Le’Veon Bell On Snapchat: “I Gotta Get Better, Apparently”

Le’Veon Bell has made his first public comments since the deadline to sign his tender passed, meaning he’ll have to play this season on his franchise tag.

On Snapchat about 15 minutes ago, Bell seemed to be leaving a workout session.

“Well, it’s a long day. Me and Jalen, we back at it. I gotta get better, apparently.”

 

Jalen Bell is his cousin, by the way, a running back for Cal U. Bell’s last comment, “I gotta get better,” is probably some frustration after not being able to come to agreement with the Steelers over a long-term deal. That’s despite reported “intense” negotiations which lasted throughout Monday.

Now, he has no choice but to sign his franchise tender and play out the year, set to become a free agent in 2018. The Steelers can’t try to work out a long-term deal with him until after the season. They could also place the franchise tag on Bell again, but that’ll cost over $14 million, certainly a high price to pay I am sure the team would like to avoid.

It is unknown if Bell will show up on Day One of training camp. Many have speculated he won’t join the team until sometime in August, following the lead Eric Berry took a year ago.

The positives here is that there seems to be a good relationship between the Steelers’ organization and Bell’s camp, increasing the odds of a contract extension eventually getting resolved. We won’t know that answer, of course, for many months.

 

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  • Abed Medawar

    In KC and MT we trust!

  • rdjmsr53

    $12.1 million seems like a lot. It’s 4million more then the next highest paid back. Not to bad. Now comes the hold out. I wouldn’t be surprised if he held out for six games and that may not be a bad thing. Because the Steelers are going to run his legs off, so in a way I don’t blame him for wanting more

  • Paul Rainey

    He absolutely has to get better at “availability”. Won’t sign his tag for 50% more than the highest paid player at his position and his lack of concern about his teammates tells me it is time to move on. We have won without him while he was suspended, won without him while he is injured. I say go see how much you are worth on the open market playing for a team without one of the best offensive lines, quarterbacks and wide receiver in the league.

  • Robert E Lil

    That is EXACTLY why the Steelers were right to hold off.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I think whether this is his last year in pitt or not depends on Ben’s future as well as how close they get to a ring this year. If Ben retires or they miss the playoffs this year, they don’t even think about a second straight tag at 14M. If Ben agrees to another year and the team makes it to the AFC champ game again, might be worth the huge price of another tag to take 1 more shot while the window is still cracked open.

  • dany

    That’d be great but don’t take it personal Bell, just like you do the steelers also have to protect themselves and their future. If it’s not viable for you then you don’t sign, think of the flip side too and you will understand

  • pittsburghjoe

    Naa, you are as good as it gets LB. You will be a highly paid rented mule for next year and probably two (baring injury, of course). Then you will free to negotiate your next long term deal… battered, bruised…. and with whatever you have left in the tank. Your best days will have been as a very well paid Steeler.

  • Steel Your Face

    Reason #18 that social media is stupid.

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    Excellent post, Dany.

    This is a business. This is about money. Bell is trying to get as much as he possibly can. The Steelers are trying to sign him for as low of a guarantee as he will accept. That’s fine. Don’t take it personal. Colbert’s statement shows that he hopes a deal can get done next year. No need to get snippy.

    The Steelers owners like you, Le’Veon. The Steelers coaches like you, Le’Veon. The Steelers fans like you, Le’Veon. It’s not about getting better. You chose not to sign their offer in hopes of getting more money. That’s okay. They will gladly pay you $12.1 million as your players union agreed.

    Now let’s get to work.

  • TroymanianDevil

    I really want to know the numbers both sides were at by the deadline.

    If the reports about the Steelers offer for a long-term deal averaging more than 12mil /yr are true .. no LeVeon, not better, you need to get smarter, apparently.

  • Rob H

    Nah, you don’t need to get any better, just prove that you can make it through an entire season without missing significant time due to injuries and suspension, maybe even make it through the postseason as well.

    If the reports about what they offered are true, then he lost any sympathy he might have gotten from me. And, if he really wants a long term deal that averages even close to 15 a year, and that wasn’t just playful lyrics from a bad rap song, then he better be prepared for the possibility of having to prove it next year as well, before he tries to see if anyone else will pay that amount two years from now, because the Steelers won’t, nor should they.

  • falconsaftey43

    Why would he hold out 6 games? That’s just giving money away. He is not allowed to sign a new deal now till after the season.

  • falconsaftey43

    What is, that he needs to get better?

  • RickM

    The ship has sailed IMO on an extension from the Steelers. He’ll be 26 and 1/2 years old at the start of the 2018 season and 31 other teams will be waiting. They may tag him, but I can’t see him agreeing to a long-term deal without testing the waters first. And if he has a good year, someone will offer more than we will.

  • SilverSteel

    His statement seems like an immature thing to say after being offered way more than any other back in the league. wow…

  • ND_Steel

    Nah, he won’t sign til it starts costing him money…then I suspect he just won’t be fully healthy for the first half of the season…you know…a nagging injury and all…his goal will simply to be fully healthy at the end of the year. Sucks to now have so much money tied up in a guy with little incentive to play half the season.

  • falconsaftey43

    I think if Ben retires they’d be motivated to tag again (assuming he plays well etc.) Because you’ll be breaking in a new QB (rookie, Dobbs?) And Bell would make that a lot easier on the new QB.

  • Michael Conrad

    Look the chances of Bell playing two years without injury are slim to none . He is special but has a shelf life of about seven years. The Steelers know that.

  • ND_Steel

    Keeps endearing himself to the fan base…because we can all relate to two gold chains and a fat gold medallion around our neck and being insulted with an offer to make 50% more than our inferior peers…

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I see your point, but I think (maybe hope) that they’d think spending 14 million of their cap space on a 1 year deal when they have no chance to contend would be a waste. It’d be better to blow it all up IMO.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    It is what it is. Just keep grinding. I’m all in regardless. Probably will be his last year, because I don’t see another tag and this negotiation process may have soured him to this organization. Hate that.

  • Steel B

    2017-18 Bell’s last season with the Steelers

  • Robert E Lil

    That he cant shut up

  • falconsaftey43

    The team would be very good outside of QB. Surely not going to win. A Super Bowl, but don’t know why you’d be looking to blow it up. That just means you’d have a terrible team surround a young QB, takes a long time to dig out of that hole.

  • David Dulaney

    Inability to stay off the weed indicates he’s not dependable.

    Inability to realize he may be the worst rapper ever means he’s not too smart.

    Plus, he’s an RB in a passing league. Replaceable.

    Steelers doing the right thing by not over-paying.

  • Ed Smith

    Don’t respond to ‘Lil. He’s a troll from Cincinnati or Baltimore… always on here seeing if he can stir up Steeler Nation. Please do yourself and the rest of us a favor and ignore him.

  • ND_Steel

    Oh there are going to be a lot of negative comments…he’s still our RB this year…assuming he signs his franchise tag…

  • falconsaftey43

    You’re right, he said some inflammatory stuff right there. Really showed what a terrible person he is. Give me a break.

  • falconsaftey43

    Thanks for the tip. Noted.

  • JNick

    He does need to get better though. He needs to focus 9n his football, not rapping. Oh yeah and try and not get suspended too.

    Otherwise I don’t blame him and won’t be upset if he doesn’t show up til August. The other side of the franchise tag is the players having no security. I respect him wanting to play it safe in training camp and preseason to stay healthy.

  • Ed Smith

    Agree. Think this is only way Bell remains a Steeler more than 1 year.

  • Guillermo Garcia-Gomez

    I just don’t think they’d be true contenders and would have a hard time posting a winning record. Qb is the most important position by many exponents. I’d rather not have 30m tied up in skilled position players when I know my offense is going to struggle with a below avg qb anyways.

  • Ed Smith

    No problem. Steelers Nation sticks together and has each others’ backs!!

  • ND_Steel

    So much for a low drama off season….jinxed us Dave 😉

  • falconsaftey43

    Yeah RB in a passing league. He’s pretty much useless. I mean, only 5th most yards from scrimmage since he was drafted. Everyone can do that. I mean, at least 4 other guys can.

  • Jaybird

    I don’t want to overpay for Bell or anyone else for that matter. But I don’t know how the hell you replace Bell. The only other back I’ve ever seen that is similar to Bell is Marshall Faulk.

  • falconsaftey43

    It’s not like you get bonus points for not spending the money though. Unless you’re going to go and spend it on someone else (I could get it if you used that money to go sign a big time defensive FA, but Steelers haven’t shown that they will do that), no reason not to spend it.

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, it seems very unlikely he ever gets a long term deal now. We had more leverage this year. At least we now have something to debate about in this football purgatory before camp. So, at least there is that…

  • David Dulaney

    Good point, because I called him useless. Oh, except that I didn’t.

    And ask the Vikings about the wisdom of tying up your salary cap on a RB.

  • falconsaftey43

    Well said. I’m sure he will be ready start of the season and play excellently. Revisit next year.

  • Ed Smith

    Agree.

    IF that is true then his “imma need 15” lyric was perhaps more than hyperbole. And if true, bye, bye Bell after this year because the FO will never overpay like that.

    IF those numbers are true then Bell has shown he is a “Show me the money!” Guy and NOT true Steelers material (putting self WAY above team).

  • Jaybird

    “Rate the offseason drama” was a question on Friday Night Five a while back. I put down zero. I might have to bump that up a notch or three.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Please leave rap out of this. This has nothing to do with rap and it never has.

  • falconsaftey43

    You certainly implied he’s not impactful with the “RB in a passing league” remark.

    Vikings problem is never having a real QB. Their team is very talented outside of that.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Very talented!

  • RickM

    I wasn’t recommending that they offer him a long-term deal next year. I was simply responding to the article’s suggestion that one might get done next spring. With all due respect to Alex, I think there’s no chance of that and my guess is that the relationship between Bell and the team is actually pretty strained right now.

  • David Dulaney

    I’d agree, except that I made the mistake of actually listening to him once. If he actually believes he’s not horrible, he’s got some severe narcissism issues.

  • JNick

    The Steelers pay for talent. Not character.
    If they did Antonio “let me Facebook this” Brown and James “Slap yo Baby Mama” Harrison would not be in the Black and Gold.

  • deuce_seven

    If he does that, he knows it undermines his chances of getting a big deal in 2018 from anyone.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    It’s a friggin hobby dude. Get off it! It’s crazy ppl horbor over the smallest of things. He’s the best RB in football, who cares how you feel!

  • Jaybird

    I’m with you on this one Rick. Except for one scenario. If the Steelers think they are oh so close to winning it all next year and they think Bell could put them over the top. Then I could see them tagging him again.

  • David Dulaney

    I love him. But you can’t deny that teams with mid-level RBs can and do win Super Bowls. Can we name even one NE RB over the past 10 years who was truly great?

  • nutty32

    Steelers sign plenty of “free agents” – their own.

  • David Dulaney

    I love him too! But I’m just analyzing the wisdom of devoting a large amount of franchise money to a guy who has character traits that are far from 100% rock solid.

  • falconsaftey43

    In not denying that at all (although I hate all the NE comps,give me Brady and Belicheck and I’ll win a Superbowl with half the rosters in the NFL). But don’t short change how good or impactful Bell is. He carried this team down the stretch. Legit arguments for not investing big money in on guy because of injuries etc, but still a very important position.

  • David Dulaney

    No argument there.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Like I said, nothing to do with rap.

  • RickM

    Well half the fanbase thought a deal would get done and half didn’t based on last Friday’s 5 Questions. I thought Bell would understand the personal risk of incurring a 5th injury in 2017 and possibly having a 3rd surgery in three years. And he would take a lucrative deal now. I didn’t read the tarot cards right on that one obviously.

    I notice that Bruce Allen of the Redskins has made public the team’s unsuccessful offer to Kirk Cousins to explain to fans that management did its best to sign him. I would love Colbert to do the same thing, but I won’t hold my breath.

  • nutty32

    AB and Deebo can baby sit my kids any day .

  • JNick

    But a very good RB, who doesn’t miss a full season of football in his first 5 years is arguably more impactful than a phenomenal one who does.
    Honestly anymore than a 3 year contract at this point comes with a ton of risk for the team. I’m willing to bet years was the issue, not money per.

  • RickM

    Absolutely. The extension is a goner. A 2nd tag definitely isn’t.

  • falconsaftey43

    Yeah not the Steelers style. And Bell’s camp has no motivation to leak the numbers.

  • WilliamSekinger

    From everything I’ve read (granted it could all be wrong) the Steelers offered over 12mil per year. The sticking point was apparently guaranteed money. If that is true, I’m disappointed. With his injury/drug use history he was in no position to demand more guaranteed money than the team was willing to offer especially on a contract over 12mil per year.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Tag him again, if he won’t sign a long term deal you gotta milk the prime years out of him. When Ben leaves we’re going to really miss LeVeon

  • falconsaftey43

    Guess we’ll never know

  • JNick

    AB wouldn’t show up because of prior obligations and Deebo would bring his pitbulls.
    😉

  • Mrs Bighead

    When Ben hangs it up we’ll be really wishing we had Bell.

  • JNick

    The optics of it are very bad. The fact that he’s rapping about his contract is pretty bad. The rapping itself is absolutely atrocious.

  • falconsaftey43

    And I don’t think tagging Bell again would prevent them from doing that.

  • JNick

    Actually we probably will. We will just see it from afar as he will likely be on another team. I’m not bashing him but its reality. If he didnt have the injury and/or weed problems its a no brainer, but he is a high risk signing asking for historical money. Its simply unprecedented.

  • falconsaftey43

    Meant we won’t know what Steelers were offering

  • JNick

    Gotcha

  • D.j. Hoy

    My gut feeling was he wasn’t going to be happy with what the Steelers offered. He’s been saying all along how he wants to be paid like a receiver. I don’t think the Steelers are willing to do that. Sadly, I’m sure another team will. Here we go Conner, Here we go!

  • JNick

    I do not want Colbert to do anything that Allen does. That FO is a train wreck and no good comes from burning a player that still has to wear the uniform for another year.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Frankly I’m stunned this didn’t get done.

  • Ryan Alderman

    Exactly.

  • Ryan Alderman

    I disagree, this is a guy we should not and cannot afford to let get away.

  • WreckIess

    I don’t see an issue with this. Actually it’s pretty true. If he was a better player then the team would’ve given him the contract that he wanted. The team doesn’t think he’s good enough to get that contract so he’s going to get better so he can get it. If he feels slighted then good. Give me a pissed off Le’veon Bell.

  • RickM

    No I’m sure the team knows he’s an excellent football player. They just recognize the risk that he brings injury-wise and they weren’t prepared to guarantee as much of the contract as Bell wants. That was always the issue. Would Bell understand that he comes with some risk given his surgeries, injuries and suspensions? My guess is that he doesn’t see himself as a risk at all.

    I hope we don’t go down that silly road of ‘he’s not good enough’ because we’re bitter. That bitterness is undoubtedly what triggered Bell’s comment ‘I guess I have to get better.’ We all know he’s a superb talent. But we also know the team had every right to protect itself with respect to the amount of money it was willing to guarantee.

  • Steeler-Drew

    He knows and anyone with any sense knows it’s not about him getting better. The Steelers would take a repeat performance of the last few years in a heartbeat at the price they are paying him now. So not inflammatory but a shot non the less since a deal didn’t get done. I think It simply comes down to him placing more value on himself than the Steelers do.

  • WreckIess

    Sure it’s a risk and sure they know he’s a great player, but if he was a better football player they’d be willing to overlook the risks. Since he’s not a good enough player, he’s choosing to train harder (as evidenced by his next few snaps of him and his cousin in the gym).

  • Chris92021

    Yeah, stay healthy and stay clean. If Bell does that, he will commend whatever money he wants in 2018.

  • Xclewsive

    This sucks that they can’t just extend him while he’s tagged.

  • T3xassteelers

    I think Bell will be even more motivated. Good luck NFL.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    And just think, none of us know anything that happened in negotiations. Rap has nothing to do with this. You can say whatever you want about how good or bad or whatever, but him rapping anything does not or will ever make him a bad person. The optics of you even discussing this in a football forum doesn’t paint you in the greatest of lights if that’s the case.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Agree. Not only did not getting a deal done hinge on his previous suspensions and injuries it also hinges on what Ben decides to do next year. And as he said he is taking it year by year. So it makes sense to take a year by year approach with Bell.

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    that’s why I think they’ll sign him to a long term contract once Ben retires will be a a lot of cap space

  • LucasY59

    they offered him some security and he turned it down

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    maybe it’s just my love for the Steelers but I want all the killer B’s to retire as Steelers I know at the end of the day business is business but it just feels right

  • pittsburghjoe

    Rear view mirror, his miles are adding up quickly.

  • Milliken Steeler

    This is going to rub some people wrong but pouting over twelve million? It’s not about getting better, its his demonstrated maturity added to injuries. He can’t honestly not know that. He is probably the best back in the league. Is anyone complaining about his production?

    I like Leveon. He is his own worst enemy though sometimes. Did the dust even settle from the New England loss, when he busted out Shrimp Bayless? Maturity and injuries, are the hesitation on the Steelers part.

  • LucasY59

    i think I answered that as “other than Bell’s tag/extension, very little drama, it could change depending on if he signs” looks like there is more drama now

  • Reg Sayhitodabadguy Hunt

    I think with all these weapons we have on offense bell is gonna have a record breaking yr maybe not as many carries but record breaking you heard it here first

  • RILipps

    No you have to be available in the playoffs when your team needs their stars. Oh and apparently you need to try back to back seasons without getting suspended.

  • RILipps

    Big difference between facebook live and two seasons beginning with LB being suspended and always hurt.

  • RILipps

    Well said. Wish him luck in Jacksonville or Cleveland or whatever terrible team has 15m per year to pay him.

  • JNick

    Both show a severe lack of character

  • JNick

    He believes his security is worth more. The have the leverage and they wielded it. It’s not like he has much choice. Sign a contract your not happy with or play with no security.

  • Steeler-Drew

    If Ben stays I would be all for a 2nd tag. If not I agree his ship has officially sailed. The way Tomlin runs running backs into the ground I can see his value going way down after 2 years. That’s not even counting any additional injuries he may incur. I also think teams may get onto his running style this year and he may be less effective despite having a great OL. Bruschi did a piece on how teams lacked staying in their gaps against Bell prior to the championship game. Bell didn’t have much success against the Patriots prior to his injury partly because they were maintaining their gaps. Of course they were the #1 rated defense but I have to think teams are going to make an adjustment on how to defend his running style.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    There is a difference between value and quality that he doesn’t seem to understand. He sounds a lot like Jimmy Graham before he got moved to Seattle.

    He might be and probably is the best back in the game but he sees that 12 million and thinks that is his value. Supply and demand. There just isn’t a high demand for what he brings to the game. That isn’t to say he isn’t the best only that he still has a pay scale in the NFL. If he thinks someone will pay him 12 million a year for 5-6 years he is going to be sadly mistaken.

  • JNick

    You’re absolutely right. What nerve do i have talking about what a football player does in the public eye on a football blog.

    Did you go off on Dave for allowing the links to be posted on here of his rap songs? I bet not. Because it’s relevant.

    My comment was in reference to his obvious lack of maturity and ability to be smart. Rap isn’t bad. Rapping about your contract in a contract year is stupid. I would also be concerned as his employer in his focus on other things not football related.

  • PaeperCup

    We’ve also lost without him.

  • PaeperCup

    Well now’s the time to prove it. If Bell doesn’t think he’s done enough to prove what he feels he’s worth, then show them why they can’t let you go.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    And you’re the first to bring rap up every chance you get, for what? Who cares if he raps? That has nothing to do with how he feels about not getting a contract extension. I read another post of yours saying he should focus on not rapping. Huh!?! That’s like telling someone to not focus on hunting or someone to chill out on acting! They are hobbies! Get over it!

  • Steeler-Drew

    If I were a betting man my bet would be Bell is going to come up on the short end of the stick by betting on himself. The Steelers I’m sure gave hime a fair offer as they always do for valued players. If they tag him again, which is real possibility if Ben stays his value will probably go down from what the Steelers offered him in two years. He really needed to look at the big picture and realize wear and tear, increased age at the RB position, less importance in the RB position, moving to perhaps a team with an average offense with an average offensive line and no franchise QB lowers his value significantly in two years.

  • Steeler-Drew

    If that’s accurate that’s more than fair on the Steelers part. Much more than I thought they would offer. I was thinking more along the lines a 10 million per year but realize guaranteed money is the deal maker or breaker. Can’t blame the Steelers for not overpaying the guaranteed money until he can show a track record of staying clean and healthy.

  • Robert E Lil

    The Steelers don’t want a long term deal with him

  • pittfan

    He could get more, from a crappy team. Hard to imagine the team not offering him a good deal but to stay on a super bowl team, ya gotta spread the cheddar around
    Go sign with the Browns, see how you like that

  • RickM

    Bell was just being sarcastic. The guy was considered the 5th best player in the NFL last year on the Top 100 list. It has nothing to do with lack of ability. It’s business unfortunately and the two sides have different ideas as to his value.

    My guess from reading what’s been written is that Bell thinks the Steelers did not hold his injuries against him. But if they offered him less guaranteed money, they certainly considered them.

  • RickM

    I definitely think the Ravens figured it out for that one game in Baltimore and N.E. did for the brief time he played. So yes, as you mention there may be a bit of a formula developed by D’s to limit him. Like you, I think there’s a pretty good chance that diminshing returns could start in 2019 as he heads into his 7th year as an NFL RB.

  • 2winz

    He won’t go to Jacksonville, they drafted a rb in the 1st this year. I would rather have him join the browns than the purple birds (assuming he ends up on another team.)

  • 2winz

    Let’s see those teams or any team try and do that with Brown and Bryant starting.. You’re asking to get carved up by play action.

  • Chris Ellis

    Dude, what are you even saying? He’s going to sign his tag, he’s said as much. But there’s no incentive to sign it right this second. Go google Eric Berry’s contract negotiation last year and you’ll have a clearer idea as to what’s going on. What lack of concern is he showing for his teammates? It’s training camp – I think his teammates are okay. To your last point – if you’re okay with winning 9-11 games every year and getting beat by the Patriots/Broncos/Team X every year in the playoffs then thats your prerogative. But if your goal is to win the Super Bowl than its probably a good idea to have as many elite players as possible.

  • Chris Ellis

    This.

    Although let’s be careful about judging Le’Veon for a Snapchat post. He clearly had a frustrating day – and for the record, if he’s really trying to improve upon last year in hopes of getting more money than I’m all for it. Maybe that’ll finally get the Steelers over that Patriots sized hump in the playoffs.

  • Chris Ellis

    What reports? Do you have a link? I’ve been looking all day and haven’t seen anything about how much the Steelers offered.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    Screw you bell.

  • Gautama Om

    yeah 50% more pay than the 2nd highest paid RB is definitely disrespect. Apparently Bell seems to think his value should be 75% or double the 2nd highest paid RB?

    STFU Bell; your sarcasm as zero merit.

  • JNick

    Literally 2 posts I mention it here and you say I bring it up every chance I get. C’mon man! Hyperbole much.
    I don’t need to get over it. You know why? Cuz I really don’t care. I’m not the one throwing away my earning window and rapping about it. Like I said, it shows his immaturity and lack of awareness, but it’s on him.

  • jsteeler

    you don’t know him!

  • Michael James

    You can say what you want about Bell, but while I wouldn’t cry over him leaving, I also have to admit that it would be a very very very big blow to our offense. Bell basically WAS the offense for long stretches last season. He’s simply that good.

  • Alan Tman

    I would have much rather have Bell signed than AB. They gave AB 6 million more per year. We had AB last year and got destroyed by the Pats. If Le’Veon would have been there we would have had a chance because we would have had the ball longer. We might have wore their defense down. Not to mention we seem to be great at drafting wide outs. Everyone wants to brag Bell’s the best in the league but thinks he should be paid 8 to 10 million less than AB? Why is that?

  • Alan Tman

    Maturity was an issue with AB and he got 18 million per.

  • Steve

    The injury vrs the Pats beat the cake last year. Seems when we really need Bell he is hurt or gets suspended.

  • Alan Tman

    I don’t think so. He will get paid by someone.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    He rapped about, it’s over. Quit bringing it up if you don’t care. Ppl bring this rap thing up all the time like 15 mil was on the table. We don’t no anything. When did he even rap about that? Last year? Jeez.

  • Kevin Reich

    Poor Bell

  • JNick

    You’re right. It’s over now. Likely no long term contract from the team that drafted him that he apparently really wants to play for. I wonder if he could have done anything different over the past 4 years to have made that a reality. Geez. I can’t think of anything…

  • Milliken Steeler

    I hear you Alan, but I think you have maturity, plus injuries, plus being suspended. All of those things, weigh into the Steelers just offering a break the market deal. They did offer an average of more than that 12 million a year, I’m hearing.

  • steelcityinny

    He should always want to get better, what hampers this contract situation is his off the field issues and recent injuries. So he needs to get better at not smoking dope.

  • Conserv_58

    A delusional, immature and sarcastic comment like this is not going to win him many supporters. Le’Veon would be better served to say nothing than to say anything at all.

  • Conserv_58

    Laying the blame for why the Steelers lost the AFCCG on AB is ridiculously disingenuous at best. He can’t throw the ball to himself. Additionally, there is no guarantee that if Belll played that they would have won, especially since the defense was getting owned by the patriots. Last, but not least, you seem to have overlooked the obvious fact that because Bell was injured and could not play in that game it added to his growing list of games where he was not available to the team when they needed him. His being unavailable goes straight to the heart of why the Steelers could not justify signing Bell to a record breaking deal.

  • Conserv_58

    His two season ending knee injuries and the two suspensions for failing the leagues drug tests most certainly played a key role in the negotiations, as they should have. His also being unavailable for the AFCCG entered into the equation.

    It was reported that the negotiations were going to be tough and their clearly were. I side with the Steelers for obvious reasons.

  • Conserv_58

    IMO, the fact that AB’s outstanding worh ethic and thus his always being available was the determining factor.

  • Conserv_58

    What was offered is pure speculation until we get verifiable information.

  • Alan Tman

    You did not address one thing I said. Lol

  • Conserv_58

    Apparently Bell and his agent were delusional about his worth to the team.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Yeah, weed.

  • Conserv_58

    You said they had AB and got destroyed by the pats. That’s true, but I countered with the fact that AB isn’t the reason why they lost to the pats. You said, they might have wore their defense down with Bell. That’s a huge might. IMO, the simple fact that the pats owned the Steelers defense so completely that having Bell wouldn’t have had the affect that we hoped he would have had.

  • Alan Tman

    It was 17-9 at the half. Bell would have had a real chance to impose his will on that game. Plus look at AB’s games without Ben. He could have had 20 carries into the third quarter. I also did not blame AB. I’m just saying Bell was the MVP in the playoffs by far. How anyone could think that Brown deserves 18 per and Bell doesn’t deserve close to it 4 years younger surprises me.

  • Alan Tman

    If they win something it would. Lol

  • Ray3

    When Ben hangs it up, it won’t matter who the Steelers have until they find another franchise QB.

  • Ken Krampert

    He will be in the starting lineup week 1 of the regular season. Nothing else matters. Write it down…..

  • stan

    Its frustrating that he doesn’t acknowledge that his frequent injuries and drug suspensions are holding him back. He should know that no one expects anything more of him on the field. Two drug suspensions and the failure to play a full season would affect anyone.

  • Ryan Alderman

    I think all these gargantuan NBA GUARANTEED contracts that ESPN talks about 24/7 didn’t help either. I’m sure the Steelers put something on the table that would have made him the highest paid RB in the league, too.

  • Paul Rainey

    How many Super Bowls have they won with Bell? Answer, none.

  • Richard Cetrone

    How about staying healthy? Hasn’t fully completed one season healthy yet. Came close last season, but his injury against the Pats pretty much guaranteed our loss.

  • Chris Ellis

    The list of players who haven’t won a Super Bowl is pretty long. Not really sure what you’re getting at.

  • Paul Rainey

    For the slow witted readers, my point is that the Steelers have won six super bowls, all without Bell. They offered him more than he is worth and he will never be the reason they win a super bowl. Move on and spend the money on team players.

  • Chris Ellis

    1. Try not to get personal on a message board. It makes you look really terrible.

    2. They may not have won a Super Bowl with Bell, but they’ve certainly won a ton of games because of him. They haven’t won a Super Bowl with AB yet, does that mean he wasn’t worth his contract? Obviously not. The number of rings you have doesn’t equate to value. I’d say they have a better chance of winning the Super Bowl with Bell then without him.

    3. Just because a guy doesn’t sign a contract he thinks undervalues him doesn’t mean he isn’t a team player. That isn’t how life works. The NFL is a business first. He feels RBs aren’t as valued around the league as they should be. That has nothing to do with how he feels about his teammates and the Steelers in general.