Le'Veon Bell: 'Worth more' than what Steelers offered

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By simply saying he'd make $30 million in the first two years, the Steelers adroitly glossed over the key question of whether Bell would make $12.1 million this year, $26.62 million, or something in between that. Our value isn't where it needs to be.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Steelers made an offer that would have paid Bell more than $12 million annually. "I'm not in a rush to sign for something I'm not valued at, if I feel I'm worth more than what they are offering me".

If no deal is reached, the Steelers will have the option to use the franchise tag on Bell again in 2018. "We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season".




Does Bettis think Bell has worked that out of his system, paving the way to a long-term deal? He rushed for 1,268 yards (4.9-yard average) and seven touchdowns in 12 games, and caught 75 passes for another 616 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season, becoming the first player in National Football League history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game. Well, Bell will have pocketed just shy of $27 million come the end of the 2018 season and he and his agent will dare the Steelers to place a third consecutive tag on him, which will be the equivalent to the quarterback franchise tag amount. The Steelers locker room named Bell their 2016 MVP. Knee injuries kept him out of the playoffs after the 2014 regular season and sidelined for 10 total games in 2015, including two playoff games. Bell did it in 47 games. He could continue to erase any off-field concerns the Steelers might still have over the next year by waiting. Absent an extension, they receive a one-year, fully guaranteed contract that has to meet certain criteria related to the pay of top players at their position in the league. Bell doesn't want to play anywhere besides Pittsburgh.

"I think he has", Bettis said. Today was a big eye-opener. Outside of another suspension or a very serious injury, he was more than likely going to see that money.

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