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Bell’s goal backfired despite Jets deal

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Le’Veon Bell thought he was going to re-set the market for his services. Unfortunately, for him, his plan backfired. 

He received less than he was guaranteed to make last season in a one-year, $14.5 million franchise deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His stubbornness, he will never get that money back. 

Former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell stiff arms Jon Bostic against the Indianapolis Colts
Le’Veon Bell stiff arms Jon Bostic against the Indianapolis Colts (Getty Images)

So what if you didn’t want another franchise tag, you were making millions. Any normal human being, who is not a professional athlete, would take that money in a heart beat. 

Instead, Bell elected to sit out the entire season and not make a penny last season. There was some speculation a certain parts of last season that he could return and sign the franchise tag, but he thought it would be in his best interest to not sign that deal.

That led Bell to receive the deal that he did with the Jets. He received a four-year, $52.5 million deal in New York.

The talented running back can only reach $61 million with incentives. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he will only receive $35 million in guaranteed money.

A lot of owners reportedly, according to sources, did not like that Bell sat out last season. He basically overestimated the market for his services.

The 27-year-old Bell played five seasons for the Steelers, the last in 2017. He had a career-best 321 carries for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns.The 1,291 yards were the most since his 1,361 yardage season in 2014.

Bell also had 85 receptions for 655 yards and two touchdowns. 

In his career, Reynoldsburg, Ohio native has had 1,229 carries for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns in 62 starts. He also has 312 receptions for 2,660 yards and an additional seven touchdowns. 


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