Bell On Depressed RB Market: ‘I Can’t Be The Guy Who Continues To Let It Take A Hit’

The Pittsburgh Steelers failed to work out a long-term contract extension with running back LeVeon Bell by Monday’s deadline but on the surface, the team’s former second-round draft pick has no ill will toward the organization, even though he somewhat sarcastically said on his Snapchat account earlier in the evening that he apparently needs to get better after failing to strike a new deal.

“It’s a little frustrating but it’s a business,” said Bell, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I’m not in a rush to sign for something I’m not valued at, if I feel I’m worth more than what they are offering me.”

Bell, who didn’t reveal to Fowler the kind of money the Steelers offered him prior to Monday’s deadline, did say that the organization didn’t attempt use his past injuries against him during the negotiating process and that he’s still optimistic both sides can reach an extension agreement after the 2017 season is over.

“I definitely don’t want to play for anybody else,” said Bell of the Steelers, according to Fowler.

Bell also told Fowler that he accepts the fact the running back market took a big hit this offseason that resulted in LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills being the highest paid at the position at just a little more than $8 million when it comes to currently active long-term deals. With that said, he hopes to be the one to revive the market by playing under the $12.12 franchise tag he received from the team during the offseason.

“I can’t be the guy who continues to let it take a hit,” Bell said, per Fowler. “We do everything. We block, we run, we catch the ball. Our value isn’t where it needs to be. I’m taking it upon myself to open up some eyes and show the position is more valuable.”

With Bell now on a one-year deal, he has all the incentive in the world to not only stay healthy for an entire season, but out of trouble with the league office as well. He certainly has the potential to register 2500 yards from scrimmage in 2017 as evidenced by the stats he posted in just 12 regular season games played in 2016.

A solid 2017 season could ultimately result in Bell receiving the franchise tag from the Steelers again next offseason if a new deal can’t be consummated between the two sides prior to that deadline. That tag amount, however, will be $14.554 million, which could still be way above market value for running backs just as his $12.12 franchise tag was this offseason.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how Bell handles the team’s upcoming training camp as he’s not tipping his hand yet as to when, or even if, he’ll report to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe this year. I will also be worth watching to see if him standing his ground this offseason winds up helping another running back in the league who might sign new long-term extensions prior to the start of the 2017 regular season. Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman, specifically.

As of Monday night, it appeared as though Bell, who has yet to sign his franchise tender, is in Miami, where he’ll likely continue training at Bommarito Performance Systems until at least the start of training camp and perhaps even longer.

 

 

  • PaeperCup

    “I definitely don’t want to play for anybody else”

    That’s nice, but why grumble over pennies then.

    I do agree with him though that RB value has dropped over the last decade, but in the last 3-4 years we’ve seen a re-emergence of every down backs. Those that can do it all. David Johnson, Bell, probably some others. I don’t think it can be stated enough that Bell is valued. But the number isn’t going to reach QB numbers if that’s what he’s hoping.

    I just want him to be with the team. Cmon man.

  • nutty32

    David Johnson is the only RB that comes close to what LB does.

  • Burgh Ball

    Whiner – I’m currently a custodian, make 30,000 a year, it will take 33+ years to make one of those 12+ million. Shut the hell up bell and fall on your knees and count your blessings. I don’t mind the way he feels , I just don’t to hear him whine about it

  • O’Neal

    Getting tired of these idiot athletes. People need to stop wasting their hard earned money on these criminals egomaniacs and narcissists

  • Mark Petraglia

    I can see Bell and this situation becoming a problem. Might be time to just let me walk after the season. We can win without him.

  • Jacob

    In the way things worked out, him getting a long term deal was simply not going to happen. The Steelers were not going to pay him $12 million a year on a long term contract because that is higher than market value. And he probably didn’t want anything less than that.

  • aWaL

    I love Bell but we see a “see-saw” effect in every sport. He’s a quick shifty runner with good hands but before we know it the beastly power runners will emerge again. I’m hoping James Connor is that guy. Hope Bell stays though. That’s a nasty 1-2 punch

  • AndyR34

    Maybe you should just go ahead and walk! LOL! Sorry…couldn’t resist your typo.

  • dany

    I dont watch college football at all, but the emergence of backs like Bell DJ and Zeke (us steelers fans know very well he can indeed catch the ball) tells me more like them will start coming in the next few years, both college and nfl coaches will be looking for and molding them. They have made that big of an impact. My hope is Bell is back next year, but if he isn’t I wouldn’t be surprised if they find another back that does it all before 2020. Now of course it’s not a given that happens, but the old adage of not putting all your eggs in one basket fits here- The team can’t restrain themselves for one player

  • dany

    Damn, and I was about to buy my Petraglia tshirt!

  • Big White

    Well, at least Bell isn’t Ezekiel Elliot who is determined to be the next OJ.

  • Robert E Lil

    I feel for Bell – I really do. The CBA has some work to do on the players side. So he’s screwed – a victim of getting worn down, an insane workload – I don’t think the team ever had plans to sign him to a long term deal. They’re both right in a way –

  • falconsaftey43

    It’s a little unfair to pass judgement on either side since we do that know what the numbers were asked or offered.

  • falconsaftey43

    Then stop watching, no one is forcing you. I’ll continue to watch and follow because I very much enjoy it.

  • Danny Young

    You can understand their apprehension, and Bell is set to make $26M over the next two years…ALMOST guaranteed. After that he can sign a lucrative contract elsewhere that he may not win a SB, or go the Deborah route

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I’m still hoping Bell sticks around long-term. Still, I’m thinking of buying another jersey to hedge my bets. I don’t have a clear #2 favorite on the team, though. I like Dupree a lot, but I’m hesitant until he shows more. I like JuJu and Tuitt as well. I like a lot of other players, but not enough to buy their jersey.

  • Andrew Norwood

    I bet he doesn’t finish the contract he signs next year. He’ll be released before it’s finished, due to being due more than he’s worth. Over what, maybe $1M a year? You know, Bettis could’ve left and maybe gotten more $ in his last few years also. But he wanted to be a Steeler and he wanted to win a title. And he didn’t get cut because he stayed with a team that loved him and his pay was in line with his play.

  • O’Neal

    Easily offended much. Truth hurts

  • Shane Mitchell

    There is a common theme to what Bell has been saying for a few years now, rarely do we hear anything about winning a superbowl out of him, but a lot about being the highest paid running back.

  • Michael Conrad

    I not up on weed how much can you buy for 12 million.

  • RyanW

    Then why are you on here? To tell everyone else not to watch?

  • falconsaftey43

    I’m not offended at all. Just don’t understand what you want. Telling other people what to do with their money is a little preachy. If it really bothers you that much, then why do you follow and “waste your money” on it?

    The guy just wants to make the most money he can, what’s wrong with that?

  • O’Neal

    The steelers are the only sports i watch anymore, just stating my opinion. Sorry if i hurt your feewings

  • O’Neal

    Not really about bell as much as just in general

  • pittsburghjoe

    I think Im getting Bell contract story fatigue. Lets hear some news on Colin Holba or something else.

  • Rocksolid20

    Get you a Harrison jersey and call it a day .

  • O’Neal

    But leveon is dumber than a box of rocks

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Nah, the whole point is for them to be on the team for a while. I like Harrison, but he’s not a favorite. Fact is, I tend to like RBs and cornerbacks. I like Burns, but not enough. Cockrell’s not on that level. If we had someone like Patrick Patterson, I’d take him in a second.

  • Jaybird

    I’m getting my little girl a JuJu jersey. The name is just too cool to pass up.

  • falconsaftey43

    Holba fun facts. Was valedictorian of his high school class and served as a manager of Louisville’s baseball team.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Nice! Yeah, I like his college highlights. As others have said, he’s got a little Hines Ward in him. I’m a little hesitant before he plays a snap, but I may wait until midway through the season and see who wins me over.

  • GravityWon

    You can take his statement “I’m taking it upon myself to open some eyes and show the position is more valuable” a couple different ways.

    He could intend to sit out and watch the offense be less productive without him.

    Or he can step up and have a great season to show the value of RBs. Which will it be?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    About 500,000 weeds.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    I think he’ll play. He’s not a hold-out type. Whatever people think about him not signing, and the suspensions, he seems like a standup guy and I don’t think he’d hold out to prove a point. He also knows his value increases significantly if he can play a 16-game season healthy.

  • Robert E Lil

    There won’t be an after that

  • Craig M

    What the concussion occupational hazard % in your field and the TV revenue generated %s? Just saying.

  • GravityWon

    I’m hoping your correct.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Word – me too.

  • Ed Smith

    Danny this ‘Lil is a troll from either Cincinnati or Baltimore.always on here bashing Steelers and trying to incite Steeler Nation. Please do yourself and the rest of us a flavor and ignore him.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    The truth is there aren’t a lot of great young QBs out there. So if you can’t rely on a Qb to lead the offense, you turn to the RB. WRs can’t do it.

    Everyone knows how valuable a good or great RB is to a team, the numbers consistently bear out that great RBs are only second to a great QB in value for a single position, and yet the market is down.

    I’m all for the team, but there’s no way I’m going to tell Le’Veon Bell he isn’t worth more than Mike Glennon, Demaryius Thomas, Joe Haden, Russel Okung, he’s worth more than those players, and they all make more per year with their current contracts than he will on the tag.

    He’s right to reject the current market for RBs. It is temporarily deflated, and he should set the standard for the market, because he’s the first of the new great backs to be getting a second contract.

  • nutty32

    Buying a Tuitt Jersey prior to the ink drying on that 2nd contract is a huge risk.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yup, Bell’s not going anywhere this season. I’ll probably wait until at least a few games into the season. I’m hoping Dupree takes a leap, which might cement him. If JuJu comes out strong, he could steal it through. Tuitt’s currently in 3rd place.

  • ND_Steel

    When does he start earning that $12.1M? In other words, when does it cost him money to not report?

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Fact is, if he’s looking for money, someone will pay him on the open market if he’s healthy. Even in 2 more years, I don’t think a 3-4 year deal is too risky. He’ll still be 27, and he’ll have made $26 million the last two seasons. If they don’t franchise him next year, he’ll definitely get paid on the open market if that’s what matters to him. If you’re, say, Oakland, and you have the cap space, do you consider paying him 15 million? Lynch will probably retire, they’ve got a strong offensive line, and he could be the missing piece in a championship run. Or, maybe a team that’s big on FA’s like the Broncos or Redskins gives him a go. Hell, if they decided that Maclin, Wallace, and Perriman were decent at WR, and they wanted to make a run with Flacco, they Ravens could make a run at him (that would be painful, admittedly).

    Even If he gets those two franchise tags, then gets one last big deal, and a few smaller ones to finish out his career, that’s not a bad deal for him.

  • ND_Steel

    $12M in an $8M market is pretty dang valued! If he wants more, he needs to learn how to throw the ball too.

  • Jason

    he can go get 14M someplace with no O-line and be rich and useless for the rest of career, or he could take 10M or whatever they were offering and be rich and meaningful.

    had he be available for the bulk of his career i doubt the Steelers hold as firm as they have

  • joseph brown

    Bell deserves a long term deal, don’t complain steeler nation if he avg 75 -80 yds rushing per game it’s only business. The raiders will give him the money and they are a young team with a better qb. what about the pats, if bell plays for belichek the steelers would never beat the pats or the raiders ” FORGETABOUIT “Big ben would def retire; so what would we be left with “Josh Dobbs and James Connor in the backfield” our superbowl hopes riding on them give me a f…… break…

  • RickM

    He can miss all training camp if he wants. He can’t be fined until the season starts. I’m pretty sure his salary $12.1 M salary starts with Game1.

  • nutty32

    I think there is also some rule where he has to report by week 14 or some other late date like that for the season to count as a league year for Bell. Otherwise, he’ll still be considered in the last year of his contract.

  • nutty32

    Can’t go wrong with any of the linebackers, especially Dupree. Hargrave also seems possibly ready to breakout, but am too thin to pull off wearing a lineman’s number.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Yeah, I like Hargrave – don’t have enough of a sense of him to buy the jersey yet. Hopefully, he has a big season and starts to standout.

  • Michael Joseph Jackson

    Says someone who isnt even close to Bell’s tax bracket (assumption) The NFL is making dollars to the pennies they pay out in player salaries and insurances.

  • RickM

    Agree. There is some sort of rule like that. Of course players lose salary with every regular season game they miss so it’ll never get that far.

  • blue

    Bell is best RB in NFL he has the leverage. Steelers should have been signed him long term and would have saved money. Bell will get huge contract eventually from Steelers, after he gets franchised again next year.

  • NinjaMountie

    I think the Steelers have just demonstrated that they have their limits. It’s obvious Bell isn’t going to get what he wants from them; again, as shown from this negotiation. The Steelers are only going to be less inclined to pay him next season as he’ll be a year older in a position with a short playing life.

  • NinjaMountie

    Nice!

  • NinjaMountie

    I think people’s problem is that we all, you included, would try to maximize the money we were paid if we had the ability to play a major sport.
    I know we all want “our guys” to give us hometown discounts but we have to remember it’s a job to them. We also need to remember that we’re talking generational money here. He can set up his family and his siblings for life..and their kids, too.
    If he were a Tom Brady, with a rich wife and huge endorsement deals, I could see him taking a LITTLE less to chase some rings. He’s not…and most aren’t.

  • NinjaMountie

    Actually, exceeded Bell this season. I like Johnson…great back. So is Bell.

  • blue

    Bell will get paid by the Steelers simply because he is the best at his position in the NFL, you don’t let the best walk, you pay them.

  • RickM

    You seriously think Bell will get a huge contract from the Steelers in 2019 as he rapidly approaches his 28th birthday…and Ben has either retired or will only have one more year left? Sorry, but there isn’t a chance that will happen. You would be giving a RB big money in Years 7-8-9 and possibly 10 of his career.

  • cencalsteeler

    I totally see Bells point. One of the most demanding positions in the game that currently, for some reason, doesn’t hold it’s face value. It would be hard to see these wr’s getting paid big, while your the workhorse grinding it out play after play.

  • Chris Ellis

    None of us know what the Steelers offered Bell. Making uneducated assumptions is a pointless excercise. And Bell isn’t wrong – RB’s are undervalued. There was a stretch where RB’s weren’t being drafted in the first round but that has changed in recent years. Ultimately he’s making the best decision for himself which is exactly what he should do. He says he doesn’t want to play anywhere else; how about we take him at his word and see how 2017 plays out.

  • NinjaMountie

    Only time will tell but I just don’t see him getting what he wants. So many things can happen. He could stay healthy all year and produce big which helps his case. He could get injured (again) and hurt his stock. His age is only going to hurt his bargaining power. We’ll just have to wait and see.

  • Sdale

    If he was going to “get paid” by the Steelers, it would have been before 4PM today.

  • Maureen A Gomes

    Comment of the day IMHO.

  • I.P. Freeley

    WOW Lev, the RB’s sure are lucky to have you. Imagine, the star of the NFL fighting the entire market! All for one and for all! RB’s ride or dye I guess.
    How magnanimous of you! The Steelers made you a good offer, and for you to say that you rejected it. because of the RB market? What a joke, go make some more horrible rap songs.

  • I.P. Freeley

    Agree, Im rocking my JH jersey for the 13th season! I even wore it when he was in Cincy. I only buy Defensive jerseys. Before JH I had a Porter away jersey that I cherished for years.

    I am strongly considering a Watt jersey as my next dynasty. . .

  • I.P. Freeley

    Oakland’s new strategy is very conservative on spending. Seems like paying a 26YO RB ultra-top dollar would contradict their new direction.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Oh Shut up bell you greedy tool.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Steelers offered over 13 million. He didn’t take it. Screw him.

    Ima need 15.
    Blow it out yer are bell. You don’t deserve more than 9.5.

  • Kevin Schwartz

    Perhaps – I was just throwing them out as an example. The point is, I wouldn’t be surprised if someone was willing to pay him big money.

  • gdeuce

    if the roles were reversed, wouldn’t you want all the money you could get?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    If I was in bells position? No. I wouldn’t. I would understand that it’s a business and that the team is trying to win a Superbowl. Even if I had a high ego, I would realize that no team wants hamstring over a player. I would realize Steelers have been burned before. See Lamar Woodley. Then again I have financial sense. I’m completely stable and I make 40,000 and I understand how business works.

  • Gautama Om

    How noble and selfless of him to be leading the charge for all RB’s; of course it could NEVER be about his selfless self seeking as much money as possible…and nevermind the damage it would do to our cap room to retain or sign players that would help us win the championship.

  • Brenton deed

    Oh yes he is truly a man who stands by his principles. He has a true perspective on how NFL running backs are an impoverished, exploited underclass and is prepared to right this egregious wrong and put self interest to one side. Kinda brings a tear to my eye.

  • Brenton deed

    Now of course Tuitt will get signed for decent money as will Villanueva. I was worried Big Al would end up getting stiffed because he’s a good guy because of Bell’s greed.

    You know they probably offered Bell only about 10 mill/year… outrageous!

  • Chris Ellis

    Is there an article somewhere that I missed? Where did you see him asking for QB money? The highest paid RB’s are making 8 mil/year. He clearly thinks he’s worth more than that. You yourself said the league has seen a resurgence in the every down, do-it-all back. Those other contracts reflected the way the league used to feel about RB’s 2-3 years ago. Don’t you think he should be looking for more money now that RB value is higher?

  • Chris Ellis

    That 12 mil number is the value of the Franchise Tag. It’s a 1 year deal. It doesn’t really have any bearing on how much the Steelers think Bell is worth long term.

  • Steel B

    I highly doubt the FO low balled Bell. Oh well. Run him till his wheels fall off then move on to the next RB.

  • PompeyGoat

    Unless you know the detail of what was offered it’s impossible to apportion blame for a contract not having been done.
    As far as I’m aware we don’t know if the Steelers offered $8m pa or $14 pa, 3 years or 6 years, $15m guaranteed or $30m. I do find the Bell comments positive though, seemingly blaming the market not the organization, reaffirming commitment to playing long term, certainly doesn’t sound like he’s out to cause disruption to 2017.

  • ManRayX

    Not sure if you are planning on supplementing your income with pilfered cleaning supplies. . .but otherwise @ $30,000 per year it will take you 400 years to make $12 million. . .the good news is that you will have lived for 400+ years to have done so (hmm, not sure that is good news after all).

  • ND_Steel

    Bell has been used as a puppet by the NFLPA…

  • ND_Steel

    From everything reported, they offered him $12M a year. Issue was in the guaranteed money.

  • kakello34

    I’m amazed you make $30K being a custodian. That won’t last long once an immigrant will do it for $8 an hour.

  • Brenton deed

    Maybe…maybe not

  • Sam Clonch

    He makes a point, but it also seems that moving the market from $8 mill per (current highest paid long term deal) to $12 mill per (what Steelers reportedly offered him) is a PRETTY good bump.

    Sure, AP may have got more from the Vikings, but that deal (and a few other issues, but let’s not act like Bell doesn’t have issues too) also got him run out of town.

  • CP72

    I think they tag him next year as well….

    If the total offer was 4 years 48 million as reported the guaranteed money for the first two years would have probably came in over 26 million.

    Let’s say only the first year was guaranteed (12 miilion). With an 18 million signing bonus. That’s 30 million guaranteed total. If they were willing to pay 30 million over two years they surely are willing to pay 26 million over.

  • Andrew Norwood

    Making uneducated assumptions is a pointless exercise. That is true. But it’s been leaked that it was appx $12M a year-50% higher than the next highest paid RB. RBs are “underpaid” because they have a short shelf life, so they don’t get big long term contracts. They are also playing a position that rookies often step into and are considered among the best at their positions, like Elliot last year and so many throughout history. So saying “he made the best decision for himself” is an uneducated assumption.

  • SilverSteel

    There is already leaks it was over 12 for five yrs. pretty sweet deal I think.

  • SilverSteel

    If he was offered 50% more than the highest paid back for five years that’s pretty fair. And pretty close to the 15 dream he had.

  • SilverSteel

    But he has not been the premier back for this team in all areas. He had some screw ups and you have to factor that risk in the contract. If any of my players hung out with Snoop Dog after multiple failed tests, I would be a little conservative too dealing with the risk.

  • SilverSteel

    He already said he was not going to train as hard this year because of “longevity” issues. Said to poke the org in the eye. That says enough for me about his dedication to his teammates.

  • will

    Bell could have been the next Franco in terms of endearment to Steeler Nation for several generations….IMO. However, he has now passed on that opportunity and I predict that a good portion will be pushing for his departure before too long.

  • Alan Tman

    I’m really confused with bashing Bell, who’s more important Bell or AB? Being OK with AB getting 18 million aND upset with Bell wanting paid. If Ben retires next year I bet you will want Bell instead of AB. Just stop and let this play out.

  • capehouse

    Chris, I’m really liking your posts. Seems like you’re one of a few who actually get it.

  • capehouse

    Great post, Geoffrey!

  • John

    He’s getting bad advice… Steelers have always taken care of “dependable” productI’ve players. Bell’s no different

  • Hec

    If he sit out and let Conner take his snaps and the offense plays overall better without him, then what? See history has taught us that strength of a football isn’t measured by the number of superstars we have at every position but by the number of role players we have to help those stars shine on the greatest stage of a game! It’s not the stars that carry a team it’s the team who carry the stars! I am willing to let go a star if it means the overall balance of the team improves. We have had Bell for the past 4 years, and have not gotten to the Superbowl. It’ll be nice to have him and Martavis Bryant on the team to see how it will all unfold but truth is, as great as they’ve been we have yet to reach a Superbowl with them! I would rather use them as trading pieces to make the overall strength of the team get better than to keep them and still have holes! Opportunist cost: the more you put into one thing, the less you have of the other. For example, just because Tom Brady has a super model doesn’t mean they have a great relationship. He could have married an average woman and had a better relationship. Just because Bell is an elite running back that doesn’t translate into us winning a superbowl. We had Bettis for many years and didn’t win one until his last year when he was old and slow, but still good at best. We don’t need a great player who’ll breakdown or falter at the highest peak of a season, we need a good player who we exceed expectations at those peaks!

  • Steel Realist PAul

    All about greed. His perceived value is higher than the market will pay.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Sounds like the Steelers weren’t offering anything over 10. Not something I agree with if the case. a 4yr/48M type of deal was perfectly doable and reasonable for the team.

  • StolenUpVotes

    Source?

  • StolenUpVotes

    Where is the source for this?

  • Hubert Parker

    12 million a year sounds great. Til we remember that NFL contracts arent guaranteed. So the question is what was the signing bonus??

  • Andrew Norwood

    In this salary cap era, there is a finite amount of $ to spend. Every team has to look at every player at every position and make an educated guess as to what their stock is going to do over the short term and long term. You can pretty safely invest in a great QB, and know that if he has a significant injury he will be able to come back from it and still be great. Most great ones will play around 15 years. Most great pass rushers can play over 10 years or more. OTs, WRs, even CBs can play long careers. New RBs cut older RB careers short as much as wear and tear does. For as long as there has been football, the RB position has been one that was the easiest to come in and shine. Wear them down, and replace them with newer, shinier and cheaper model.

  • O’Neal

    He is stupid. Many athletes with a boatload of money are. Astrophysicists are not as rich as athletes… whats your point? He thinks hes a good rapper, have you ever heard him interview. He is a great rb, but he is an idiot.

  • Pghomer

    Dave, is the transition tag an option next year? I know it opens up losing him to a crazy offer….but it allows the team to match a market offer. Maybe see what the market truly is…and let him walk if necessary. Or once the franchise tag is offered does that exclude the ability to use the transition tag?

  • HiVul

    Lol the players in the NFL are exponentially less greedy than the owners. Bell can get more than we were offering in FA, but the real sticking point was guaranteed money, not the overall amount. You said the Steelers have been burned, how many players have been burned by tissue paper contracts that really have nothing guaranteed?

  • westcoasteeler

    My feeling is that it’ll be difficult for Bell to finish the season healthy when he gets 30 carries a game. He crushed last year then in the AFC champ game he was secretly injured.
    Anyway, KC and MT have gazed into their crystal ball and werent surprised by what they saw. A championship.

  • Steelmania

    Would the Pat’s beat down of us in the AFC Championship had a different outcome if Bell was healthy? Game may of been closer but DB’s need major improvement this year and need to have a much better pass rush to win the AFC = Pats or no Pats in the Championship which if we stay healthy and with our schedule seems to be a decent chance!

  • Rotten Sircus

    I hope this doesn’t become a distraction ;^/ he’s making 12 million on the franchise tag and some people never make a million dollars in a lifetime !!!

  • blue

    Bell turned down Steelers offer.

  • blue

    Bell’s in the prime of his career, he is 25 right now.

  • blue

    Bell is 25, in his prime.

  • blue

    Steelers didn’t offer big guaranteed money.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    You don’t have to not make mistakes to get paid, you have to do things like set a teams all time single game playoff rushing record, or average 158 yards from scrimmage.

  • Aj Gentile

    I disagree with his statement. I don’t think it’s all on him. He would start it but then Johnson would help, then Gurley and Elliot. Peterson got a huge deal, how did that help other running backs?

  • SilverSteel

    And how is being offered 50% over the highest paid player not “getting paid”? That is my only point.

  • Romel Roze

    There is only one other back in Bell’system class and that is David Johnson. These guys are as good as a any player in the league.

    If CBS is making 16 mil on a franchise tag and a WR 15, there is no way in hell you can tell me a player like Bell and Johnson should not receive the same money these guys get if not more.

    These 2 RBS are extremely important to their teams and should get paid accordingly. I don’t know who started this crap about RB’s are a dime a dozen, but it is BS. Play good defense and RB effectively and you will win.

    The league seemed to have forgotten that. They want everyone to run the run and shoot offense for ratings, but if teams will go back and build their OL, get a good RB and build a strong defense they will when more than they loose. The Giants beat the highly favored Bill’s and the K-gun offense by running the ball and playing good defense.

  • Romel Roze

    It is more likely they find another good WR than good RB unless James Conner is the one.

  • Romel Roze

    When you compare that figure vs the figuresame of other positions it is peanuts, especially for a player of Bell’s caliber.

  • Romel Roze

    Only one player on the Steelers touch the ball more than Bell, and that is the QB.

    In fact, Bell touches the ball more than all the other skill position players combined, and has more yards than all other players on the team.

    He is the leading rusher and 2ND leading receiver on the team, but he is only worth 12mil per year.

    That is a joke.

  • Geoffrey Benedict

    That offer was 70% of Browns contract per year.

    Bell produced 95% of Brown’s yardage and 68% of the TDs Brown produced in 71% of the games Brown played in over the last three years.

    People look at a position league wide that is being dominated by RBs on their rookie deal, Bell is resetting the market, and he should.

  • Reggie Cunningham

    I like lbs jersey as well. I’m a big guy so I prefer linebackers jersey. I couldn’t see myself in Rogers jersey

  • Reggie Cunningham

    He held out or hold us up 2 yrs straight….lol. Just being funny about him being suspended.i understand where Bell is coming from but he’s the wrong one to make a stand. The guy has no trust value. If he was one of those guys that u didn’t have to worry about I’ll give him close to what he needs. 1 yr you’re suspended 3 games and the next 4. You haven’t gave the team a full time player

  • SilverSteel

    Ok. Agree to disagree

  • Chris Ellis

    I appreciate that, capehouse. All of us want the same thing – to see the Steelers win the Super Bowl. The Bell contract negotioation really brings up a larger issue about the way NFL contracts work vs. other professional sports leagues and the way fans, for whatever reason, typically side with the team instead of players in these situations. It really is an interesting discussion.