By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to an ESPN report, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell turned down a huge contract extension from the team. He played last season on a franchise tag.
Bell has refused to sign a franchise tag with the Steelers once again. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler suggests that Bell turned down a multiple-year deal that would have paid him $13.3 million per season.
Fowler also said that Bell would have received more than $43 million in the first three-years if the extension of he would have re-signed with the Black and Yellow. It would have been the largest contract ever given to a running back in NFL history.
Now, Bell’s status is in jeopardy. He has no long-term deal — and may be forced to accept another one-year, franchise deal from the Steelers.
While Bell wants to be the highest-paid running back in the league, he has been hampered with injuries and suspensions. He’s 26-years-old — and most running backs in NFL history has a short self life, as they start to decline once they reach their age 30th season.
Bell is comparing himself to Antonio Brown and Ben Roethlisberger in recent years. However, Roethlisberger is the franchise quarterback and Brown is the star receiver.
Roethlisberger got paid the big bucks after he guided the Steelers to the Super Bowl. After multiple seasons with great numbers, Brown got paid.
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