Does Le’Veon Bell already know where he’ll play in 2019?

New York Daily News

It’s now known that running back Le'Veon Bell won’t play this year. It’s not known where he will play next year.

Unless, of course, Bell already knows where he will play next year.

It would be naive, to say the least, to assume that Bell and his agent haven’t engaged in off-the-record, hypothetical discussions about the money that would be available to Bell on the open market in March. Before refusing to walk through Door No. 1, Bell needed to know what is lurking behind Door No. 2.

It’s called “gauging the market.” Technically, it’s tampering. As a practical matter, it’s a key component of the services that agents provide to their clients. The best agents have relationships founded on trust with executives throughout the league, allowing those communications to happen without fear that the executive will be burned, or that the hypothetical numbers won’t ultimately become concrete offers.

Some believe the Jets will be at the front of the line for Bell. In recent comments, G.M. Mike Maccagnan made it clear that his team will be using plenty of cash and cap space next year on free agents.

“This is an offseason we feel really good about,” Maccagnan said. “We’ve done a lot of work already and we’re going to do a lot more work [in] free agency. . . . Right now, we think there are a lot of good, young players in the [free agent] market potentially for next year. And we feel pretty well situated with our salary cap standpoint.

Bell is 26. He will have avoided a full season of wear and tear. He will be healthy and ready to go. He will be motivated to prove his critics wrong. He will be paid a ton of money by someone.

Indeed, Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News already has made the argument that the Jets should pursue Bell. There’s a decent chance he’s doing that because he’s already caught wind that the Jets plan to do just that.

There’s a decent chance Bell has caught wind of that, too.

126 responses to “Does Le’Veon Bell already know where he’ll play in 2019?

  1. Forget the 14 million, has anyone thought about what a bone headed move this will look like if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl?

  2. I mean, if you’re going to throw money at a RB (I wouldn’t) it’s better to do it with your QB on his rookie deal for 3-4 more years. So it makes some sense.

  3. no matter what team he is on next year Bell will play in a fantasy world where everybody and everything in the universe revolves around him

  4. I’ve figured it out, why he is skipping the entire season. I haven’t seen anyone else bring this up yet. He has been living the good life, partying it up in Miami all this time. We know from his previous NFL suspensions he likes to smoke stuff that isn’t legal.

    Is there ANYONE out there who thinks if he showed up and signed yesterday that Le’Veon would have passed a drug test? Ink to paper and before it was dry they would have handed him a cup because he’s been AWOL this whole time has he been randomly drug tested at all?

    I think Bell was smart on this one, at least smart enough to know he would have been put on the shelf with a year long suspension if he showed up yesterday.

  5. I think everyone forgets what the open market can do for a guy. Sprinkle in a few big market GMs trying to drive interest, ticket sales and a few extra wins to save his job, and this a recipe for this dude to get PAID. Will definitely be more than Gurley.

    Also curious to see how a year off affects his longevity.

  6. Bell turns 27 next February so he will be a 27-year-old FA with some declining per carry and per reception stats in 2017. I don’t think there will be the market you think there will be for him. He’ll get a good contract of course, but he’ll never break the bank at that age.

  7. There’s really no such thing as a purely hypothetical discussion when you talk to a player’s agent and ask if he’s possibly available and what sort of price, or “if we were to offer” etc, etc. Call it what it is – it’s an unofficial initial negotiation.

  8. RAAAAAIDERS! Le’Veon might’ve called Gruden about dying to play for him. In which case, I say let’s see if Jon is gonna be willing to pay top-dollar for a player who’s willing to sit out a whole yr when he’s unhappy w/ his contract. – Gr8 job, Le’Veon’s agent, whoever you are, way to sabotage your client’s reputation to the other 31 team owners in the league. I’m sure they’re all dying to pay your client now.

  9. This isn’t a Kirk Cousins situation that some people think it is. Cousins is a franchise QB that took a little less money because he wanted to play for a particular team. But it was in the ballpark of what other teams would have paid.
    Bell is a RB. A damn good one but a back nonetheless. He will be offered good money by only a few teams but it won’t be close to what he thinks it will be. His suspension history is the 800 pound gorilla in the room that is always ignored in these stories.

  10. amurdora says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Gonna love when Bell breaks the bank and all these fools talking about how stupid Bell is are proven wrong.
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    The only fool will be the GM that breaks the bank for him.

  11. It’s clear that Bell is only interested in the money. If he is interested in winning be would have signed the tag with the Steelers and try to struggle by on $14.5 million.

  12. I think 49ers makes more sense than the Jets. I understand the Jets have more cap space but the Niners have a lot also and also have a coach with a lot of promise.

  13. Fun fact, Le’Veon Bell grew up a Jets fan. Even throughout his college years he would root for them on gameday. As a Jets fan, it’d be nice to see him play there, but I don’t want to think about his future behind out horrendous offensive line.

  14. I believe you’ve missed the boat here, Florio. With all your recent write ups about Jon Gruden subjecting himself and the Raiders to tampering. One would have figured you would put two and two together here. As Bell being one of the players Gruden was referencing who wanted to come to Oakland.

  15. “He will be paid a ton of money by someone.”
    ++++++++++

    Well, odds are we will see. I’ll be patiently waiting to read the financial analysis here, when/if he signs with a new team, as to how much he gained or lost from sitting this year.

  16. jerruhjones says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:47 am
    Guys like Bell should be banned from the NFL.
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    Why? It’s his body, his money, his choice and he played by the rules. He had the right to sit out. So what’s your point? If you decide to leave your employer should you be banned from having another job.

  17. amurdora says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Gonna love when Bell breaks the bank and all these fools talking about how stupid Bell is are proven wrong.

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    There are defintitely teams that are dumb enough to pay him, but he will only be paid for a year or so. The Steelers haven’t seen a decline in HB production, neither did the Cowboys after Murray pulled a similar stunt. Offensive line is more responsible for the success of running the football than most people (including diva HB’s) care to admit. I don’t care who signs this distraction as long as it’s not my Seahawks.

  18. Most likely, he’ll wind up with a non-contender, get paid what he was already going to get paid had he played ball with the Steelers from the start, and will then be cut at the earliest opportunity by his new team when they are surprised to find that he really has no motivation other than cash and doesn’t change the team’s fortunes – in other words, exactly what he was with the Steelers.

  19. KCFinfan says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Forget the 14 million, has anyone thought about what a bone headed move this will look like if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl?

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    And Bell never gets to the SB or a ring. He’ll fall into a state of mediocrity getting paid a lot of money on a very bad team, becomes frustrated and a distraction within 2 years. He’ll get released because of his huge contract since it doesn’t make sense to spend so much money on a RB when the team isn’t even competitive.

  20. His best fit will be with Indy. And the money, especially the guaranteed money, will be plentiful.

    Give Luck a true RB with the skills to operate in the slot, and it will be money well spent.

  21. No question he is a great running back. Having said that, I personally would never give a running back a big fat contract. But Im guessing someone will and this will pay off for him. Im also betting whoever it is will regret it.

  22. joshr99164 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:46 am
    If I’m the Colts, I would think about giving Andrew Luck a running back who has caught 160 passes over his last two seasons.
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    No thanks, Colts should be good with Mack. The Colts don’t need to break the bank in a RB because the offense is performing good. The Colts just need a few more pieces on defense to be competitive again.

  23. Right now, we think there are a lot of good, young players in the [free agent] market potentially for next year. And we feel pretty well situated with our salary cap standpoint.

    If you drafted properly, you wouldn’t be spending all that money on players outside of your club.

  24. joshr99164 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:46 am

    If I’m the Colts, I would think about giving Andrew Luck a running back who has caught 160 passes over his last two seasons.
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    It’s not hard to catch passes when the QB just dumps them off to you for little yardage. Bell is a good pass catcher but last season, he caught tons of dumpoffs that did very little to move the chains. Sort of like what Barkley is doing, 8 catches for 40 yards is going to hurt your offense.

  25. What’s more important is the blocking scheme of the O-Line. Bell thrived in the Steelers ZBS as it opened up seams for him to choose. Not sure if he would be as successful in a traditional power or gap scheme where he’s designed for a specific hole.

  26. Rdog says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Dez Bryant had avoided a lot of wear and tear this season too, and look what happened to him…
    —‘
    Yeah. He tried to come back in the middle of the season when he wasn’t football ready and tore his acl while playing on the vet minimum. So you basically are affirming Bell did the right thing at this point in order to hit free agency healthy and sign a big contract. He also will be afforded the opportunity of going through training camp to get football ready. What point were you trying to make?

  27. As a Colts fan, I think our money would be better spent elsewhere. Would he be an upgrade to Marlon Mack? Absolutely. Would the size of the gap between Mack and Bell be greater or equal to the Colts paying some star to upgrade our defensive line or secondary? Doubtful. We have bigger fish to fry than at the RB position.

  28. waynefontesismyfather says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:50 am
    I’ve figured it out, why he is skipping the entire season. I haven’t seen anyone else bring this up yet. He has been living the good life, partying it up in Miami all this time. We know from his previous NFL suspensions he likes to smoke stuff that isn’t legal.

    Is there ANYONE out there who thinks if he showed up and signed yesterday that Le’Veon would have passed a drug test? Ink to paper and before it was dry they would have handed him a cup because he’s been AWOL this whole time has he been randomly drug tested at all?

    I think Bell was smart on this one, at least smart enough to know he would have been put on the shelf with a year long suspension if he showed up yesterday.

    I’ve read this “theory” several times. You have not a unique way of thinking.

  29. It is crazy that Le’Veon will go almost a year and a half without any NFL income. His last game check was probably in December of 2017. His next payment will probably be March of 2019 from his guaranteed free agent contract amount. Something needs to change with the NFL system. A five year vet should not have to sit out a season to make sure he gets a decent chance at a good free agency.

  30. The Steelers should open a tampering case against Bell and his agent with the league. If they have engaged in any conversations with out team’s they need to receive compensation from those teams. I want to see his agents email and phone conversations subponeaed. This could get really, really fun.

  31. jerruhjones says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

    Guys like Bell should be banned from the NFL.

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    Teams that franchise tags running backs should lose a draft pick.

    Preventing a player who plays the most unforgivable position in the sport from earning as much as he can after he already honored his original contract is so dishonorable…

    People always say players should honor their contracts…which is exactly what Bell did!!! Where is the honor in what the Steelers organization did? They abused the franchise tag because the value was lower than market value… That is dirty!!! Especially coming from an organization that allegedly champions giving minorities a hiring advantage…

  32. Good for Bell. The franchise tag is the most absurd provision in any CBA in any major sport. Hope the players are prepared for a long lock out in order to get a CBA more equal to what the NBA and MLB enjoys.

  33. Why is everyone wasting their time on this guy. If the NFL survived without Johnny Unitas, Dick Butkus, Gsle Sayers and Jim Brown……………..who does this clown think he is?!?!?!?!?!

  34. There will be no football come 2021. Players will have to strike for guaranteed money like every other sport.

  35. The Steelers replaced Bell with a third round pick making $578,000 and haven’t missed a beat. Good luck to the GM crazy enough to give a running back $14,000,000+. The Steelers tried but ultimately dodged a bullet.

  36. He may be 26 now but he’ll turn 27 in three months. In NFL terms, he’s not exactly young anymore. The Jets are probably the one team stupid enough to make him the highest paid RB in the league. I can’t wait to see Bell’s numbers drop like a stone then start complaining about going 3-13 or 4-12 every year.

  37. “Guys like Bell should be banned from the NFL.”
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    Yeah, it’s just horrible when guys do things totally within their rights.

  38. For me, it’s both surprising that Bell would turn down 14.5 million dollars and hope for a big contract and idiotic that the franchise tag allows a team to do this to a player in their prime.

    If a guy loves football, why not play and take the money? It’s got to be better than sitting around for a year. Sure it’s his right to go for more, but I feel like his teenage self would call him crazy if he could go back in time to ask.

    At the same time, they have to fix the franchise tag so you can’t lock up a rookie for 6 years that is an elite player in the league. It makes no sense for great RBs at least. That’s their whole career.

    For a guy like Bell a team should have to pay the QB tag number on the first franchise tag.

  39. 6thsense10 says:

    November 14, 2018 at 11:22 am

    Rdog says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Dez Bryant had avoided a lot of wear and tear this season too, and look what happened to him…
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    Yeah. He tried to come back in the middle of the season when he wasn’t football ready and tore his acl while playing on the vet minimum. So you basically are affirming Bell did the right thing at this point in order to hit free agency healthy and sign a big contract. He also will be afforded the opportunity of going through training camp to get football ready. What point were you trying to make?
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    But will he show up for training camp? Who knows with this guy… He hasn’t exactly had a history of being a team-first player.

    I’m saying that anyone can get injured. It doesn’t matter how “fresh” they are. It doesn’t matter how big their contract is. I was just responding to the “wear and tear” comment in the original post…

  40. Its funny how most of the fans of losing franchises would approve of their GM’s breaking the bank to sign Bell but that is why they are losing franchises.

    I doubt there are many fans from winning franchises that want to sacrifice the depth of the team to overpay a RB. The NFL today is all about balance and depth. That is why there are very few teams that have been successful trying to improve through FA. Just ask the Redskin fans how that has worked out under Dan Snyder.

  41. The obvious answer is the Las Vegas Raiders. Gruden has a ton of cap space and will want to win the Free Agency PR war. About halfwatmy through the season, everyone will realize that Bell was only good due to the great Steelers O-line and offensive scheme when he’s averaging 75 yards a game behind that pathetic Raider line.

  42. Check the salary cap situation of the various teams and you’ll see where he’s likely to go. I’d say, given their need at RB and their enormous amount of cap space, it’ll either be San Francisco or Indy. We play – we see. As a Browns fan, I’m just glad we won’t be playing against him on a regular basis.

  43. People always say players should honor their contracts…which is exactly what Bell did!!! Where is the honor in what the Steelers organization did? They abused the franchise tag because the value was lower than market value… That is dirty!!! Especially coming from an organization that allegedly champions giving minorities a hiring advantage…

    How did Pittsburgh abuse the franchise tag ??

    The Steelers did nothing wrong, they played by the rules of the CBA. Bell did the same, so your point is moot

  44. he has 3-4 good years left – it doesnt matter if those years start in 2018 or 2019 – it was a wise decision – he’ll get a gty of 20-22 with potential for 30-40.

    he’ll go to a team that has extar cash with a QB on his rookie deal

    Cleveland or NYJ

  45. It’s hard to imagine any team is willing to shell out the kind of money Bell wants, given his age/mileage, drug history and lack of commitment to the game and his teammates.

    It would be the dumbest move since the Herschel Walker trade.

  46. I don’t get all the animosity on either side. The Steelers had the right to tag him, he had the right to not sign. Both decisions were based on the perceived benefit of each entity.
    Now if the team promised not to use the tag again, then did, that’s dirty pool. If the player promised to show up by week X, then didn’t, that’s dishonest.
    Will other teams offer him less because of his holdout? Maybe.
    Will some players be leery about signing a contract with the team because of the double-tagging? Maybe.
    We’ll see where it goes.

  47. Technically, it’s tampering.
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    The level of hypocrisy and complete lack of self-awareness by the leader of this site is both sad and hilarious. He has no problem condoning violations that adhere to his political principles. Ever see him make a statement like “Technically it’s collusion…” Nope. Never.

  48. Hold-outs like this one are a real bummer for fans and the league. In the next contract, what would it take to change the terms so holding out isn’t so player friendly? Whatever it takes, the league should pursue it.

  49. wizahdry
    Nov 14, 2018, 11:26 AM EST
    It is crazy that Le’Veon will go almost a year and a half without any NFL income. His last game check was probably in December of 2017. His next payment will probably be March of 2019 from his guaranteed free agent contract amount. Something needs to change with the NFL system. A five year vet should not have to sit out a season to make sure he gets a decent chance at a good free agency.

    While the system is far from perfect, you do realize it was Bell’s decision to sit out the year and not earn $14.5 million. Also remember this system was negotiated by the players during the CBA. I do agree that it needs to be tweaked a little bit this still does fall on the player. If Bell had accepted the Franchise Tag and played this year you wouldn’t be complaining that he got screwed cause he’d be making almost $15 million for one year. So while the system makes it take longer to be become a free agent, the player earns a raise very time they apply the Tag

  50. He will get a sizable contract as he can play and has a few more years in him because of his running style. One team you can cross of the list that I have seen mentioned is the Packers. Not going to pay a RB that kind of money with what they pay Rodgers. Any left over money needs to go to the pass rusher and O-line.

  51. Whichever team gets Bell is getting a selfish player who only cares about himself and not the team. He will look like the next average back unless you have an offensive line like the Steelers. Beware buyer!

  52. I’m having Gary Anderson flashbacks to the 80’s. Trying to recall a player that sat out a year and had this work well for him. The time away affects a lot of things, not to mentions serious questions about what shape he’ll be in. Tough to say how guarded teams will be. It only takes one big offer and I’m sure he’ll take the biggest just to save face. The year Connor is having has to hurt. How many great years does a typical NFL RB have after age 27?…

  53. ben dover says: “There will be no football come 2021. Players will have to strike for guaranteed money like every other sport.”
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    Right. Because NFL players with an average career lifespan of 3.5 years will sacrifice an entire year of earnings for the good of the brotherhood…

    You’re almost as dumb as Bell. Almost.

  54. arealisticpackerfan says:
    November 14, 2018 at 11:36 am
    The Steelers replaced Bell with a third round pick making $578,000 and haven’t missed a beat. Good luck to the GM crazy enough to give a running back $14,000,000+. The Steelers tried but ultimately dodged a bullet.
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    Maybe yours should try. You’ve gone through 100 backs and haven’t had a decent one since Jim Taylor. May if your GM was “crazy enough” he’d give Rodgers a real weapon back there instead of wasting his prime years improvising every play and getting killed.

    #rblivesmatter

  55. Bell had an O-line that made running much easier.
    He also had the benefit of Antonio and JuJu needing coverage.
    Something tells me his numbers are going down when he does go somewhere.
    There’s a GM out there desperate enough, but it ain’t gonna be pretty.

  56. I’m not too sure how smart it was for Bell to walk away from $14M this season.
    Next year he’ll be 27, and looking for a contract that at a minimum runs three years and pays $18.66M/per just to stay where he is and make up what he missed this year.

  57. Here is how the non-tampering tampering works:

    Agent(to NFL executive): If I theoretically had a RB with Bell’s stat lines and his ability to run and catch the ball, with his ability to be patient for the hole to open up and then exploit it with his combo of power and burst, what would you hypothetically offer by way of a FA contract in 2019 and what is the likelihood that you would actually tender said offer and sign this fictional free agent.

    NFL Exec: Well I would be 100% in the market for that player and offer him a contract similar to Gurley’s which is 4 years $60M, with $21M at the time of signing and $45M guaranteed.

    Agent: Oh, ok well an unnamed team (Steelers) offered a player that I know about (Bell) a headline grabbing contract of $70M over 5 years, but with only $10M guaranteed at signing and a contract that is essentially year to year with a low first year base to offset the $10M signing bonus . . . so your offer and the deal that Gurley signed is really worth a h3ll of a lot more than what Pittsburgh – – – oops, the unnamed team offered Bell – – – oops my fictional potential 2019 free agent!

  58. Bell did the right thing. He’s gonna get paid. To bad it had to come to this. Running backs get so much wear and tear, are a vital component to an offense, and have an incredibly short window of play. He deserves his money. He’s the best RB in the NFL (behind Hunt of course)

  59. KCFinfan says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Forget the 14 million, has anyone thought about what a bone headed move this will look like if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl?
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    I am going to go out on a limb and say winning a Super Bowl does not really matter all that much to Le’Veon.

  60. Well we will see, who would spend all this money on a player that had not played a complete year in three and sat this year, one who played games with fellow teammates , also a player more concerned about getting hurt and stats than playin on a competitive team.

  61. its gotta be brutal being a jets fan. building a team through free agency. cause what could go wrong there? the jets need to draft with a plan, find a core of players, and add to it. they need an oline, and a dline. they should be concentrating on that first before they sign some fringe rb that wont fit their system. unfortunately all the owners of the jets care about is revenue, so big splash free agent signings will meet that agenda for 2019 at least. i guess theyll just worry about 2020 when it is the end of 2019. good luck jets fans.

  62. Rdog says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Dez Bryant had avoided a lot of wear and tear this season too, and look what happened to him…
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    Dez avoided wear but not tear…

  63. “Forget the 14 million, has anyone thought about what a bone headed move this will look like if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl?”

    Tiki Barber found out when he quit the Giants and they won the SB the next year. How did that taste, Tiki?

  64. “It’s clear that Bell is only interested in the money. If he is interested in winning he would have signed the Steelers tag and tried to struggle by on $14.5 million”.
    ____________

    Of course Bell is “only” interested in the money. He is a professional, he gets paid to play well, not necessarily to win.

    This is the concept that fanboys cannot comprehend. The individual player’s primary goal is not, and should not be, to win. The player’s goal is to maximize his performance, thus maximizing his potential part of a successful team. It is the coaches’ and front office’s jobs to mold those those individual players into a winning team, assuming that is the particular organization’s goal for that season.

  65. chinahand11 says:
    November 14, 2018 at 1:09 pm

    “Forget the 14 million, has anyone thought about what a bone headed move this will look like if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl?”
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    Do you think Bell actually cares about winning a SB? He has never shown much interest in that in the past.

  66. Cleveland has Chubb. Baltimore has 26.5M dead cap hit on Flacco in 2019. Bell doesn’t make sense either of those 2 places.

  67. It is the coaches’ and front office’s jobs to mold those those individual players into a winning team, assuming that is the particular organization’s goal for that season.

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    Which the Steelers have done without Bell by replacing him with a 3rd round draft pick making under 600k – showing he isn’t worth anywhere close too the $14,000,000+ he thinks he’s worth.

  68. Maybe yours should try. You’ve gone through 100 backs and haven’t had a decent one since Jim Taylor. May if your GM was “crazy enough” he’d give Rodgers a real weapon back there instead of wasting his prime years improvising every play and getting killed.

    —-

    Ted Thompson already wasted Rodgers’ prime years. It’s all downhill from here.

  69. No doubt Bell will be highly sought after in Free Agency. However, considering all the success he’s had in Pittsburgh, I’m not so sure that success translates to a majority of the interested teams out there. He’s a great back, but he also possesses a very unique running style that a potential suitor / offensive line will need to adapt to.

  70. There is the distinct possibility that Bell will price himself out of the market and he won’t even play in 2019 if no team offers him a humongous multi-year contract with oodles of guaranteed money. Teams may only offer a one-year prove it contract in 2020 if he has not played for 2 seasons. If he turns down those, he can be out of football entirely. He is also getting closer to 30 and teams do not even like to sign 30 year old running backs for any price.

  71. Tennessee Titans – great D, good O line, mediocre Qb – no offensive stars, plays Pittsburgh twice a year, & needs a RB that can control a game that will make the D, the QB & their passing game a ton better. Plus, and maybe most importantly, he will instantly be the face of their franchise that will help to sell out tickets and increase their mercy sales. It’s a perfect match all the way round, and it would make the Titians a real contender, even with their so so QB.

  72. Can we please get rid of the franchise tag? It has not worked as intended. Players don’t stay or hold out and the relationship between player, team and fanbase is shattered. This is definitely not what the rule was intended for. It would just be easier to let the players move.

  73. Bell will get paid a boat-load, no doubt, by whomever decides to make that deal. It’s hard to say he’ll be any more/less successful than he’s been in Pittburgh, though. What kind of O-Line and QB situation will he be becoming a part of? Despite what Bell, himself, says about wanting to win and be the best (blah-blah-blah),the bottom line is the boat-load part. Bell doesn’t appear to be about winning, based on his decision this past spring to turn down a boat-load of money when the Steelers offered him a pretty healthy long-term contract. He’ll get his payday and fade away and if that’s all he wants, that okay.

  74. Good Lord, why do people try to make either side out as the villain in this issue? Someone commented above, about where was the honor from the Steelers….? Let’s answer that question with a question, what is so hard to comprehend that this is a “regulated” business? In the real world, this is how things operate. Both parties have acted within the rules of the CBA. If the players didn’t like the ideas put forth in the CBA, one of which was the franchise tag system, they and their representatives should not have ratified the CBA. Bell will get a good deal somewhere, but when you factor in what he has given up this year, it will be no better than what he was offered, and quite possibly, not nearly as good. Further, if winning is important, and maybe it isn’t to Bell, I highly doubt a current contender is going to break the bank for his services.

  75. Well managed teams don’t overpay the going salary for a position regardless of how much cap space they have, knowing that cap space is finite and can quickly run out as you continually need to maintain and replace your roster.

  76. KCFinfan says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:45 am
    Forget the 14 million, has anyone thought about what a bone headed move this will look like if the Steelers go on to win the Super Bowl?
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    Nope.

  77. As a Jets fan, I want zero part of Bell. But of course they will sign him because they are a disgraceful franchise

  78. Hmmm, I can sign this guy for a bajillion dollars knowing he’ll do my team like he did the Steelers if he ever has the chance… or I can draft a 21-year old stud RB out of college and ride him into the ground for 4/5 years on a rookie deal. No brainer.

  79. He may very well get the money he wants. But will he have the team around him as talented as the Steelers? And if some team pony’s up the money, will they have the cap space to put a good team together?

    Also if he has really exploited a loop-hole, do you really think that the Billionaire Boy’s club that is the NFL ownership won’t plug that asap? Remember these are people who don’t like when employees get the better or them.

    This off season will be interesting. Now can we get back to football?

  80. In order for Bell to make up the $14.5MM he lost this year, he has to make $85MM with $48MM guaranteed. He will never see that kind of money. He is a fool for not taking the $33MM guaranteed the Steelers reportedly offered him. That is phenomenal money for a guy that has had two major knee injuries, a suspension for drug use and the amount of touches he has had. Also, keep in mind, he played behind a very good offensive line and the scheme fit. He will not be as successful on his next team nor will he see the kind of money he needs to make up for what he didn’t earn this year.

  81. “Bell is 26. He will have avoided a full season of wear and tear. He will be healthy and ready to go. He will be motivated to prove his critics wrong.”

    One of these sentences is not like the others. (Hint to Florio – it’s #3)

  82. jerruhjones says:
    November 14, 2018 at 10:47 am
    Guys like Bell should be banned from the NFL.
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    And why is that exactly? Because he made a business decision? What about the ownership that played hardball with him? Wake up cupcake, it’s only a sport to the fans.

  83. A good running back is a lot easier to find than a good quarterback. Running backs do not have as much bargaining power as a result. Only 2 running backs were picked in the first round of the draft in 2018 (Saquon Barkley and Rashad Penny). That means even if a team drafts really late, it is possible to find someone who is a leading rusher in this league. Cleveland drafted Nick Chubb in the second round, and he is doing well. I cannot see any team paying Le’Veon Bell a lot of money since they can find a good one easily in the draft if they do their homework. Seattle picked Rashad Penny because they failed to their homework and drafted someone projected to go in the second to third round using a first round pick.

  84. Of the more than 50 teams that have won the Super Bowl, only 3 of them have a running back that led the league in rushing that same year. The Dallas Cowpies won 2 Super Bowls while Emmitt Smith led the league in rushing. Terrell Davis of Denver led the league in rushing and the Broncos won the Super Bowl that year. All 3 of these Super Bowl winning teams also have HOF quarterbakcs in Troy Aikman and John Elway. That shows how unimportant it is to have the league’s leading rusher when it comes to winning super bowls. Why pay a running back lots of money if he cannot win a Super Bowl for your team without a HOF quarterback in the same team?

  85. omeimontis says:
    November 14, 2018 at 5:40 pm
    Only 2 running backs were picked in the first round of the draft in 2018 (Saquon Barkley and Rashad Penny).
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    There were 3 running backs selected in the first round in 2018.

  86. The Jets would be a fine spot for Le’Veon so long as they don’t mind him sitting out the games against New England. Steelers learned that the hard way.

  87. >>“This is an offseason we feel really good about,” Maccagnan said. “We’ve done a lot of work already and we’re going to do a lot more work [in] free agency.

    Translation: I’ve been here 4 years and have drafted poorly. I don’t have anyone worth paying so am forced to over spend in free agency.

    I’m also on the hot seat so of course I’m going to spend like a drunken sailor.

  88. As a Steelers fan, I hope who ever he signs with pays him as much or more than the Steelers offered ($70mil/5yrs)…that way I can enjoy watching that team’s demise as a direct result of not being able to put quality talent around him because they over paid 1 guy.

  89. Just anywhere…and I do mean ANYWHERE but New England.

    The rest of us in the AFC East are trying to get rid of Brady…not give him a reason to play another 10 years!!!

  90. Maccagnan and Heimerdinger still hard at work through Manish Mehta. Tell everyone they will not be outbid for Le’Veon Bell and they have a Gurley – Goff combo in the making. It ain’t Roethlisberger at QB and AB isn’t on the outside and it sure as a heck isn’t Kevin Colbert at the Jets. It’s a kiss and hopefully make up gift idea for the owners. Anyone can sign Leveon Bell in free-agency and hit on top 5 draft picks. Few know how to run a football operation and build a team. Maccagnan and Heimerdinger have no clue. BTW the top 5 picks Maccagnan was able to have and “hit on”: Top 5 picks are a results of poor team building to begin with. Can’t pick that high unless your team’s record sucks which the Jets has. But Maccagnan has nothing to do with that. He has somehow earned more time. Best time for Jets to cut loose is now or they as may as well keep these guys the next 4 years because that is how far this off-season will set them back. (Trumaine Johnson, Spencer Long, etc.)

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