Le’Veon Bell’s full guarantee at signing: $25 million

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When evaluating the value of a contract paid to a player who plays the short-shelf-life position of NFL tailback, the most important factor continues to be fully guaranteed money.

Multiple reports emerging today peg the full guarantee at only $25 million, with total cash flow through two years of $26 million.

The cash flow through the first two years trails the $33 million that reportedly would have been paid to Bell under the offer from the Steelers that he rejected last year. That’s prompting many to say the Steelers gave Bell a “better offer.” But here’s the thing to remember: That offer carried only $20 million in fully-guaranteed payments.

With $14.54 million fully guaranteed under his franchise tender in 2018, would it have made sense to sign a long-term deal that consisted of only $5.46 million more in fully-guaranteed pay? Bell decided that it wouldn’t have.

The bigger, and thornier, question is whether it made sense to completely forego the $14.54 million for the fully-guaranteed payment he later received as an unrestricted free agent. That’s a much hotter button, with plenty of people insisting that he should have taken the $14.54 million and rolled the dice on making big money this year and others arguing that it made far more sense to preserve and protect the much larger payday by giving up a great-but-not-spectacular salary for what could have been a full season of rental-car type abuse by a team that knew Bell wasn’t coming back.

Clouding the issue of whether Bell should have given up $14.54 million last year to get $25 million this year is the fact that, overall, the contract he eventually signed isn’t nearly as good as it could have or should have been. For Bell to hit the open market and to fail to become the highest-paid running back in the NFL is, without question, a major disappointment. Whether it happened because Bell sat out all of last year or because only one team was seriously interested in Bell or because Bell’s agent misread the market or overplayed the hand or because teams were not-so-subtly retaliating against Bell for bucking the system or because the Todd Gurley knee situation has caused teams to err on the side of relying on younger, cheaper, and healthier options, Bell’s foray into free agency ended up being a bust.

In unrestricted free agency, good players get great contracts. Great players should get spectacular deals. The failure of Bell, a clearly great player, to get a spectacular deal represents a colossal failure.

But this doesn’t mean Bell made the wrong decision by avoiding $14.54 million and the physical pounding that may have gone along with it. He’s still getting $25 million no matter what happens moving forward. But he has no guarantees beyond the $26 million he’ll make over the first two years, including no injury guarantees into 2021 or 2020. He also has essentially promised not to hold out for more by tying $3 million in each of the final two years of the deal to reporting to training camp on time.

Again, he should have done better. But the presence of $25 million in full guarantees still makes it possible to argue persuasively that it made sense both to pass on $20 million in full guarantees on a long-term deal and to refuse to take $14.54 million for a final season with the Steelers that could have resulted in Bell being beaten to a pulp.

68 responses to “Le’Veon Bell’s full guarantee at signing: $25 million

  1. Somebody gave this kid some really bad advice. He is going to learn just how good he had it playing for a team with a great O-line, a HOF QB and top-notch receivers. Teams will be licking their chops and stacking the box to defend against Bell as a threat on the Jets.

  2. He should have showed up at least in the second half of the season to pick up half of that Franchise tender. That a lot of money that he let out the window.

  3. Do Steelers fans ever think that Bell just wanted out of Pittsburgh? Don’t you think it’s odd that Munchak also couldn’t wait to get away from the Steelers? I tend to think when classy guys and team captains like Kelvin Beachum and Steve McLendon are pining for a guy to come sign with their team in the offseason there’s a whole lot more to the story.

    Troll all you want but the Jets are actually in better shape than the Steelers. So are the Raiders, Bills, Browns, and the rest of the AFC.

  4. We’re still talking about this guy? He was utterly painful with his antics sitting out last year. Okay, he’s signed. He shouldn’t get any more publicity then any running back at any depth on a team’s roster now. He’s got to prove it all again. The tape doesn’t lie…well…none of us saw any tape on him last year.

    Jets should make him wear athletic tape on his helmet with his name on it during camp like all rookies do.

  5. Bell’s production to this point in his career has outpaced his salary by more than anyone else in the NFL. That people are mocking him for thinking he’s worth more is just disappointing. The RB position is hands down the least worthwhile position to play anymore, you’re never going to make what you’re worth, going to suffer injuries at a higher rate than anyone else, and fans think you’re replaceable by any joe off the street.

  6. Nope, he effed up. BIG time. lol. Even a spectacular deal might not have recovered the lost 14.5 mil. Theres no other way to look at it, he lost 14.5 and a bigger contract he would’ve been offered had he acted like a team player. That’s how Odell got paid. Odell Beckham had a cooler, wiser head than Bell. Odell Beckham. Jet’s might’ve still overpaid.

  7. Not to mention his legacy and potential earnings in Pittsburgh after his career ends. But I guess he has his rap career to fall back on that point.

  8. He could have signed and played under the franchise tag and still protected himself from being used and abused. He gambled and lost.

  9. Why try to defend a dumb choice? He messed up and messed up bad, good thing for him though he still makes a ton.

  10. Well he won’t be playing for a team that will lose to Tim Tebow or Blake Bortles in the playoffs so that’s got to be worth something

  11. He got paid. But nobody is surprised that it isn’t the kind of money Bell thought he was going to get. As a Steeler fan, I’ll admit that I think he is better than Conner. But unfortunately for players at that position it doesn’t make sense to tie up so much money in them. They are more replaceable. Conner showed that. It’s more important to have a really good O-line.

  12. Bell came out behind, plain and simple. Pittsburgh absolutely would have agreed to keep his workload to an agreeable level, compared to not having Bell at all. In fact they may have preferred that anyway to give them more of a chance to evaluate if Connor could be the guy going forward or if they’d have to draft a new back high this year. Short of knowing he’d suffer a career ending injury, there is no viable argument he wouldnt have been better off playing last year and collecting that $14m. He absolutely could have gotten $11m guaranteed this off-season.

  13. I really hope he can earn his money and be a productive member of the team. I’m in the boat that thinks it was a huge mistake sitting out last year, but maybe he’ll prove us all wrong by being so incredible this year we all will sit back and say “wow, guess I was wrong”. I really hope so, as I don’t find any joy in watching players fail.

  14. for what could have been a full season of rental-car type abuse by a team that knew Bell wasn’t coming back.
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    So of a team has a player getting paid big bucks who they think may not be on the team next season, it’s “rental car abuse” if they play him?

  15. I love the fact that people count out the Steelers with Bell and Brown gone. I guess they must of forgot that Big Ben is still the qb. Meanwhile, teams like the Jets and Browns are paper champions in March and both still have unproven quarterbacks.

  16. He was the highest paid RB in 2017 (per cap hit) and he was not the best. How is that outpacing anything? He ran for a pedestrian 4.0 per carry and had a mediocre 4.8 yards per touch.

    He did not even outpace James Conner, DeAngelo Williams, or even Jaylen Samuels when those 3 started instead of LeVeon.

    Dude was a workhorse who now has a lot of miles on him. His pass catching skills might be the most overrated thing in all of professional sports. Conner and Williams both averaged above 9 yards per catch when they filled in long term for LeVeon. He averages 8.5 per catch (7.6 the last 3 seasons)

    2014 was a very impressive season. He is a talented back. No one will know how much of that was Pittsburgh’s fantastic line until this year plays out for him and Conner.

  17. When you are going to be the highest paid at your position, that’s pretty much it. Thinking you are going to make much more then the current highest paid player is just wishful thinking. Especially when you have been injured and suspended. Be the highest paid and take the cash.

  18. He made a bad deal. He chose to not take a risk (by playing under the FT and making $14.5M), and pay (return) and risk are linked at the hip.

    He also underestimated the impact his individual desires would have on a Team, a team sport, and the guys that run businesses in a team sport.

  19. People on this page seem to be blaming his agent.

    Reports were his agent supported the Pittsburgh offers….in fact, it looked like they were ready to announce the deal at least once.

    Bell made no money last year…..his agent’s commission was 0.

    The two things that spooked Pittsburgh going more were the suspensions (Elizabeth, this is the big one!) with the next being 10-12 games and the injuries.

    The Patriots, who Bell faced many times without much success, will stop him twice for sure this season.

  20. One thing to also factor in is the the Steelers do not typically just cut guys loose. I believe the figure I saw was since 2002 the Steelers have paid out nearly 90% of the salaries of the guys they have drafted who signed a second contract. Also, stats including guys who were signed up to, and including 5 contracts, they have paid out 78% of of the deals.

    Obviously not set in stone, but based on past history, Bell probably would have gotten nearly all or all of the contract amount.

    He gambled, and lost. In my opinion, partly due to the fact that Gurley got hurt, and was basically a non-factor at the end of the season and in the playoffs. Plus, look at the rushing stats that a tubby, out of shape CJ Anderson put up in his absence. Also, the fact that Conner did great in Bell’s absence, played a part.

  21. Please stop with the refrain of “he should have been paid more.” Says who? No one willing to pay more than the Jets, so that’s where he ended up. He was worth less than he (his agent) thought. Big whoop, millions of people think they are worth more than their employers pay them. This site has failed to note his injuries and already declining production, besides the huge question mark of sitting out a year. And RB is just not a marquee position any more salary wise (I think they are worth more relative to what they are paid, too, but I don’t write checks in the league. The Steelers already valued him as much/more than anyone else, he turned down long-term deal with them 2 years ago that would have brought him as much/more. His own actions (sitting out, screwing with teammates, etc.) didn’t endear him to anyone, so all the above things lead to less money. And his replacement, at a fraction of the cost, filled in just fine, thanks. Steelers wouldn’t have made playoffs with Bell, now they can just go grab another good receiver in the third with compensatory pick next year.

  22. L. Bell..lost pure and simple..We will see if the Jets lose..he had a great organization..SB winning qb…great OLine that helped him with his running style…he is not an easy player to block for…you have to hold it for awhile..he doesn’t see the whole and go..he clearly had injuries and substance abuse issues..so the Steelers giving him that contract..Wow..I wouldn’t have..I would have never tagged him the first time…

  23. Mr. ‘Writer’ – is the $20M guarantied money from Pittsburgh a fact, or another theory of yours. How about some REAL reporting on this matter with facts disclosed.

    You were so geeked up at the prospect of a player “taking back the power” and “putting it to a billionaire owner” that you couldn’t control yourself. Well, congratulations – you were wrong. And now you’re being an apologist.

  24. Continuing to insist he “should have done better” instead of saying “I was wrong and nearly everyone else was right?” C’mon, man.

    It’s been said by myself and countless others here: Teams have come to realize that RB is the easiest “plug and play” position on the team. It’s been proven over an over again, plain and simple. Overpaying for a RB is never going to happen again – Gurley was the last – and how’s that worked out for the Rams so far? A great back will still be paid well – but no one is going to break the bank on that position.

    Management pays attention to these things.

    And the jury is still out on Cousins – but unless you are already a true stud (Like a Brady, a Rodgers, (and going back) a Manning, an Elway, a Montana), the days of paying a fortune wishing and hoping for a “maybe he’s a stud” QB will also soon be over.

  25. Only a lawyer could rationalize what you tried to. But since you were saying from the get go that he should hold out at least you are being consistent. Which for a lawyer is progress…

  26. Did anyone honestly think a RB was going to break bank and land a 60-75M guaranteed contract? Nothing against Bell, but in the salary cap era teams can’t pay a RB that kind of money. Not when late round picks and free agents can play quite effectively.

    No, I’m sorry but teams were NOT retaliating. Bell did not get colluded against. NFL GMs simply made wise business decisions not to jeopardize their salary cap on a position that you can fill with league minimum players.

  27. “But the presence of $25 million in full guarantees still makes it possible to argue persuasively that it made sense both to pass on $20 million…”

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    Sorry, No sale. If Bell’s gamble wasn’t the colossal failure by spectacular player standards you acknowledged in the article, then no “persuasive argument” is going to make said “colossal failure” anything less than just that. Bell gambled on himself and he lost…be that’s just stating the obvious.

  28. The NFL game of football has changed SO MUCH the last 10 years. The NFL wanted scoring and alot of it, and that doesnt bode well for running the rock 20-25 times a game. It just won’t happen again. You need a good back for those 2 yard -3rd downs and running out the clock in the 4th QT…..other than that…no need to pay MEGA $$ for RB’s anymore. Bell should be happy with what he got.

  29. He literally made a bet that he will get injured during the first year of his contract and never play again. If he plays into year two or beyond, this will have been the most epic failure.

  30. “….or because teams were not-so-subtly retaliating against Bell for bucking the system.”

    How about all the other reasons that were listed. Far more likely.
    Teams aren’t obligated to pay what players and agents believe they’re worth. The free market operates like it should. If there were teams who believed Bell was worth bigger money and cap space…they would have spent it.

    They didn’t. The market spoke. Bell was paid what the he was worth. And Bell is hardly the first player this has happened to. Happens every year to hundreds of players.

  31. I honestly did not care whether Bell sat out or not. I did not think then, and I know now that it was a bad decision.

    However, the mental gymnastics that Florio does to justify his opinion never ceases to amaze me. I mean, your married. Your used to admitting your wrong. Just say it…..it’s OK…

  32. I cannot get over the modesty of the difference given the opportunity for team and brand success behing that OLINE in Pittsburgh versus on the Jets. The long term value in terms of media roles, endorsements and such from building a hall of fame career on the Steelers, with a legit shot at including a Super Bowl is not chump change.

    Wallace had a similar thing, he got paid a lot, but pretty much drifted into obscurity. In Pittsburgh, the whole NFL world was watching Wallace and his amazing speed and talent. I am not sure if and where he plays anymore. Hard to see him getting an ESPN gig. Hard to see him getting a solid endorsement gig. He has no shot at HOF.

    That is what I see the Jets costing Bell. Maybe that organisation finally straightens out but … not likely.

    Remember Chris Johnson. One time one of the fastest, most dynamic running backs in football. Did the big signing with the Jets. Over six years with Titans, never below a thousand, high of over 2000 yards. Gets to the Jets, 600. Finished his career in obscurity in Arizona.

  33. the easy math is to just say Bell lost out on the 15 mill by sitting out last year. It never made a lick of sense that he could ‘make up’ that amount of money by not playing and staying healthy. Players can get an insurance policy vs. injury.

  34. Well he won’t be playing for a team that will lose to Tim Tebow or Blake Bortles in the playoffs so that’s got to be worth something

    Ya right. He is going to a team with one super bowl in 55 years from one with 6 in 45 years. Ya that’s something…..what kids will say.SMDH.

  35. I do wonder how much Gurley’s Superbowl fizzle hurt Bell. If he had been fully healthy and had carried the Rams to victory would teams have been more willing to overpay a feature back?

  36. My biggest problem with Bell is not sitting out a year with 14 mil on the table, it’s signing with the Jets a team mired in mediocrity that hasn’t been relevant since Joe Namath retired (and what looks like less money). At least with The Steelers there was always the opportunity to be in the playoffs and make a run. By the way, aren’t the Jets in the same division as Brady and Belichick? I rest my case.

  37. It’s pretty simple.
    For the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons he is making $25 million.
    If he played last year he would have made $15 million plus whatever what ever he negotiated for 2019 & 2020 as a FA.
    Suppose he blew out his knee in 2018. He would not have been unsigned (and unpaid) in 2019. I expect it would be reasonable to believe he would have gotten $10 million for 2019 & 2020.
    The exception being he had a rare injury that ends the career on the spot. Otherwise teams would sign him betting on the recovery.
    He could have bought insurance to cover that.

  38. Joe Fan is still trying to argue that the $10 million guaranteed at signing that the Steelers offered last year, with “rolling” (read: “team option”)”guarantees” in out years totaling $32 million is superior to $20 million plus $15 million, which is what the Jets offered.

    What REALLY frosts Joe Fan, though, is the audacity of Le’Veon Bell deigning to make a decision he thinks is best for him and his family, which is to make more money playing a dangerous game, and not settle for less. He is the flip side of fellow Ohioan LeBron James, who was ridiculed by the same Joe Fan because he TOOK LESS MONEY to go to Miami and win.

    You can’t win with Joe Fan. Which is why it is best to simply ignore him and think about your own damn self. Because ain’t nobody else looking out for your best interests . . . CERTAINLY not Joe Fan, who would just as well like to see you playing for $8.50 an hour.

  39. Bell miscalculated his value. The Steelers made him the best offer, and no player’s value INCREASES after not playing. I will say that i do agree with some people who have said that he did not want to play for the Steelers, and I understand that aspect of the argument. But while that deserves to be recognized, Bell’s obvious misstep in receiving a lower deal does as well. I know we always have to be on the players’ side here, but it’s not like Bell didn’t do this to himself as well.

    If we were to assume that he wanted to just end up with a better team, he likely would have accepted Oakland or Baltimore as destinations as both apparently were interested enough to make serious offers. Of course, Oakland’s was lower due to their other deals. Instead, he accepted the Jets’ bigger offer. That tells me (along with his rap songs and other posts unrelated to Pittsburgh) that money was indeed an issue. You can’t usually go a team you like AND get the biggest deal at the same time. You certainly can’t do it after sitting out a year. Time will tell, but chances are that Bell does not do as well behind that O-line (even with Kelechi Osemele) as he did in Pittsburgh. And though there is valid concern that Pittsburgh would have run him at a high rate, he would at least have done so behind a good O-line (with good backups that coaches would be more willing to spell him with if necessary), as opposed to being run at a high rate behind a bad/average O-line on an offensively needy team with no great depth at HB (which is the case in NYJ).

    While he may have finally gotten away from a team he despised, he probably will not end up liking his new destination all that much (and maybe his new team won’t be as enamored with him afterward, either).

  40. “However, the mental gymnastics that Florio does to justify his opinion never ceases to amaze me. I mean, your married. Your used to admitting your wrong. Just say it…..it’s OK…”
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    Absolutely brilliant! You win the day sir! LOL

  41. “Mr. ‘Writer’ – is the $20M guarantied money from Pittsburgh a fact, or another theory of yours. How about some REAL reporting on this matter with facts disclosed.

    You were so geeked up at the prospect of a player “taking back the power” and “putting it to a billionaire owner” that you couldn’t control yourself. Well, congratulations – you were wrong. And now you’re being an apologist.”
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    Perfectly said! There’s such an overt agenda about players taking it to the Man in these posts, that it blinds sound judgment. Bell took a risk and it backfired if the goal was to gain more guaranteed money. Any other explanation is pure spin.

  42. floriosnuts says:
    March 14, 2019 at 1:15 pm

    the easy math is to just say Bell lost out on the 15 mill by sitting out last year. It never made a lick of sense that he could ‘make up’ that amount of money by not playing and staying healthy.

    * * * * *

    You are thinking about this wrong. Bell will have a career lasting X years. No one knows what that number is. And not a single additional season can be expected. So a player should seek to maximize his income during each of those X years.

    Missing a year of hits, blocks, and wear and tear (hint — He could financially afford it, obviously) makes sense if he is able to make more than the $14.5 million he would have made playing for the Steelers. Because, again, the only thing that matters in the NFL is guaranteed money in hand . . . not the contract length . . . not the “potential” salary . . . not “future guarantees.” The structure of the Steelers contract was team friendly and enabled them to slip around future pseudo “guaranteed” money. That’s a bad deal for the player.

  43. Horrible move financially for bell. He easily could have signed the tender as still got this deal, likely more if he wouldn’t have nose drives his reputation

  44. There is no way to spin this into a good deal for Bell. In fact, it’s a disaster. It only makes sense if he thought his body might not hold up for 3 years.

  45. LOL at the he wanted out of Pittsburgh crowd. There was absolutely no indication that he was unhappy with the team. They tried to negotiate contracts with him multiple times. The money was not to his satisfaction, and when TG got the huge payday, LB thought he could get that, and more. Does anyone remember the rap song he put out a few years ago about how many million it would take to sign him?

    I thought that most could see through the smokescreen that Brown put up in his effort to get more guaranteed money. Brown wasn’t miffed at the Steelers/Ben. Ben was no different than when AB signed his last deal, so why did he sign? He simply wanted more guaranteed money, plain and simple. Same thing with Bell, he wanted more, but it didn’t work out the way he thought it would.

  46. You are no longer trying to defend his decision. You are only trying to defend your poor position on this issue. And you ain’t making your case.

    He ended up with a five year contract for $52.4 million, of which only $25 million is guaranteed. It’s a five year contract because you have to add the one year he made $0.

    He turned down a 5 yr, $70 million offer from the Steelers, with $33 million in “practical guarantees”. That means it would have been practically impossible to not collect that money.

    And what you’re trying to claim is, taking far less money, for a wee bit more in actual guarantees is a really good deal for Bell. Because the actual scenario under which that might be better happens less than 1% of the time.

    Yeah, really brilliant.

    You backed yourself into a corner, and your lawyer training is now kicking in. You’d rather argue this non-sensicsl position than admit you’re wrong.

  47. Honestly it is pretty simple based on what we know so far.

    The only (and I mean ONLY) version in which Bell came out ahead is the one in which he suffered a career ending injury either last season, or if he suffers a career ending injury this season.

    Had it happened to him last season – and assuming he had signed the Steelers last offer – he would have left the NFL with 20 million. (If he did not sign the offer and played under the tag, he would have left the NFL with just under 15 million)

    If a career ending injury happens this year, he leaves the NFL with 25 million.

    That’s 5 million better.

    However:

    In absolutely ANY other scenario where he doesn’t suffer a career ending injury and fully plays one or more seasons, he would have done much better under the Steelers deal (which paid out over 30 million of the contract in the first two years).

    All this to which I say:

    Whatever.

    He can console himself with a new Ferrari. Me, I gotta get back to work.

  48. Rental car abuse??

    For utilizing a player you’re paying millions to play? How dare they!
    I find it hard to believe the Steelers coaches are going to run him more under the guise of “Hey, we better get our money’s worth before he leaves!”

    Nah. The Steelers will run whatever plays helps them win the most games.

  49. Credit to Florio, who as long been a LeVeon Bell supporter, for at least acknowledging that the ultimate deal Bell got appears to be a disappointment to Bell. However, the article fails to mention that Bell could have had both.

    He could have not accepted the contract offered in Pittsburgh but played under the franchise tag. In that case, barring injury, he would have made the $14+ Million and the contract he got with the Jets. OR he could have reported after week 10 and gotten $5 million plus the contract he ultimately received from the Jets. So when that is considered, this is a clear failure on the part of Bell — and has to be a major disappointment to Bell as well as all future running backs.

    The pure holdout was a risk and it clearly backfired. Of course, that assumes Bell would not have gotten injured. But even if he did, he was getting $14 million guaranteed.

  50. Florio needs a lesson in basic math if he can’t see that Bell is out $14.5m any way you slice it.

    Also, just because the Rams overpaid their RB, doesn’t mean the rest of the league has to follow suit.

  51. The ‘writer’s’ analysis of “total cash flow through two years of $26 million” is innaccurate. Total cash flow is an after-tax analysis. Last time I checked, NY/NJ has one of the highest tax rates in America – higher than PA and certainly higher than FL, TX and other no-state-income tax states.

  52. >But this doesn’t mean Bell made the wrong decision by avoiding $14.54 million

    Yes it does.
    It’s not like the risk of serious injury for a RB is 50%.

  53. If the math here is accurate, Bell gave up $14.5 million to get $5 million. He also gave up a perennial playoff contender and solid o-line to compete with the Patriots while living in a state with higher taxes. It’s difficult to see that as a win. It seems to be a mutual win for Oakland/Brown. Time will tell. But Steelers fans full of regret? I regret the drama and that we didn’t get slightly more for trading Brown. But no regrets about losing them. Bell was great when on the field, about two years’ worth of games in five years. Brown was great, but it was always something, whether drawing flags for TD dances, posting private locker-room videos, or increasingly problematic off-field behavior. No, I’m happy to play with the hand we’ve been dealt.

  54. How many times were the Steelers slammed and mocked on these pages
    (and podcasts) for not paying Le’Veon the $17 mil he wanted, along
    with enormous guarantees?

    Florio gets no credit. He misjudged Bell’s worth, as much as LeVeon,
    himself did. Yet, Mike was very vocal in his constant criticism of
    the Steelers.

  55. This is another example that you can make a case for whatever side you want to. The bottom line is the guys that think it was mistake got their ammo, the guys that think it was a good move to hold out can make their case. In this case it might be something that you have to make such a detail argument that he might have made the right move might just say something there. But in the end who cares. I am actually getting sick of listening and reading about millionaire and all of their problems.

  56. Not only did Bell screw himself he went to NJ and will lose another 5.9% ($1.5 million) in higher state income taxes. He “net” gain in guaranteed money is less than $10,000,000.

  57. And his buddy AB is catching from either Carr or a high draft pick rookie next year instead of Ben.

    The AB deal was a real hit to the Steelers in terms of haul (3 & 5) and clearly AB put a ton of cash in his jeans from a team looking for a home in Las Vegas.

    But if anyone sees AB doing anything but going mental with how few catchable passes come his way next year, you know a different AB. I think he is an amazing talent and workhorse. Game in and game out, I watched him step up and play. A true baller. For all his antics. But. If he was not getting the chances to show what he could do for his team … he went mental.

    Gruden will think very fondly of the good old days when he and Keyshawn had their chats …lol.

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