a die hard Steeler fan ,you making us look like a bunch of children

  29. rho1953 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:16 pm

    How does this holdout enhance his value in any way? Would another team want to bring in a guy who they cannot count on to show up and honor his contract? I suppose someone would want the guy, but I wouldn’t let him in my locker room.

    Honor what contract? He honored his rookie contract. The last two years have been 1 year tenders because he’s stuck. He signed last year’s tender and played. This year he didn’t sign his tender and he’s not playing. Pittsburgh needs to find a trade partner that will pay him what he’s looking for. How about Gurley money? 4 years 60 million 45 million guaranteed.

  30. LeVeon is arguably one of the best RB’s currently in the game, he will walk and the Steelers will get absolutely nothing. Yet the Raiders traded Khalil for 2 first rounders and saved 141mil in cap space…. That’s a hard one to swallow eh Black and Yellow?

  31. “If he simply sits himself for the year does that time toll on his contract or would still owe Pittsburgh a year of football?”

    The Steelers still own his rights if he refuses to sign the tag and they don’t withdraw the offer.

  32. This doesn’t happen if Pittsburgh doesn’t tag Bell…Remember who started this…Bell honored the original 4 year deal he signed…there’s no honor in tagging someone twice…

    The players also agreed to the CBA….live or die by it.

    What seems many a moons ago in the constant news cycle, it was reported the Steelers only offered a long term deal with $10M guaranteed. Considering he’s guaranteed $14.5M at signing of the tag, I call hogwash on that one report (likely agent). What’s more likely, Bell told some players what their offer was and now they are speaking out without him showing since he was likely offered a substantial deal. Now they’re sour with him.

  33. It’s simple. Pay him or let him walk. The Fanchise Tag is such BS! The club has a clause to keep your rights without committing long term. It leaves the players with only one move, and that is to hold out. When have you ever signed a contract that one party has the power to extend the contract after it expires without default or the other party’s consent? Its lawful bullying.

  34. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:30 pm
    “If he simply sits himself for the year does that time toll on his contract or would still owe Pittsburgh a year of football?”

    The Steelers still own his rights if he refuses to sign the tag and they don’t withdraw the offer.
    ———————-
    I know thats true the rest of this year, but at the start of next year would they still hold his rights for the season?

    And if so…

    If they were to franchise again does it count as his second ir still first tag if this one never got signed.

    Thanks for responding with an answer, my original question got tons of up and diwn votes but only you answered it.

  35. Players often don’t hold anything against other players when it comes to contracts/money, so it’s a little surprising Steelers players are reacting the way they are. Gives the impression they either made an assumption or were led to believe something that didn’t transpire. That being said; Tomlin needs to step in and tell his team to end the comment-mill regarding Bell or anything else unless it has to do with Week 1/Cleveland. Tomlin’s teams have a history of ‘playing down’ to the competition and the Browns aren’t going down easy, in my opinion. Talking about Bell means the focus isn’t on the Browns and they run the risk of being bitten in the butt, again.

  36. still wondering why the gm kevin colbert would guarantee a player certain rights then cry when player excercises said rights.

    steelers should get a good gm like john dorsey of the browns.

  37. People crying about the franchise tag, players negotiated their CBA and that was part of it.

    Smith is a moron and has done more to hurt the players than helped.

    Next go, be prepared to give up something to get rid of the tag…

  38. You can’t have it both ways. The Steelers treat their best players as stars, not regular guys.

    The tagged him two years in a row after 400+ touches in both years. He called their bluff and now they need to win without him to call his.

  39. Again the Steelers tried to pay him. $70M @ 5 years but Bell turned it down and they tagged him. A running back with lots of wear already is not gonna be able to demand quarterback money.

  40. Bell can sit out until November and still accrue a year of service. Strategically, that’s his best option if he wants to play hardball, which is what the Steelers are playing.

  41. Bell is just using his rights under the collective bargaining agreement just like the Steelers did. They did not want to give him security so Bell fought back using the rules of the CBA. I don’t blame him.
    We all know if he came in to camp on time, broke his leg which resulted in him losing a step, he would lose tens of millions of dollars. He is looking for a contract that would pay him what he is worth according to the market, say 5 years, 75 million with 40 million guaranteed.
    His lifelong earning potential is more important than the Steelers. He has a skill that allows him to be po aid well. The Steelers are using everything in their power to maximize what benefits them and so should he.
    His teammates are actually very dumb. They should realize with contracts that are not guaranteed you have to individually look out for yourself. By speaking out they are hurting every single player in the league.

  42. Dallas Henry says:
    September 5, 2018 at 7:38 pm
    It’s simple. Pay him or let him walk. The Fanchise Tag is such BS! The club has a clause to keep your rights without committing long term. It leaves the players with only one move, and that is to hold out. When have you ever signed a contract that one party has the power to extend the contract after it expires without default or the other party’s consent? Its lawful bullying.

    ——–
    It’s in the CBA. Nothing is going to change for years. The vast majority of the players will never be affected by a franchise tag. The vast majority of the players are of the “some guy” variety with their names velcroed on instead of sewn on. Most of those players that voted on the CBA aren’t even in the league anymore.

    Next time, what’s in it for them to even care about the franchise tag? What bone are the stars of the league willing to toss the velcro guys so the velcro guys give a rip about the rarefied franchise tag?

    Will the stars be willing to give a higher percentage of the cap to the no names at stars expense? In exchange will the no names are on board in only voting for a 1 year tag?

    Is Bell getting screwed? Yeah. Multiple years of forced employment is just wrong regardless of the big dollars involved. The players agreed to the screwing because Bells situation will never happen to the majority, hence the majority doesn’t give it top priority.

  43. But, but, but…teams should just pay these guys right? You said so with the Mack situation. Let’s not go back on your rationale now.

    We have all said these contracts and holdouts were ridiculous. Now that a players teammates bash him, you think they are right? Good grief…you flop more than soccer players.

    They should trade Bell if he signs the tender or let him sit…send a message. Get greedy and go somewhere else.

  44. You have to shake your head about these Steeler ‘teammates’ who demagogue fans against their team’s star running back. One of these OL’s even said, “We’re the guys who do it for him.”. Maybe the team can stick one of them in the backfield and I’m sure he’ll run to daylight. Time for a new team, Le’Veon.

  45. Bell is not getting screwed and he’s not being “forced” to work. Enough already with this millennial insanity.

  46. The sooner the Steelers remove this player from the team the better! If this continues the Steelers will begin to lose focus and lo lose games. Rescind the tag and forget about the bum He never see that money in free agency and he’ll be out of football in two years!

  47. Make no mistake….as tight as the Steelers are…those guys arent speaking out against Bell without the Steelers organization signing off.

    The Steelers made this personal by refusing to give him long term security. He’s only exercising his rights.

    What the Steelers are doing here is like poking a bearand being surprised when it bites back. Do the right thing and rescind the tender.

  48. This is all the Steelers fault for being too cheap! The NFL is a billion dollar operation, if they want to pay you, money is no object. They work Bell like a dog, you Steeler fans are mad because you know your team’s going to be hurting without him. Not buying the can only pay one player big money narrative, who else is making any money besides Ben.This is good for my Ravens!

  49. The players are speaking out because of his bs.. if he wants to hold out until the tenth week becasue thats the only leverage he has, and he wants to protect himself, than just say so. Even the steelers brass would business wise understand that, but this guessing game isn’t going to change his contract status for this year and its not going to help his future either. The only logical reason to do this is becasue he is either hoping they rescind the offer, so he can shop his services elsewhere (which wont happen) or hes really not prepared to start the season. I think the steelers are handling it the proper way. He’s got a offer on the table and when hes ready to come play, they will be there ready to bring him on with open arms, but there not going to cave to his demands either. So he can come play for whats on the table or stay home until he has to report, but there prepared to move forward with whatever the outcome may be.

  50. Let Bell do what he thinks is best. Nowadays in the NFL, RBs don’t stay in their prime too long anymore. Gotta get paid when you can. No complaints from a fan here because we all know the NFL and owners milk each player as much as they can then throw them away as soon as they’re no longer useful. There’s no point of being loyal to a team because few teams are loyal to their long time veterans. We see once great players released year after year.

  51. Under Tomlin the Steelers appear lazy and entitled. Bell epitomizes that coaching style. Good luck Steeler fans.

  52. Franchise tag…NOPE! In a few years he may not be able to get put of bed without pain….get some guaranteed money young man. What would you tell your son/brother?
    And none of that “for the team and organization” crap!

  53. Just because Belle can still acrue a year of service by week 10 coming back doesn’t mean he’ll be welcomed back. By that time the Pittsburg Rusty Nails will know if they will sink or swim without him. If they succeed, the Belle can go pound sand.

  54. Since he’s not under contract, the NFL can’t give him a drug test. He’s only one bad test away from a one year suspension so perhaps he’s staying away until he’s clean enough to pass. Or maybe he’s in even worse shape than he was when he showed up last year.

  55. Time the owners decide these are the type players not needed in the NFL. The me attitude, the I attitude is truly the downfall for the league. Players as Bell forget the line that blocks for him or the QB’s that pass to him for all his stats. the system he has done well in for his own greed, when offered a more than fair deal. Now he and his made up name agent want to play word games on social media and read between the lines to the GM and head coach, classless to the organizations as well as players in the locker room. Other teams take notice this is who wants to go into free agency to hold you at bay as well. Waken up other players this is who wants to be in your locker room.

  56. If I’m a Steeler fan or part of the organization I’m pissed. But I’m not so therefore I respect his decision. It’s his life, his career, his money. Nobody is going to pay his bills or feed his family for him. So if he feels like he deserves better it’s his right. Besides the Steelers knew things would play out this way. When he made it clear last season that he would not except another franchise tag.

  57. weepingjebus says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:46 pm

    speculating that the Patriots were coming apart.
    ¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
    It’s not speculation, it’s a fact. The PEDtriots are finished.

  58. Anyone consider he’s hurt? That’s the sudden change. Has anyone seen him is he 500 lbs? Maybe he didn’t get in game shape like he said. Everything he does this season is just to promote his brand, not the team. He and his agent told everyone he was going to have his best season yet. So I could see his teammates being upset, but they are jumping the gun, he’s never played more than 14 games so he still has time to keep his word.

  59. If Bell wants to pass up $850k per week to save himself for next year, that’s his choice. He’s already guaranteed to lose $1.7mm as no way the Steelers play him in week 1 or 2, and they’ll get a roster exemption for the first two weeks even if he shows up tonight. Seems short sighted to me, but someone will overpay for him next year, that’s a given, so maybe it’s not so dumb. Although you are screwing your brothers, your teammates, and how does he live with that?

  60. nate elter says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:26 pm
    I hope they run him 600 times
    – – – – — – – — – –
    I hope he fumbles 600 times

  61. Whether anyone likes it or not he is exercising his rights under the CBA and the laws of the land. The reality is the Steelers are happy to use him up and throw him away. They demand his blood sweat and tears he just wants the right to set the price. Cut him and let him be a FREE agent and let the market find his price. The Steelers can still sign him and there is no mystery as to his market value.

  62. I would be surprised if this strategy works for Bell. Generally, teams don’t want to spend big on RB’s anymore. There is no guarantee another team will be willing to give him the big payday he’s looking for.

  63. The tags are the damn problem. The teams are no longer exposed to cap destruction via draft picks. The NFL rookie salary structure has rectified that. They get 4-5 years of team control at a very reasonable price. If the player is any good, they likely have made out very well as a result. Now they don’t want to sign them to long term deals because they can just tag them for 2-3 more years. By that time the player is 28-30 years old.

    Maybe that’s no big deal for a star QB, because they can play until their 40 now…but they always get their money anyway. However, there is a good chance you won’t even play 10 years at any other position on the field. The average NFL career is like 3 years. These “Divas” are screwing their teams now because it’s probably the only chance they will have to cash in before they retire, or are retired, due to injury. Everyone takes more hits than the QB, even receivers…but the league is trying to outlaw that too now.

    I’m a Raider fan, and I’m bummed about Mack, but he wanted to be the highest paid defensive player ever! That’s a little much, especially if you’re under contract for another year making $14 million (top 5 money for your position). That’s being greedy. If the Raiders had tagged him for 2 years, I might be more inclined to see his side of things.

    Bell plays a position that is way undervalued in today’s NFL. Only a few teams pay for elite running backs. They get paid less, their career is shorter, and they take tons of hits. I’m not mad that he wants out. In fairness, he’s an elite rusher, a good blocker, and arguable your 2nd or 3rd best receiver. If the Steelers believe they made a fair offer, and he declined, just let him go so you can both move on. Teams want to have their cake and eat it too. It’s not all about the players.

    Contracts should be a max of 4 years on a rookie deal. Veteran contracts should be short with more guaranteed money, and the tags should go away. Problem solved. I’m also in favor of establishing “Max contracts” (by position of course) like the NBA. Then we can quit catering to spoiled brats who have to be the highest paid at their position, just because they signed 2 days later than the last guy. Come on man! That’s all greed and ego. There is a reasonable middle ground. The players share the same pie. The grinders always get screwed.

    I love Bell’s game. If Pittsburgh let’s him walk, I can’t blame them. Bell probably won’t make as much annually, but he will probably land a longer deal with more guaranteed loot. Somebody has money to burn and a QB that could sure use the help.

  64. Steelers have no leverage and Bell knows it. How can the Steelers hurt him, they can’t, go ahead and start Connor. Conner is not a 3 down rb like Bell and Connor can’t play receiver like Bell either. You have a Steelers team that won’t even rescind the tag because they know what losing Bell means. The raiders weren’t willing to pay Khalil Mack so they traded him. Dolphins weren’t willing to pay Jarvis Landry so they traded him. Both Landry and Mack could of gotten stuck under the tag but that doesn’t look good going forward with other players. The Steelers are holding their entire franchise hostage. Either trade him or pay him. Steelers have absolutely no leverage in this contract battle.

  65. eaglesmaina says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Bell is smart. They won’t win without him. Wait a few weeks then they will change their tune.

    ————————–
    Actually, Bell is an idiot. 1) Steelers had a winning record without him in the game.
    2) If he holds out to week 10, he’s set to lose $8 million. That’s money he’ll never get back. Bell’s not going to get the deal he wants from any team. They just aren’t going to pay a running back QB money. He needs to fire his agent, eat some crow and report to his team.

  66. Somebody’s going to offer him a huge contract next year? I think there’s some overconfidence on that.

  67. Maybe the organization planted the idea in players heads that he’d be back this week knowing that if he didn’t show up the players would turn on them and do managements dirty works

  68. Why is it that some folks, and always the same folks, always think the biggest jerk on a team is the smartest? I get how unions work, that’as why I quit a job at 18yo that could have been a job for life but the rank & file were unbearable to work with. I understand the teams position as I have been on the Finance Committee in my town, have run my own business and prepare financials every day.

    You “pay the man” people really are clueless.

  69. fartweasel says:
    September 5, 2018 at 9:45 pm
    Under Tomlin the Steelers appear lazy and entitled. Bell epitomizes that coaching style. Good luck Steeler fans.
    _____________________________________________________
    In 11 years of coaching, Tomlin has gone to two Super Bowls, winning one and has made the playoffs 7 times. They draft premium players even when picking low and always field competitive teams even in their down years. I loathe the Steelers but know when a coach is running his team right.

  70. And there will never be a head coach change in Pittsburgh. Because of the Rooney rule. So, the stillers are stuck on both fronts.

  71. He was a terrific find in the 2nd round, but no way can a guy who is either hurt, suspended, holding out, or antagonizing his teammates & coaches be considered the best RB in football.

    Players have to realize (and the smart ones do) the TEAM will always get the better deal, sometimes by a bit, sometimes by a lot. They’re employers. It’s not personal. Good luck on your next team, Bell.

  72. “Quickly disintegrates” is exactly what happened to the PEDtriots chance to win the superbowl, after Tom “Throw a flag to bail me out on 3rd down” Brady fumbled away his last chance to win a superbowl.

  73. nfcleast says:
    September 5, 2018 at 9:16 pm
    Make no mistake….as tight as the Steelers are…those guys arent speaking out against Bell without the Steelers organization signing off.

    —————-
    They are not tight at all. In this case their notorious lack of discipline actually defends them because it means you cant just assume its the organization pulling strings.

  74. 667s650w says:
    September 5, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    Again the Steelers tried to pay him. $70M @ 5 years but Bell turned it down and they tagged him. A running back with lots of wear already is not gonna be able to demand quarterback money.

    You are forgetting the most important part of the statement, ONLY 10 mil guaranteed? So in essense it was just a 10 mil contract. And you think he should have signed that? LOL

  75. JustBlameTrumpOrRussia says:
    September 6, 2018 at 8:39 am
    “Quickly disintegrates” is exactly what happened to the PEDtriots chance to win the superbowl, after Tom “Throw a flag to bail me out on 3rd down” Brady fumbled away his last chance to win a superbowl.

    Yup, NE lost one of 8 Super Bowls in the Brady era. Hooray for you. Feel better now?

  76. Whatever the blue-collar commentors here wanna get all jealous about, it’s extremely taboo and low-class in pro sports for players to comment about other players’ paychecks.

  77. Its obvious the team wont pay him what he desires so just trade him.they have other qualified backs to replace him unlike Oakland when they traded Mack.all good things come to an end and that time has arrived in Pittsburg.he doesn’t want to be there at what they are paying him so be done with him once and for all.

  78. You can roast the Steelers all you want for franchising him twice, but they offered him a contract that would have made him the highest paid RB and it’s still not enough for him. He already had 40 million in the bank. Can’t tell him apart from Darrelle Revis, he was all about the money too.

  79. Contracts should be a max of 4 years on a rookie deal. Veteran contracts should be short with more guaranteed money, and the tags should go away. Problem solved. I’m also in favor of establishing “Max contracts” (by position of course) like the NBA.
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    You can’t compare the NFL and NBA with regards to guaranteed contracts. The sheer potential for injury in the NFL is much higher than the NBA, which is why the NBA can offer these mega-guaranteed deals.

    In reality, there should be something done with how a contract affects the salary cap for a player that’s put on IR – maybe some type of pro-rated allowance of a certain % so that NFL players can get paid guaranteed money but the team can divert some of the injury risk that allows them to add a player to the roster to fill an injury spot without killing the cap.

  80. It’s obvious that Bell fully knows he’s degrading quickly and is scared to take the field, exposing that fact to the World on the field…before he gets paid like he hasn’t.

  81. To everyone who says Bell is worth the money, ask yourself how good has Bell been in the playoffs? Wasn’t he the one suspended for drug violations? How much help was he then? When it is time to step up, he is hurt or a no-show. Not a team player….no one player is above the team.

  82. Eh…I would let him eventually show up to sign the franchise tender, and as he is sitting in front of me, rip it up and rescind the tag. Let him become a FA that way, and then you get to carry the money over until next year.

    No time for brats. Give the money to the blockers who did pretty well this week.

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