Here's What Steelers Offered Le'Veon Bell In Contract Talks

As today's deadline approaches, the Steelers' contract negotiations with Le'Veon Bell are down to the wire

As today's deadline approaches, the Steelers' contract negotiations with Le'Veon Bell are down to the wire

It wouldn't be ideal but Bell's best way to maximize his compensation might be playing under at least one franchise tag if the right deal doesn't materialize before the July 15 deadline for reaching multiyear contracts with franchise players.

In short, Bell and his agent are betting that almost $27 million is already in the bank even without a long-term deal and that amount is just a little more than $3 million shy of what the Steelers were willing to pay him over the course of the next two. 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.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le'Veon Bell failed to reach an agreement on a long-term contract, meaning Bell will play on a one-year tender this season.

Player's attitudes cost them more than they help them in this league. "What do you think?" And in Pittsburgh, there eventually comes a time where they move on from someone who isn't willing to compromise as much as they are. The Steelers locker room named Bell their 2016 MVP.

NFL Network ranked Bell the No. 9 overall player in its 2017 rankings, in part for his elite receiving ability with 227 career catches.

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Cilic has looked the more impressive and I feel he can gain some serious ground in the rallies if he attacks Querrey's backhand. In fact, it was Querrey who took command as Murray appeared underpowered and unable to move freely.

The problem is that Pittsburgh only has over $31 million in salary cap space next offseason, and names like Alejandro Villanueva, Stephon Tuitt, Ross Cockrell, Eli Rogers, and a ton of others to resign. Those three teams slapped the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson, Le'Veon Bell and Kirk Cousins respectively in the off-season.

"You can see from his (Bell's) comments that he is disappointed".

This is all hypothetical thinking, but a very realistic situation. Any substantial drop-off in production or missed games due to injury will undoubtedly hurt his future market value to some degree.

Even if everyone wants Bell in Pittsburgh until he retires, sometimes you need to make the smart business decision. Bell stayed away from offseason workouts while recovering from groin surgery. The average shelf life for a running back is the shortest in the National Football League and Bell is in his prime at 25, surely looking for security.