Bouchette: Le’Veon Bell Vetoed Contract His Agent Agreed To

While we already think we know most of the details related to the multi-year contract that Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell turned down just over one month ago, a report released Friday morning by Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette includes a previous unknown element of those negotiations.

According to Bouchette, the Steelers thought they had come to terms with Bell’s agent, presumably Adisa Bakari, on a five-year deal but the running back nixed it at the last minute on July 17, the league deadline for him to sign a new long-term deal.

The details of that five-year contract that Bell turned down, according to Bouchette, are roughly the same that Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network reported a month ago. Bouchette says that the deal the Steelers thought they had in place with Bell’s agent averaged more than $!2 million annually and would have paid the running back $30 million in the first two years. Pelissero, by the way, reported a month ago that Bell would have earned $30 million in the first two years of the new deal and $42 million during the first three years.

Bouchette points out in his Friday report that the amount of fully guaranteed money, including the proposed signing bonus amount, is still unknown and those are of course some key details. With that said, the Steelers normal way of doing business with non franchise quarterbacks is to fully guarantee nothing other than a signing bonus when it comes to contract extensions.

Also included in Bouchette’s report is that sources told his paper that Bell wants an average of $15 million and that amount matches lyrics in a rap song he recorded over a year ago titled “Focus” and they are below.

“I’m at the top, and if not, I’m the closest. I’m a need 15 a year and they know this.”

Bell has since said that he wants to be paid like a No. 1 running back and a No. 2 wide receiver, combined. He has also since yet to sign his $12.12 million franchise tag tender and thus hasn’t reported to the team for training camp. A Thursday report from Adam Schefter of ESPN indicated that Bell does plan to sign his tender and report to the team before the start of the regular season. As to when that will actually be is still unknown, however.

If Bouchette’s report about Bell nixing a deal that his agent deemed fair is indeed true, his decision to go that route certainly won’t sit well with a good portion of the Steelers fan base. At this point, however, there’s no use crying over spilled milk. Bell will eventually report for duty and we’ll see how his 2017 season plays out.

If Bell ultimately has another great season and remains healthy in the process, the Steelers will need to decide next offseason if they want to put the franchise tag on him again with an even greater possibility at that point that a long-term deal won’t eventually follow.

Being as the Steelers franchised Bell this year, his tag number in 2018 will now be over $14.5 million.

UPDATE:

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Screw. This. Guy. I honestly don’t want him on my team anymore. I hope he does well this season for the Steelers, and they make a deep postseason run, and that the Steelers choose not to re-tag him or re-sign him. Then I hope someone signs him to a big six-year contract, and he blows his knee out and gets cut.

  • Timothy Karwowski

    It’s obvious he was feeling oppressed, with good reason

  • rystorm06

    Hey, pay him like a #1 RB and #2 WR if he is: 1) the #1 Rusher in the league, 2) Gets more receiving yards and receiving TD’s than Martavis Bryant.

    Oh and, NOT injured in the postseason. He’s never shown the reliability to be healthy when needed most: in the playoffs.

    Otherwise, bye felicia!

  • Denny

    I agree, it is definitely hard to root for a guy like that, but if he helps win a Super Bowl, all will be forgiven.

  • Jason Dock Dudley

    What a sad commentary you just made.

  • SteelersDepot

    While I understand being upset with this latest report, it’s a little much to wish injury upon him, no?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    If true; Le’veon should have said YES, thank you to Adisa when he handed him the papers to sign; just as Le’Veon should have said NO, thank you to Lagarrette when he handed him the blunt.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    It is. And my response was an emotional one. But dammit, I’m tired of getting excited about Steelers RBs only to have them break my heart over and over again! I was on the verge of grabbing a Bell jersey this past season, and if I had, it would’ve ended up in the heap along with my Mendenhall, Parker, and Staley jerseys.

  • falconsaftey43

    Glad it’s not your team then. Seriously dude, wishing for someone to blow out their knee?

  • falconsaftey43

    I still don’t understand why fans get upset about players choosing or not choosing to sign a deal that’s offered to them. It’s their life, their career, they can do what they want with it.

  • NW86

    I agree. I’m a Bell fan as long he is a Steeler and doesn’t do something bad off the field. Whether or not a player decides to gamble and wait another year in hopes of earning more money makes no difference to me. In this case, I don’t really think it was a smart move because he has more to lose than he does to gain, but that’s his choice. I hope he is healthy and productive all year, and if he does, his gamble will probably be worth it. If he doesn’t – that will be a shame for him, but it’s the gamble he decided to take.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    If he helps us win a Super Bowl? Great. But I don’t want him on this team after this season. He doesn’t deserve to be a Steeler.

  • falconsaftey43

    Couldn’t have said it better myself. Very well put.

  • NW86

    Who says he is a team cancer? I’ve never heard of him causing any locker room problems.

  • Hagen Rinde

    this!

  • Ni mo

    😂😂😂

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Would have to be in the locker room to cause problems, wouldn’t he?

  • Darth Blount 47

    You should wear that Fast Willie jersey with pride. The other two…. not so much. Also, kudos on you for even having a Steelers Staley jersey. That puts you in a VERY select group I’d guess.

  • Ni mo

    You know 35 other running backs mad more money than bell last year , also being number behind jim brown to average 160 yards a game from scrimmage , and he breaks records all the time, he deserve to get paid

  • Darth Blount 47

    Pitchforks… ASSEMBLE!

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    He doesn’t deserve to get paid TWICE as much as the next highest player at his position in the league, regardless of his stats. That’s absurd.

  • Bastiat

    History will not be kind to Bell’s decision. I hope him the best in proving me wrong.

  • NW86

    Well I meant ever in his 4+ years with the Steelers.
    But to your point, yes he would, which means you were wrong calling him a Cancer. You are basically arguing with yourself.

  • falconsaftey43

    He thinks otherwise. He thinks he deserves/can get more money than was offered to him. That’s all that matters. There is no rule against it. It’s the first time in his career he’s even had a choice to make regarding his contract.

  • Ichabod

    Man I hope this comes back to bite him hard. This team is set for a couple of Super Bowl runs and then this moron plays the “its all about me game”
    Please Dave do not lose this picture. I am sure it will come in use in the future.

  • will

    What do you not like about Parker?

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    I was young and impressionable, and thought he was going to follow in Bettis’ footsteps as the next great Steelers RB. Yeahhhh…that didn’t happen so much. Pretty sure I tried to convince my brother-in-law to get me a Zereoue jersey as well. And maybe Fuamatu-Ma’Afala…

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    And he can go right on thinking he’s worth that. For another team.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    He was great for the Steelers, to be sure. I was just hoping his career would be longer, that’s all. I guess I shouldn’t really throw him in with Staley. But he’s not one of those players whose jersey I wear all the time (Like Troy, Hines, Jerome, Keisel).

  • falconsaftey43

    Exactly. You don’t have to think he’s worth it, or even that the Steelers should pay him that (I don’t think they should, tag him once more if he’s great this season, then be done). But it’s silly to be angry at him for thinking it.

  • ThatGuy

    I could not care any less about anything Bell does off the field, contract negotiations included. I hope he dominates for 4 quarters once a week from Sept. 10 to Feb. 4th. All the other stuff is pointless to be concerned with.

  • RevDrEBuzz

    While I agree with his wanting more cash, he hasn’t won a ring yet and he’s shown he’s a dummy smoking enough weed hat a cop could smell it…he should look at himself, but he won’t.

  • Ni mo

    Yes he should look at all the records he broken , so ben , pouncey , shazier , Gilbert shouldn’t have paid to they all stay injured , decasrto too he holds all the time , he’s the best back by far he don’t fumble, he blocks , catches he’s so good that they intentionally took out his knees twice

  • Ni mo

    You must have missed the short bus the morning , or you didn’t take your meds

  • Gizmosteel

    Just run the wheels off of him for 2 years. RB for rent.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Put Bell behind a different offensive line and we’ll see how productive he is. I guess we’ll all find out in a couple years when he’s playing for another team.

  • Ni mo

    Bell is not going anywhere the Steelers want him

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    I appreciate the ad hominem insults sir, really refreshing. Move along.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    We’ll see a year from now.

  • Ni mo

    Wanna bet

  • H.K. northern cali

    Connor anyone??

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Yes please.

  • Ni mo

    Same results bell creates his Own holes Learn football , bye the way howl old are. You 12

  • Ni mo

    Yeah because u crying and having a hissy fit over nothin

  • JCLII

    Tag him again next year and then let him walk.

  • RASTA

    Great! $27 million and 2 Lombardi’s for the Steelers, and they get to run the best running and receiving back on the planet – when not injured or suspended – into the very ground he has dug himself into without worrying about his long term health. That sounds like a bargain to me, especially with how high the salary cap will be by then!

    My only concern is with how the rest of the team will treat a non-practicing diva who did not want to be a Steeler for life because he desires to basically be paid DOUBLE what the 2nd best RB on the planet makes each year…arrogant little pissant.

    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    You’re on this message board posting, same as I am.

  • Steve Johnson

    I wish no harm to this kid, I hope he comes back, has a great season, and the Steelers Hoist #7. However, the contract the Steelers offered him was fair enough, making $4M dollars more than the next highest paid RB. One of the seven deadly sins is GREED. So with that said, LeVeon Bell can take his Rap Music, his lyrics about making $15M per, and his infatuation of being a Crusader, and they all can go to hell right along with his GREED.

    I hope they let him walk or attempt to trade him. Why bother after 2017?

  • Ni mo

    Yeah trade him to Tampa bay

  • NickSteelerFan

    I would say that during the stretch run into the playoffs last year that Bell was the focal point of the offense. In fact, I would say he is just as important to the offense as AB is. I guess it’s not absurd to think he might want to get paid close to the same way that AB does (injuries aside)

  • VaDave

    I still have my Mendenhall game jersey…

  • pittsburghjoe

    If he remains upright after this year, tag him again and throw him away. If he gets hurt this year, throw him away.

  • falconsaftey43

    I don’t see them paying him $15M per year. If Bell’s demands hold firm, I see him getting tagged once more (assuming he is great again this year) and then leaving after that.

  • Ni mo

    Yeah but I’m not crying and wishing harm on no one

  • Ace

    Hey Dave does it make more sense to give him a non-exclusive tag next year? Is there a downside to that? Let other teams dictate his market and if its fair, match it and sign him. If not, collect 2 first rounds or rescind the offer. Thoughts?

  • Ni mo

    4 years 60 mill and 10 mill signing bonus he will take it

  • falconsaftey43

    Probably, but I personally don’t think the Steelers would offer that much. We’ll see.

  • Ni mo

    Yeah we have to wait until February I think , let’s get thru this season first

  • VaDave

    I think Parker is the classic example of the risk involved with giving long term contracts to running back. There is statistical evidence that running backs start to decline when they get to the point where Bell will be shortly career wise. Expecting a Franco Harris or Emmitt length career is not a realistic expectation.

  • ModusTollens

    He certainly is taking a huge risk for marginal financial returns given that the $ difference between the deal that he wants and the deal offered ain’t much. to me, a tenth of that money would be like winning the lottery so i don’t have much reason to support his side. he better hope that he returns to the field in good enough football shape to not get injured. my guess is that missing training camp is going to make him more vulnerable to injury and he is going to regret not taking this deal to the bank.

  • ModusTollens

    and being a hypocrite for stating the reason he turned down the steelers offer is because he didn’t want to devalue the franchise value for his fellow rb’s. we see now that was pure bs. he wants what he rapped about.

  • RASTA

    I agree Dave, as who needs to “wish” injury upon him, he finds that enough on his own unfortunately….which is why he has to be one of the dumbest sob’s around to not take that much guaranteed money in case his next injury is his last. Like I said before, he will now be regarded by me as an arrogant little pissant that can now be truly driven into the ground weekly for the next two years – albeit hopefully mostly in the playoffs and Super Bowl.
    Which really brings this to the all-encompassing question: Why on this Earth do these players hire big-time agents in the first place if they are not going to listen to them anyways?
    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • VaDave

    If he tanks this year like Wallace did, I’ll been in front of the mob..lol. Seriously, I think he’s going to have a great year for us.

  • falconsaftey43

    As average people, our perspective get’s skewed. There is a HUGE difference between $12M and $15M per year. Any way you slice it, it’s a big difference. 25% more. Or $3M per year more. That’s a LOT of money. Like you said, to 99.99999% of us, the league minimum would be like winning the lottery and life changing money. But he’s a professional athlete working on a different pay scale. A 25% raise, is still a 25% raise. Just like another $3M per year is still $3M more dollars.

  • RASTA

    couldn’t even give it away, eh? Lol, had to down vote you on this one as that guy really single-handedly killed the team and us all. Have a great weekend Dave.
    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • ModusTollens

    i don’t hope that he get’s injured, but its crap like this that makes me want to see him traded. while connor is unproven, i hope he gets the opportunity that the steelers gave bell on a silver platter and he turns out to be just as good. that kid has real character and would love to see him hoist #7 instead of bell that is so stupid he got suspended for missing a drug test.

  • will

    I will say this again……..I believe that Bell could have been the most beloved Steeler running back since “The Bus”. (assuming that he could stay healthy) He could have had $42 million over the first three years…………think of that………… an average of $14 Million dollars a year over the first three years!!! He would have been the darling of Steeler Nation. He could have parlayed that popularity into many other outside sponsorships, speaking engagements, Man of the year awards (might be a stretch), commercials, etc. Look how popular Bettis is still today……….He gets many paid speaking engagements as the result of Steeler Nation popularity.
    All of this, I believe, Mr. Bell threw “out of the window” because of his personal decision regarding his contract situation. He most certainly DOES have the right to do what he feels is best for him…….I respect that right. However, I believe his “Imma need 15” mentality ruined what could have been a great thing for him (personally and financially) well beyond his playing days.

  • ModusTollens

    i get it, in real terms its nothing to sneeze at. I was more pointing out the difference in terms of the security it gives him. bird in hand…

  • RASTA

    Yeah, they did try to pay him (50% more than the 2nd best RB in the world!) – which even apparently his agent accepted – so in the end he rejected team, and common sense, for his own rap glorifying himself, as I haven’t heard any one else on this planet singing Bell’s $15 million dollar tune, have you?
    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • george

    I understand your frustration and agree mostly with your points but I don’t ever want to see a player “get his knee blown out.”

  • george

    You just had to bring that up? My ex wife got my #36 jeresy in the divorce. I’m gonna have to go back to therapy now!

  • O’Neal

    I suspected as much, leveon is a very good football player, but a very dumb person

  • WreckIess

    You have to realize how whiny and pathetic this response sounds, right?

  • WreckIess

    No. The whole reason for drafting Connor was so they didn’t have to do that.

  • george

    I really doubt they are going to pay him 15 million a year. RB values are coming down even faster now. They may not even offer him 12 million per year next time around. I think he made a mistake, I would love to see him stay with the Steelers just don’t see it happening.

  • Nolrog

    The top paid WR in football is AB at an average of 17, the 2nd is AJ Green at 15. Bell at 12 million would have been the highest paid RB by about 50% over the next guy.

    I wouldn’t go 15 for him. 12 is more than fair.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Old enough to be able to construct coherent thoughts with proper sentence structure.

  • Justin Warrenfeltz

    Yep. Still believe it.

  • RickM

    Some fans get upset because there’s an expectation that both the player and team will be reasonable and maybe even honorable in their negotiations. Bell is a great player and both he and the Steelers know that. But he has missed 1 of every 4 games, he’s 0-4 in complete seasons, he’s missed more playoff games than he’s played, he’s coming off a second surgery and he’s had two suspensions. Should he factor that important, negative stuff into his evaluation of his contract worth? If he’s being honest with himself, of course. You can’t just talk about your positives and ignore proven negatives that pose a risk to the Steelers in a long-term deal.

    Bell can demand any amount of money. That’s his prerogative. But personally, I feel the Steelers were more generous than I expected in their efforts to sign him. Kudos to the team for not holding all the missed time and future injury risk against him. As for Bell, he amazingly feels he was disrespected by the offer (it was quite an “eye-opener” to him). That tells me that he completely dismisses his 75% participation rate and any risk that his injury and suspension patterns bring. That’s not what you do in fair negotiations.

    I don’t dislike the guy; it’s his life and his decision. He isn’t the first greedy football player and he won’t be the last. But just like he’s entitled to demand almost double what any other RB gets, it’s my right to have little respect for him as a negotiating football player.

  • 6 ring circus

    Haha, I mean lol…but that dude likes to drag out a thread with silly suppositions, trival insults and generally inane argument. Beware.

  • NinjaMountie

    I can only speak for myself and not everyone else. Though, I suspect there are many like me.
    You’re right. He can do whatever he wants. It is his life and his career.
    However, though I agree with all of those things, I also have the right to think (and express) that he is a complete idiot. I also think he seems to have put pride ahead of good sense.
    I don’t hate him. I hope he comes back and puts up 1400 yds rushing and 900 yds receiving and helps us win another SB. That still will not change what I think of him.

  • NinjaMountie

    Well, this really doesn’t surprise me that much.

  • capehouse

    You sound like a nice guy.

  • WreckIess

    Just not quite sure if I believe it. Bouchette repeated the same vague contract info, repeated that Bell had the same issue that a lot of fans said he had (the fact that he wanted $15 mil), and the only new info that he added was that Bell’s agent agreed with the contract(which Adisa Bakari denied).

    Even if this is true, who cares? If Bell thinks he’s worth more that what they offered then that’s just want he believes. It’s not greed, it’s an opinion.

  • Steelers12

    Exactly wishing injury on someone lively hood over pigskin

  • capehouse

    I feel like more is being made of this than it should. Isn’t that just the natural course of decling a contract? Team talks to agent. Agent talks to player. Bell didn’t like the deal. Of course Bell was the one to nix the deal.

  • Ray

    He needs to take more ownership of being suspended twice. While he served his time, Bell needs to factor that the team is taking 100% confidence in him to not get suspended again. Putting $12+ million into a player who has been suspended multiple times, Le’Veon doesn’t really want to seem to take ownership of the risk any team has in signing him to a long term deal.

    While I will root for him and this doesn’t really bother me in terms of fandom, I think someone needs to get across that the best ability is availability which he has disappointed on two occasions

  • Michael Putman

    Wow… a lot of resentment for a talented young player who feels he is worth a lot. I don’t have any personal animosity against Bell. I would have liked him to sign a long term contract. Heck, I would still like him to sign a long term with us after this year. If he wasn’t happy with the offer, he has no obligation to sign it.

    Hoping that he blows out his knee? That is childish. Grow up people, this is a business.

  • Tim

    You sir have the post of the day.

  • RickM

    His agent is in a position where he has to deny the Bouchette story. If he confirms it, Bell would get rid of him for making him look worse.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    This may come as news for some. For me, it’s just confirmation a conversation you and I have already had on this exact topic. And yes, his agent absolutely has to say that if he wants to keep representing Bell ( or anyone for that matter).

  • Ni mo

    You the one whining about bell and hoping he gets hurt sounds like a kid to me

  • RevDrEBuzz

    Anything he says should be taken with a kilo of salt. He’s higher than Tony Montana.

    I remember watching an RB who had a bit of a limp last year not play very well in the playoffs where a young cheaper RB could have helped.

    He picked the wrong fight with the wrong franchise. He was gonna get paid nicely, now…who the hell knows.

    At this point, I would rather see Ben unleash hell with all the WRs and Connor as a power back than deal with LeVeon. I am more curious as to what Ben can do with all those weapons and without the distraction of Bell.

  • Ni mo

    Week he felt it wasn’t enough you can’t blame him tho

  • Ni mo

    Yup beware but I never wish someone gets hurt like your boy did

  • RevDrEBuzz

    You are absolutely right…but, he’s currently not in training camp with the rest of the team. That’s not helpful for the PS chances this year. They have to work around this specialized RB who offers more variables than what the other RBs do, and thus needs to be practicing.

    He’s not helping his position.

  • Ni mo

    Tomlin ran Parker into the ground but he was good tho

  • Ni mo

    I think it was more about guaranteed money than the 12 mill , they only guaranteed him 30 mill for 2 years think about it . That don’t sound like a long term deal

  • Ed Smith

    Will, an excellent point. I am “old school” and believe in the Free Market. Therefore, I will NOT:
    – buy a #26 jersey (was going to)
    – buy any products Bell ever endorses
    – attend any event he ever speaks at

    I will show my dissatisfaction with his greedy, selfish behavior by not contributing to anything he could financially benefit from. It’s called the Free Market. (Season tickets for Steeler games don’t count as that hurts the TEAM – a concept that is very foreign to Bell…). I invite those in Steeler Nation who are equally dissatisfied with the way Bell has conducted himself while he’s been in Pgh to join me in the above.

  • Ni mo

    I respect that , you speaking from the heart

  • Ed Smith

    The greed side comes in when he says he wants to be paid as a #1 RB (he is) AND a #2 WR (he is/will not be). That is just too over-the-top for me.

  • Ni mo

    I doubt they sign him after this year he’s digging his Own grave .

  • chooch12

    $66 million!!! Go find another team that will give you that. Greed! Jackass.

  • Brian Miller

    True…

  • James Rogers

    Sounds good to me.

  • Ed Smith

    Ray, great point about taking ownership for failures. It is a sign of maturity and provides reassurance that lessons have been learned from the past and decreases risk of recurrence going forward.

    Now which Steeler does this sound like?? I say Bryant far more than Bell.
    Bryant = New approach, new attitude, clearly contrite about his past failures and clear he’s changed. At this point, I’d put my $$ on Bryant more than Bell…

  • Brian Miller

    It was tongue it cheek people…i get thed frustration…no one is saying he can’t be a greedy bastard…just as some people think he is ok to hold out for no reason right now and to want ridiculous money, it is just as ok for people to be frustrated and upset with him. Agree to disagree. I doubt Justin actually wished physical harm.

  • Brian Miller

    Yeah, and he was still on his rookie contract. Everyone gets happy with a new contract and more money in the NFL…until one player makes more, and then it’s an I silt to them, or they are underpaid.

  • VaDave

    Lol!! Yeah, I’d actually offered I’d up for sale here on another thread. I was shocked nobody wanted it…you have a good weekend too.

  • James Rogers

    ONLY 30 mil for 2 years? Set for life with that.

  • Biggie

    Tag him for next two years, then if he wants to go and someone pays him as a #1 RB and #2 WR then go for it. I am sure there will be a back somewhere want to run behind our OL. Tired of the ego, me first, gimme money, I’ll worry about teammates when I get paid crap.

  • Ichabod

    bet about what??

  • Ni mo

    True

  • Ni mo

    All of us will be set for life with 30 mill , but athletes think differently look at the baseball and NBA contracts in sane money

  • Eric Marshall

    Nobody is going to guarantee more than 30M to a back who hasn’t finished a year and has already been suspended twice for pot.

  • SteelerSurfer

    Not even a Bengals player?

  • 6 ring circus

    I guess you just have to be adult about it and realize when a comment is not worth a comment. I can’t tell you the times growing up when I wished someone I “loved”, as in my parents, were dead, because they did something to “hurt my feelings”. All my wishing meant nothing. Just a heat of the moment thing. If you can’t understand that, then, well…moving along…

  • Hubert Parker

    If the Steelers didnt offer him 26.5 million in guaranteed money im ok with him not accepting. 26.5 is what he will make in guaranteed money if franchised this year and next. They didnt so he didnt accept. Not hard to undertand. They could of offered 5 years 100 million whats the point of the signing bonus didnt come close to 26.5. Because the only thing guarateed in any Steelers contract is the SIGNING BONUS

  • Dorian James

    I’m not going to speak out of anger here, the agent denied the report anyway. But as I stated in another post if 12 million a year wasn’t enough for you, then thanks for your service and good luck with the rest of your career”ELSEWHERE”.
    No hard feelings though.

  • Dorian James

    IMHO, I’d prefer they don’t even franchise him again just let him walk and get your third-round compensatory pick. We found him, so I’m sure the FO can find someone to replace him.

  • Ray

    I agree. I really like Bryants approach to all of this and his attitude about proving people wrong that continue to put him down.

  • george

    No, but I wouldn’t cry if Burfict and Adam Jones got a case of chronic diarrhea

  • Ni mo

    No matter how heated a person feel you don’t wish them to get hurt

  • FATCAT716

    Wow really? Dude this is business at the end of the day. He is a business & as a business man he feel his product is worth more. These NBA contracts are crazy & for less damage to the body. I love Bell but that’s only as a Steeler if he leaves the love is gone but I don’t wish evil on him smh

  • ryan72384

    Yep I agree. Bryant has the me against the world I’ll show all of you attitude and motivation and that is SCARY considering he was borderline unstoppable and a freakish athlete before he actually started taking life and training seriously.

  • WreckIess

    Do what’s best for you I guess, but wishing a guy gets hurt because he didn’t sing a contract that has nothing to do with you makes you look pretty petulant.

  • Agree 100%! The guy’s a jerk and a self-delusional idiot. They could resign Jim Brown in his prime and he wouldn’t be worth it–not that much more over any other RB they could draft or sign today. I hope they cut him loose and move on with teammates who wants to play together, be paid what they’re truly worth, and win.

  • justafanlikeyou

    I certainly hope they don’t. Put that money into the trenches

  • FlaFan47

    Interesting hindsight … that story about Eric Green turning down Steelers and how he looks back at that now as a mistake

  • Ni mo

    That it won’t bite him 😂😂

  • ryan72384

    I totally agree. What was it his rookie year when he took on 2 ravens defenders at the goal line on Sunday night football and got knocked out cold after losing his helmet? I remember telling my dad Steeler nation just fell in love with that guy. And then last year he literally carried us the last month of the season and then the first 2 rounds of the playoffs. He had a chance to be something special in Pittsburgh. Now I just see him as a greedy me first guy. To turn down a fair contract that a class organization offers you is a slap in the face to them. How anyone can still be a “fan” of his is beyond me. Bring on Conner in my opinion.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The story here isn’t the story. We know he was made an extremely lucrative offer and he turned it down. Smart or not, he had the right to do that.

    To me the story is the consistent talking/leaking from the Steelers side all throughout camp. For the life of me, I can’t see how it’s constructive to their cause. Bell, like many other franchised players before him, is exercising his right to skip camp and show up when the paychecks start. Leaking stories about him that paint him in a negative light isn’t changing that. As Chuck Noll always said, “I only talk about the players that are here.” They need to go back to that way of doing business.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    it’s not about being constructive anymore. they are trying to guilt him into coming. honestly i dont care if he sits out the season. im done with him. fecking greedy loser.

  • ryan72384

    It almost feels like Bell isnt part of the team anymore. Fan base hates him. Organization takes little jabs at him every second they get. Oh well. Bring on Conner. Steeler Nation will love him. #ByeBell

  • Michael Mosgrove

    greedy little punk.
    hey bell,
    Tá tú ina chailliúint ollmhór, tá tú ina náire don fhoireann, tá gach droch-rud agat a tharlaíonn duit sa todhchaí agus tá súil agam go bhfaighidh tú gortaithe.

    Is féidir leat dul ar na carraigeacha.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    agreed.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i wish the steelers would rescind the offer like the panthers did to josh norman .

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i wouldnt put money on either of them. if bryant blows up and has a big year hes still under contract for another year. use him as trade bait and get a couple more picks.

  • Michael James

    In my opinion Bell can do what he want, it’s his good right. But we – as fans – can also express our opinions. He has been suspended twice, he has never played a full season, he has never been able to be on the field deep into the playoffs and he’s coming of a second (or third?) surgery. Then the Steelers offer him a contract that would make him the by far (!) highest paid RB in the league – deservedly so – and he still turns it down.
    Again, that’s his right, I just think it’s not reasonable given all the circumstances.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    to be fair look at our wr corps last year.
    ab double and triple teamed.
    wheat thins. hurt. again
    bryant suspended.
    rogers first season on 53.
    cobi hamilton a cast off from another team
    sammi coates who was a flash in the pan.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    i dont want him back. if we were to win the 7th this year i wouldnt want him anywhere near the trophy. he doesnt care about being with his team mates.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    hell i would be happy with bringing back deangelo as a #1.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    it’s sad. that deangelo williams time here, he showed more of what it was to be a steeler than all of bell’s.

  • Michael

    This one move changes Bell’s popularity into Despicable Me ** Gru overnight… Karma will settle the winners and losers thru time. Stay tuned.

  • Michael

    Me, Me, Me…

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    There’s no way that ANY agent advised his client against signing a deal that averaged 150% of the current highest paid player at that position. There was never a doubt that it was Bell, and only Bell, who made the decision to turn down the offer. Which is completely and totally his right to do. Should be easy to negotiate from here on out, though. Don’t bother. He wants more than the Steelers are willing to give him. Personally, I wouldn’t waste any more time or energy on trying to work out a long term deal. Either franchise him again (depending on whether you feel it’s worth it) or let him walk. No reason to get emotional about it.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    why you gotta insult gru? gru is awesome.

  • Shane Mitchell

    I would seriously consider trading him prior to the season, they wont offer him another contract and I dont even think they would franchise him again at this point.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    If he were guaranteed $30 million then the Steelers should have their heads examined and Bell should be evaluated for a mental disorder for not signing.

    A deal like that would be highly risky for the Steelers – they could be looking at $15 million in dead money against the salary cap in 2018 if anything happened to Bell in 2017.

  • Michael Conrad

    They can trade him or leave him go next year I don’t care. I think the offer was very good considering his injury history. Good luck to him but a lot of the big money free agents have not had great second careers . I will call going to a another team in FA a second career because its all new . Its a team game and things happen to were they never obtain the success with the new team they had before.

  • Michael

    You can trade Bell only with contract not will TAG…

  • Rob

    Welp..

    I have recently signed a deal with the NFL. Details of the contract will not be disclosed. Also, I will not be reporting until next week before the 3rd preseason game.

    Thought I’d share the good news with my SteelersDepot fam!

  • Thomas

    How much money do you think he might be loosing in possible endorsements by pissing off the fan base for no reason like this?

  • RickM

    I agree. His rap song represented his true intentions. He pretended after the public blowback that he wasn’t serious and a deal would get done. But that was a total con. As is his suggestion that he’s doing this on behalf of all other RB’s. No need for further negotiations in 2018. Tag him or let him walk.

  • francesco

    His asking for 15mil per season tells me that he is more injured than we think.
    I bet his groin injury will resurface again.

  • SilverSteel

    Good point

  • The Chin

    WE need an over/under poll for games LBell plays this season. Maybe set the mark at 13

  • Gizmosteel

    I disagree. Rent bell for 2 years and run his wheels off while #7 is here. Then run the wheels off Conner. Then run the wheels off (insert name here). It’s a business with fungible parts.

  • Gizmosteel

    +1

  • Gizmosteel

    +1.

  • nutty32

    Smells like a redsox style leak to pressure the player. Steelers seemingly use this weapon frequently.
    Also, I wonder if agents get a cut of franchise tenders? They certainly don’t do any negotiating. If not, you bet the agent will recommend signing the deal that gives off a commission.

  • SilverSteel

    Excellent take on what could have been. Pittsburgh has always been a blue collar town and the fans that pay the salaries love their FB heroes. You could make a good living doing engagements of all types and keep your celebrity status.

  • Guest12

    The kind of Contract David Johnson signs could have a big impact on Bell’s contract. If he gets something that’s less than what Bell wants, then no way anyone would offer Bell what he wants. Freeman’s contract didn’t effect Bell’s market, David Johnsons will.

  • Guest12

    30/2=15….. that’s 15 a year. 12 mil in the. 3rd year. Steelers do signing bonus for guaranteed money

  • SilverSteel

    A good RB should be able to catch the ball. These days it’s dang near a prerequisite. He’s awesome but not the #2 receiver this year by a long shot.

  • Michael Martin

    I remember banging the table for David Johnson when he was burning blunt”s with Blount. Rooting for the Terminator now.

  • ND_Steel

    I’ll take the under.

  • SilverSteel

    Yes, but if you apply for any job, a good HR guy will look up the salary range for your position and make an offer based on your skill set. We offered him 50% over the NFL scale for his position – who doesn’t take that job?

  • SilverSteel

    Thank you! A short statement that says it all.

  • rystorm06

    because it hurts the team. anything that gets in the way of the steelers winning, pisses me off.

  • SilverSteel

    Hey can I buy all those useless jerseys you have laying in that pile?

  • SilverSteel

    Ok, now it’s getting serious!

  • rystorm06

    Well I hope for his own sake he doesn’t get injured, cause he’s got no future in hip-hop, and from what it sounds like, he’s not the brightest tool in the shed.

  • RickM

    It’s a good question. It’s hypothetical of course, but he suffered his first knee injury in the last game of the regular season and his groin injury in the playoffs. If they had happened earlier in the season, he might have missed 50% of his games by now. With 3 significant injuries in 4 years, if forced to decide I’d go under.

  • will

    Lol

  • will

    Or The Bus

  • RickM

    He should be healthy by now, but groin injuries can easily re-occur as you suggest. I do think though that he had established the $15 M figure a year ago in his rap song. We’ll find out his current health soon enough. I think he’ll be fine, but if he’s not as you suggest that would be really bad form on his part.

  • MC

    Dont want this guy on the team at all. I understand you have to get yours in a game that destroys your body but there needs to be some balance to help your team’s intention of a SB which he has none.
    He’s an immature kid who wants the title of highest paid, it’s a pride thing and theres no need for that much pride in a locker room like the steelers.

  • VaDave

    True story. It an official Chinese knock off game jersey ( in the interest of full disclosure, was assembled in Vietnam) in perfect condition I bought online for $19. I seriously though he was going to be around a while. I should have known a running back working in BA’s offense getting tired of running in to the south end of a northbound offensive lineman’s butt would take the first bus out of Dodge…. have a great weekend Will.

  • Craig Smith

    He needs to go to some crap team that is willing to sacrifice 15m a year to have a good RB on a bad team for ticket sales.

  • walter

    What is it with this guy? Even his teammates implied that he made a mistake. Im not gonna hate Bell. Im still hoping its possible that he will realize he made a mistake. How many millions do you really need? He needs to get on board because the Steelers may use his money on some one else (remember Wallace/Brown?). And we may never have a better chance to get to the SB. And Im not so certain the Steelers will ever offer this amount again to Mr. Bell..

  • walter

    Be careful what you wish for. I hope he never has another knee injury

  • walter

    Parker was great

  • walter

    Even Bells teammates thought it was a good deal

  • walter

    I agree. We dont know what may happen. He may end up sighning for less.

  • walter

    Yea but where did his agent get the idea to accept it? Im thinking Bell changed his mind on the last day.

  • walter

    Im glad AB didnt ask for twice the highest paid WR

  • Robert E Lil

    Gotta say. I am not even his biggest fan but I 100% am on Bells side. It’s true that he has missed time every year but, wit his the way They overuse him- running him into the ground…using him as a wide receiver- he’s owed top rb money plus. If they want him for a lower rate then for goodness sake – put him on the bench in the 4th quarter of a blowout. His body I still his bank – so make him part of a long term plan or pay up if you’re gonna break him down

  • Romel Roze

    Who cares what you think. I am sure Bell doesn’t. You obviously, believe your opinion is worth something based on this idiotic rant of yours.

    Here is a counter to your all encompassing question. Why do sheep believe everything they hear and read in the media?!

    Here is an answer to your rhetorical question….because they have a brain that allows them to make choices.

    Only an IDIOT agent would agree to a deal with a team that is not aligned with his client expectations.

    He knows what deal Bell wants. I am sure they discussed figures before negotiating with the Steelers. He would be a fool to agree to anything that was not aligned with what he and Bell already agreed on.

    He can take the Steelers final offer to Bell and let Bell decide if he will accept or decline that offer after he makes his recommendation to Bell. But what he won’t do is make an agreement with the team that is outside the parameters of what he and Bell laid out.

    I see where the agent said the reports are false. Which they better be for his sake. He wasn’t fired, so I will believe him.

    You keep hearing all these leaks about Bell’s contract….where are they coming from….yeah. I will let the haters ponder that. It certainly is not coming from Bell’s people. Like having idiot fans in an uproar is going to make Bell get in camp any sooner. Freaking idiots.

  • michael young

    I’m all for players betting on themselves when it makes sense…..however this is just foolish. It’s so foolish that I wouldn’t doubt he gets popped for weed again because he must have been high when he vetoed the deal (if true). The Steelers hold all the cards here. They could burn his best years in the NFL and only guarantee him money 1 year at a time under the franchise tag. The risk (huge) vs reward (small) should have given him the comments sense answer here. Sign the contract. One injury this year and he’s in the red. It makes no sense. Even if he stays healthy, he needs to put up career years back to back and even then the workload will make him less attractive to teams. Just a bad move. Selfish, eh. Foolish, absolutely.

  • Romel Roze

    Also, what guaranteed money are you talking about??

    You have no clue what the guaranteed $$ were! It could have been a 10 million signing bonus and that is it. Why accept 10 mil in guaranteed money when you can accept the franchise tender and make 12 mil in guaranteed $$.

    Why accept everything you read without thinking about it and using your brain to make a logical decision! Yeah, Bell is a dumb SOB….really. You guys kill me with this nonsense.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    It’s a business, the 2 sides may or may not have come to an agreement just because they didn’t-doesn’t mean he is a cancer. We as fans won’t ever know and I’m sure that a cancer won’t be tolerated in that locker room by the Steeler organization.

  • Robert E Lil

    armen keteyian Did a special on Revis for 60 minutes. It covered the effort, the labor…the best corner in the NFL put himself through to make his living. It touched on Sean Gilbert teaching him the business. Long and short – people who work that way to be the best owe it to themselves and future players to earn their value. That work should be honored

  • aWaL

    I agree %100….Bell was offered a good deal. What really blows my mind is how excited he was to be drafted by the Steelers. He talked about growing up a fan of the team and could play out his whole career and retire a steeler. Now look….

  • Steel Realist PAul

    Yeah yeah.. this is what we’ve been saying for months. It’s in his lyrics and he wants 15. Again, Bell is about Bell.

  • Nolrog

    While I agree with your point, I am upset that he choose to turn down a deal that I personally believe is more than fair to him, makes him the highest paid RB by 50% over the #2 RB and keeps his abilities in Pittsburgh for 5 years.

    This is a salary cap year, and if he demands 15, that means there’s 3 million that has to come from someone else. Maybe Bryant. Maybe at the expense of upgrading the TE, or having a solid back up OL for injury.

    Demanding a contract that is far and away out of balance with the pay scale; he wants nearly double what other RBs get, is a very selfish thing to do. Not to mention the question of if he signs for 15, and Eliott signs for 15.00001 will he start to complain he was under paid like Revis did before the ink was dry on every contract he signed.

    That is why I am upset.

  • RASTA

    Thanks man, but if your genius self truly thinks that his agent had agreed to that type of deal then have at it…peace.

    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • aWaL

    You do realize that anything stupid he does off the field would possibly mean he’s not on field right?

  • WreckIess

    The only reason why the team would choose to “run the wheels off” is if they decided to react to Bell not signing the contract the same way some ridiculous fans would. The team is better when Bell is available. Let Conner spell him so that he can be. The goal is to win a Super Bowl, not wear Bell down.

  • RASTA

    peace brother, sorry if I offended you, but I guess you might have an idea of how offended I feel about Bell, that is my perogative last I checked.

    I could give two sh**s if you are not offended by his actions, that is your opinion, and I have mine.

    Steelers going to the Super Bowl!

  • Romel Roze

    I do

  • ThatGuy

    Oh I’m so sorry I didn’t know I had to be perfectly PC with my response. Please forgive me!!!!!!

  • Romel Roze

    Yes, this is supposed to be a free country the last time I checked. You can feel a certain way and say whatever you want. However, all I keep hearing is people trashing Bell and making stupid comments. Wanting him to get run into the ground and or hurt because he is making what he believes is the best decision for him and his family. He is a dumb ass for turning down the Steelers offer. Really? So if the Steelers offered him 10 mil in guaranteed money why in the world would he accept that when he can make 12 million in guaranteed money by signing his franchise tender. It would make nonsense for him to do that.

    He is not a slave of Steelers nation. He doesn’t have to do what is best for the fans. If he listen to most of these fans they would have him play for 2 million a year so the Steelers can pay other players, like our DE 10 mil per season.

    This is Bell’s job and his life. He will do what he has to do to maximize his value to make as much money as he can. If the Steelers want to replace him, they can. It is a business. Most of the comments are made by fans that has zero clue on what is going on.

  • DAWAARE

    i am surprised that steelers even offered such contract…

  • walter

    I was surprised too

  • Romel Roze

    Says who? That is just what he would have earned if he played the first two seasons. That is not guaranteed money.

    The Steelers normally do not do guaranteed dollars outside of a signing bonus. If they gave Bell a 10 million signing bonus and nothing else why would he sign that Contract?

    The Steelers would be essentially forcing him to sign the franchise tag.

    See Kirk Cousin of the Skins

  • Romel Roze

    Maybe that is the Steelers strategy….to force Bell to play on the franchise tag and have him be motivated to have a monster year. The worse that can happen for the Steelers is Bell destroys the league and he is tagged again for 14.5 mil per year. That is still cheaper than his 30 mil he would have earned in the first two years if he stayed healthy.

    For Bell it makes no sense to work for anything less than 12..1 in guaranteed money. For me the guaranteed money has to be much more than the franchise tender….that is just me because why would be my incentive to sigh the long term contract. They could cut me next year and I just got my 10 mil signing bonus instead of the 12 mil from the franchise tag.

  • aWaL

    What does being PC have to do with anything I said to you?

  • RickM

    Yes, something changed for sure from when he was drafted. And as you say the chance to spend his whole career with the team was right there. They offered more than most of us expected and it was nowhere near good enough it seems.

  • Steeler-Drew

    Agree. If I’m the Steelers negotiations for a future contract that would include more money are officially over. I believe the FO feels like they took a slap in the face when he turned down the offer. In their mind given his suspension and injury history they were willing to overpay as they did with AB. I really don’t believe Colbert’s and Tomlin’s comments are just rhetoric. They have been vocal and offering more of an opinion than they normally would given Bell turned downed a more than fair offer in their mind/opinion. My original stance was to franchise him again next year and be done with it. But if he is no show until the last week I don’t want him even franchised next year. A no show this coming week will be the nail in the coffin for me given there is absolutely no reason for him to not show other than greed and/or resentment on his side.

  • Ni mo

    They did all the O-linemen are making money look at offensive lines money

  • RickM

    I think he’ll show up next week because he knows it will be in his best interest to do so. If he doesn’t he’ll have no pre-season action whatsoever playing with the #1 unit. He’d be sucking wind in the 1st regular season game and his timing could easily be off. He would be a fool to wait any longer.

  • Steeler-Drew

    It makes the most sense for the reasons you pointed out but I certainly wouldn’t bet on it after the Steelers were willing to overpay IMO and it still wasn’t good enough. If he is a no show for this coming week I think it will be more about how unhappy he has was with the offer and how far apart they really were. It will also have a negative affect on any future negotiations if they even planned on having any at this point.

  • RickM

    I agree that he may stay out longer just to discourage a 2nd tag. And he would likely accomplish that. He seems oblivious to his absenteeism rate and the undeniable risk an injury-prone and twice-suspended player brings on a long-term contract, So he may also be oblivious to the fact that he has to get his timing down, to experience some limited contact, etc.

  • Work Toward

    The Steelers provided the offense with a quality offensive line and coach. The team brought in a veteran running back D’Angelo Williams. This processed nursed Bell into stardom even though his past suspensions and injuries occurred. Bell needs to stop listening to Bettis and Ike for advice. The steelers system made him. Now he wants his cake to eat it too… selfish a$$!

  • ThatGuy

    That I didn’t cover his past off field antics. Oh forgive me almighty Steelers fan!!!!! LOL

  • Steeler-Drew

    Yeah and he also may be oblivious to the fact that the new plays instilled in the offense may need to be practiced first to be successful. Some have used the word delusional regarding his self worth. I’m not sure they are far off with that word. I’m not a big fan of Bouchette by any means but he is said to be one of the Steeler insiders. So I’m leaning towards his agent came back with what he thought was a fair offer and one that Bell may accept and he rejected it. Like many, I’m at the end of my rope for him. If he is a no show this coming week I would rather see them pursue another Super Bowl without him next year. We both have seen them win one with less on offense. If he is not here they really need to do everything possible to make the defense as dominant as possible to make it happen.

  • Brenton deed

    If they win the SB and then Ben retires they should then trade Bell away or let him walk. Bell is not worth the same as a franchise QB.

  • J.

    I dont think a lot of people here realize just how important Bell is to this offense. Unlike others so willing to let him go I hope the Steelers find a way to keep him it would be a shame to watch him hoist a Lombardi with another team. Think it cant be done with him making big money? Look no further than one of teams with young good QBs that have not signed their fat contracts yet. The Colts and Texans will have a lot of cap room in 2018. Granted I do not know how much else they will need to sign but how much better would Andrew Luck be with a weapon like Bell? How about the Texans with a decent defense and Bell to help with a young Watson. The last thing we want to see is Bell in another uniform.

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    It should be about getting the most out of him when he does come.

  • MP

    Wonder if Bouchette will tell us where he got the info

  • copanut

    Of course they will franchise him again. Why would they not? They offered him $30 million guaranteed for the first two years of the contract. Compare that to the cost of two years of franchising: about $26 million. They get the same services from the same player for $4 million less, plus are not stuck with the back end of the contract should that player go sour. A high round RB is drafted next year and has a year to learn behind the best. Good plan.

    I would have preferred that he sign, but I’ll take two years of the best back in the NFL and then wish him well as he moves on with his life’s work.

  • Hec

    $15 mils for a player that breaks down in the first couple of plays in the AFC Championship! Where’s the value in that? He is only a regular season great player, but when it counts where he at? I rather have a durable RB than a high priced player that will be warming the bench when we need him the most! You go ahead and fall in love with these prima donnas and they will break your heart every time. Let another team sign him. Let’s see what contending is going to give him that contract? Win a championship first then ask for what you’ve earned! If every player asked for what they felt they were truly worth teams wouldn’t be able to have enough players to build a championship caliber team. He is not going to win this standoff with the Pittsburgh Steelers, so bye Le’Veon Bell! Go get that $15 million somewhere else, and play for your individual accomplishments!

    They franchised him, and not one team was willing or ready to give the Steelers the picks or price that he feels he’s worth. I hope the Steelers tag him again next year so we could see which team in the NFL is going to step up and give the Steelers what they think he’s worth. If you believe or feel he is worth that much why no team will be willing to pay the price? Your answer is going to be “Because he will be worth less in free agency”! My point exact! He is not worth the price a team is willing to give because it will take away from the team as a whole. Steelers made him a better offer than he would have gotten in the market and still be able to play for a contending team but, that wasn’t enough for player who’s only interest to play for individual accolades! So, as a fan of my team I am 100% in support of their decision if they’re willing to part with him because for that amount of money they could fill other needs on the team.

  • Ichabod

    not only hasn’t finished a year, but has missed OVER 1/4 of the games his team has played

  • Ichabod

    I’ve said it before, if he signs the franchise, and he remains healthy and is not a total distraction, then franchise him again next year. Let him get his “super” contract after that. The team that signs him will regret it eventually.

  • Ichabod

    They don’t have the cap space

  • Ichabod

    and suspensions aside

  • jsteeler

    You may need to find something to do with your life. Volunteer or help someone in need. Why get emotional over something you can’t control. Did you know NFL Football on TV is labeled under entertainment. That’s it. Remarkable.

  • jsteeler

    Its not your team. If it was your team you would be making decisions that effect the bottom line. You are a fan. That’s it. Stay in your place. The NFL is a business. Bell and the Steelers are conducting business. This is not your business. Your business is to attend games, buy merchandise and cheer for the team. That’s it.

  • Rocksolid20

    He will look good in a Redskins uniform .

  • Ferd Matula

    I hope he gets his head tore off the first game, done for the year, better yet, done for good !!!

  • pittfan

    It’s being honored. Just not to Bells liking. There are 2 sides in every deal. A thing is truly worth what the buyer and seller agree to.

  • pittfan

    Under

  • Trueish90

    It was a exclusive franchise tag, no other team had a chance at Bell. Only the Steelers could negotiate with him. First time a RB has ever been exclusively tagged. Tells you a lot about his value.

  • Hec

    Other team can negotiate exclusive franchise tags, but they would have to give up at least two 1st round draft picks to get him. And, that is not the first time a runningback has been franchised.

  • Joseph Shaw

    I was surprised at the team’s offer–it was fair, generous, even.

  • RickM

    Good catch. Rice and Forte in 2012. Not sure how many before that as the tag goes all the way back to 93.

  • Hec

    Is not that we don’t realize how well Bell complements the offense, because our offense move fluidly with him playing. But, he is not even in camp to show his commitment to the team as a whole, its goals to win another Superbowl. They also offered him an above average marketable contract to be the highest paid RB and he turned it down. Lastly, he can be replaced. It’s not like he is the last runningback in the world.

  • J.

    A) SO what he isnt in camp do you realy think thats going to hurt his or the teams performance? He is not the first player to skip camp nor evenm the first Steeler to miss camp

    B) No disputing that he was offered above market but if he thinks he can get more shoulndt he try to get it? I know as Steelers fans we all think they should just play for whatever the Steelers offer them but that isnt how it works. If he thinks a team will pay him $15 (and one of them will) then he is going to reject any offer below it.

    C) Yes and no sure you can plug another running back into the offense but outside of maybe David Johnson your not going to get the same impact on the offense that Bell has.

  • LabRat0116

    Nothing good ever came from GREEEEED. How much money does one person really NEED anyways ?

  • Hec

    He not being in camp is big for team that is ready to contender for a championship, but we all know why he ain’t there! It has nothing to do with where the team want to go, and all to do with what he didn’t get. Ask Plaxico Burress how that stance ended for him?

    If he wants more than what’s he gonna get from Steelers organization, great for him! If you knew your team well, you’ll know they don’t negotiate with ANY player trying to hold the team hostage.

    Bell’s impact on our team is great when he wants to display it. I enjoy it just as much you, or any other Steelers’ fan. But, I don’t fall in love with the players on my team because regardless of how great they may be, they don’t play forever. I love the team because they continue to play on, no matter what. And, regardless of how arrogant they may seem at times they still thrive in an era where football talent is scarce.

    It’s Le’Veon Bell who’s got to get with the Steelers’ program not the other way around! No player is bigger than the team or the game of football.

    We’ll be alright without him!

  • J.

    Didn’t Hines Ward hold out for 15 days the year the Steelers won the Super Bowl? I dont get why so many Steelers fans are taking this personal that Bell is not in camp. Bell will be with the Steelers when it matters most and he is about to have a season for the ages because he wants to prove he is worth a bigger contract. I have asaid it before and I will say it again Bell not being in camp is not a big deal he will be ready to roll at the start of the season.

  • Hec

    Hines was a proven Champion, an 8 year vet at that point. He wasn’t looking to break the bank by holding out or to set the market for wide receivers. He only wanted a final long term deal to finish his career as a Pittsburgh Steeler. It’s not the same situation.

  • James Bradley

    Im sure you said the same thing about Hines Ward & Joey Porter right ? And Im sure you slammed & repudiated The Steelers for their pay cut or get cut altimatum to Bettis before they won SB 40.

  • aWaL

    Fans are fanatics hence the term
    U might be one. I jus enjoy games
    Can we jus agree Bell is great?
    Keith Butler will do better. and
    U can’t deny our chances with BB

  • Trueish90

    An “exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player’s position as of a date in April of the current year in which the tag will apply, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. Exclusive franchise players cannot negotiate with other teams. The player’s team has all the negotiating rights to the exclusive player.
    A “non-exclusive” franchise player must be offered a one-year contract for an amount no less than the average of the top five cap hits at the player’s position for the previous five years applied to the current salary cap, or 120 percent of the player’s previous year’s salary, whichever is greater. A non-exclusive franchise player may negotiate with other NFL teams, but if the player signs an offer sheet from another team, the original team has a right to match the terms of that offer, or if it does not match the offer and thus loses the player, is entitled to receive two first-round draft picks as compensation.

    I couldn’t find any other RB that had been tagged Exclusively, who was it?

  • J.

    Correct because Ward was not even close to being the best player at his position hands down. Bell is so why should he not look to set the market. Point being Ward held out and nothing negative came out of it for the Steelers same will be true with Bell.