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 Post subject: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Bell will be tagged tomorrow. He and the Steelers are no where near a long term deal. He wants too high a salary and way too much guaranteed. Steelers get one more year and then goodby and a decent pick.


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100%

He's so selfish I can't fucking take it anymore.

Wish they could trade his ass so I don't have to listen to how he's 6 million more per year than any fucking back in the league.

Get rid of this trash already.


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call his bluff and tag him, but whatver they do, do not trade him unless its for full value, and do not give in to his ludicrous demands. And if he really wants to retire, see ya, happy retirement #26.


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He's so selfish I can't fucking take it anymore.



If he holds out again and takes 3-4 games to get up to speed, then I'll revise my opinion.

However he's doing exactly what I think every player in his situation should. He's staring at $26.5M for 2 years when top RB's were getting $8M per year.

Sure, I'd respect him a lot more if he just said he's taking the tag because it's just too much money to turn down, and then see what FA holds. Don't care for all the posturing and ridiculous $15M a year to be paid like a RB and #2 receiver. No idea if he has a screw loose or just very calculating.

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He's not going to retire and walk away from 14.5 M big ones. He might sulk and bitch but if he doesn't play well his value plummets. Steelers have his nuts in a vice.


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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He's not going to retire and walk away from 14.5 M big ones. He might sulk and bitch but if he doesn't play well his value plummets. Steelers have his nuts in a vice.


Problem is if he holds out and starts slow for 3-4 games again.

If I can sign Carlos Hyde, then I rescind Bell's tag - we offered you a long-term deal, twice, and then the franchise tender which you delayed signing....so tough shit.

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God I hope we move on from him.

Sony Michel first round.

See ya LeVeon

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Bell on twitter said “have fun with James Connor as your starter”

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Bell on twitter said “have fun with James Connor as your starter”

What a dick!

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GreekSteel wrote:
call his bluff and tag him, but whatver they do, do not trade him unless its for full value, and do not give in to his ludicrous demands. And if he really wants to retire, see ya, happy retirement #26.


That's about where I am. No way does the knucklehead retire.

That said...I want LBell on my team!!


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Bell on twitter said “have fun with James Connor as your starter”

I hope Conner gets back says fuck you. Bell is a piece of shit teammate for saying that.

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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That's a fake account guys. Bell didn't tweet anything about Connor.

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That's a fake account guys. Bell didn't tweet anything about Connor.


Are you sure?

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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Here's the real Bell account that is verified and has over a million followers:

https://twitter.com/LeVeonBell

This is the fake account with the Connor tweet:

https://twitter.com/L_bell26

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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Google Le’Veon Bell and see what you get. The twitter quote appears immediately. I don’t know a real one from a fake one.

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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TB wrote:
Here's the real Bell account that is verified and has over a million followers:

https://twitter.com/LeVeonBell

This is the fake account with the Connor tweet:

https://twitter.com/L_bell26


Ok, thanks for clarifying. Sorry for spreading incorrect info.

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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No worries, we've all been had with Twitter at some point.

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TB wrote:
No worries, we've all been had with Twitter at some point.


I’m 53, I don’t tweet and don’t understand why people create fake accounts. What’s next, people using aliases here?

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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BarryFoster wrote:
TB wrote:
No worries, we've all been had with Twitter at some point.


I’m 53, I don’t tweet and don’t understand why people create fake accounts. What’s next, people using aliases here?


:lol: 8-)

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 9:39 pm 
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i have to believe that RB is moving up the steelers draft board.


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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Maybe its me, but I have followed football for a long, long time and this is one area I have no fucking clue what the Steeler's options are with Leveon going forward. Maybe because most Steeler players will at least work with the team and negotiate. Is there a site or anything that lists the Steelers options in this situation. If I was them, I would say enough is enough and work any options and/or Patriots type bending of the rules I could and get rid of him. Its time to give in to the fact, Bell is hurting the team and is GONE. I don't want them paying him 14.5 million this year either. 12.5 last year and 14.5 this year would already "bend the Steelers over".........Find a way to dump him for picks or better yet, find a way to trade him and Martavous to Miami for Landry.

With AB and Jarvis Landry lined up next to Ben we don't need Bell's 4 YPC anyway.

If there are NO loopholes to dump him for picks or a way to trade him. Dump his ass on the 14th and offer Miami Martavous, DHB, MItchell & Marcus Gilbert for Landry & a draft pick. With the TONS of cap space they would open up, Sign Landry, Hubbard & the best FA Safety to hit FA. Draft a RB and lets go get #7 with out his dumbass. Don't know about yinz, but I'm done with him.

Kudos for the Steelers for not giving in. Time to play hardball. Move on!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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The non-exclusive franchise tag. Bell is free to negotiate with other teams and can even sign with them if they’re willing to give up two 1st round picks. That, to me, is the right option at this point.

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2018 10:18 pm 
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The non-exclusive franchise tag. Bell is free to negotiate with other teams and can even sign with them if they’re willing to give up two 1st round picks. That, to me, is the right option at this point.

This^ Been saying it for some time. Was told they couldn't tag him in reverse. If they can do that? Do It!


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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The franchise tag (not the non-exclusive) is right up there with how the founding fathers designed the checks and balance system to work with our democracy.

It is actually a pretty ingenious contractual clause when you think about it. It was design to help small market teams keep players all the while balancing the needs of the player getting paid on a league wide scale. It takes the crappy free agent elements in baseball and crushes them. Baseball is too many clicks towards extreme capitalism and the NFL is just the right amount of clicks towards socialism and wealth redistribution.

So Bell was mostly over the barrel last season with his gamble to play one year on the tag. Now the Steelers are mostly over the barrel to tag Bell this season and into 2019.

If they tag Bell this year that means he is most likely gone next year and we will get nothing in return. There is no way we pay Bell franchise QB money in 2019, which is what happens. Bell will hold all the cards next year and will be a true unrestricted free agent and will get to see the “quan”. The Steelers will be working feverishly to sign him or trade him as soon as they put the tag on him this year. When they put the tag on him it will be like trying to sell your house at the end of 2006 going into 2007 the Great Recession year in Detroit Michigan. I think B2B nailed it with the non-exclusive.


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Sweet little baby Jesus in the tuxedo tshirt please let someone give us two 1st for leveon.
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No worries, we've all been had with Twitter at some point.


...only if we look.


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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Bell and his agent are under some extreme pressure. They are gambling with a 2 and a 3 in Texas Hold Em, and everyone can see their 2 & 3.

I just don’t see how a RB in the NFL gambles that he won’t get injured. They are not playing the odds and the payoff is not that much greater. 3 years at 15 versus 3 years at 13 or 14 million is not that big of difference compared to what he can lose with one tear of a ligament.

He an his agent are essentially playing Russian Roulette for no good reason.

I predict they will sign a long term deal before it is all said and done, or Bell and his agent are insane.


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BarryFoster wrote:
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That's a fake account guys. Bell didn't tweet anything about Connor.


Are you sure?




yes. Bell did not tweet that.


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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The Steelers really screwed themselves last season by NOT placing the Non-Exclusive Franchise Tag on Bell.

That would have given Bell the ability to go out and shop his services, and he would have found no other teams willing to give him twice the market value that he thinks he deserves. The highest paid RBs are making $8 Million and he thinks he deserves $15-17 million.

It doesn't matter whether or not Bell has the Exclusive or Non-Exclusive tag, the simple fact that he waited so long to sign his tender means the Steelers could not trade him last year even if they wanted to. You can only work out a trade if that player has signed his tender. Bell and his agent don't want the Steelers to have any sort of say so in terms of where he is going, so that is why just like last year, they will wait until the last possible minute to sign that franchise tender.

Also, there are no fast and hard rules when it comes to trading a franchised player. The KC Chiefs had Jared Allen and they franchised him. He signed his tender and then KC was able to trade him to Minnesota for a 1st round pick and two 3rd round picks and they swapped 6th rounders. It isn't necessarily two first round picks, it really can be what the two teams involved decide it to be.

New England had Matt Cassel and placed the franchise tag on him, he signed it days later. Belichick was able to trade him to KC for a 2nd rounder (34th pick overall), and he threw in Mike Vrabel and a bag of chips. Again, doesn't have to be two first round picks, it can be whatever the teams decide it to be.

But this just points out how stupid Bell is, he really is doing everything possible to spite himself. If he really wants to be paid, then he would sign his tender immediately and let the Steelers find out if there are any teams that would be willing to trade. The Steelers don't necessarily need to get two first rounders, hell, I would trade him for a 2nd and 4th and be thankful to get out from under that $14.5 million which could be used for free agents.

When you look at Bell from this perspective he really is behaving like a douche. He is playing games like Cousins has these past couple years. I really think he believes that he can just keep getting franchise tag after franchise tag after franchise tag.

I don't think he is worth it obviously, and quite frankly I see him slowing down, becoming less effective. It take more and more touches for him to produce. The splash plays, the explosive plays are disappearing. He also is becoming more careless with the football, fumbling more.

My solution is to draft a RB high, first or second round and watch how fast Bell signs his franchise tender. Of course then I would just let him languish on the bench, I would have him be the backup RB to the rookie and maybe I would let Bell return kicks. Karma is a bitch. Bell would just be an insurance policy in case my 1st round rookie RB gets injured. Then after the season is over you let Bell walk and hopefully get a 3rd round comp pick for him in 2020. :twisted:

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Good thinking Scunge except you don't pay a guy 15m to sit on the bench. Run his wheels off then goodby.


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Well, I sort of typed that facetiously, I wouldn't really do that, or would I? :lol:

One thing is for certain, as much as I would love to trade Bell to the Raiders, nothing is going to happen if he does not sign the franchise tender pretty early, like in the first week.

You look at Miami with Jarvis Landry. They placed the franchise tag on him, he says he will sign it this week, maybe he already has and a trade will happen. And it probably won't be for two first round picks either. There will be some haggling, some negotiations and it might not even involve a first round pick, might end up being a 2nd rounder. Nothing is written in stone, fans read things like two first rounders and think oh we would never get that for Bell. But you look at Matt Cassel being dealt for only a 2nd rounder, anything is possible.

With Bell though, it is impossible until he signs the tender. Last season he waited until September 1st and he will probably do the same thing this year. It makes no sense. Sign the damn tender and who knows at the start of free agency in March maybe teams will make a play for you. One thing is for certain if you sign your tender in September again, right before the season starts, it will not happen. Teams have already set their rosters, spent their money, etc.

Again, just really stupid thinking by Bell and his agent.

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I love Bell but he's a freakin' knucklehead.


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And everyone here refers to Ben as the drama queen. At 5 years in the league he's already beat the odds. IMHO, a RB doesn't deserve $15+Mil per. I understand why he wants the big money. Still wouldn't pay him twice the highest paid RB in the league. The Steelers don't have any leverage in this scenario. Bell has it all.

He had 4 games of more than 100 Yd's rushing and 1 game with more than 100 Yd's receiving last year. He has off the field history with suspensions. He's already had some major knee injuries to boot. There's production there for sure but $15+Mil per production? Not in my humble opinion. http://www.steelers.com/team/roster/Le' ... eb4fa35b8b


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Don’t conflate trading with the non-exclusive tag. If they NE tag Bell and he gets another offer, and the Steelers let him go, that is when we get the two first rounders. A trade is a trade.

From the WAPO:

— An exclusive franchise tag means a team will pay that player no less than the average of the top five salaries at the player's position, or 120 percent of the player's previous salary, whichever is greater. The player is not allowed to negotiate with other teams.

— A nonexclusive franchise tag involves the same salary offer as an exclusive franchise tag, only the player can negotiate with other teams. The player's current team can match any offer sheet. If the old team declines to match the offer, it gets two first-round picks from the other team as compensation. This is the more commonly used franchise tag.

— By applying the transition tag, a team offers the player a salary that is the average of the top 10 salaries at his position. That player can negotiate with other teams. The player's original team has the right of first refusal to match any offer given to a transition-tagged player by another team. If the original team decides to retain the player, it must agree to the contract terms offered by the other team. If the original team decides not to match the offer and the player leaves, it receives nothing in compensation. A team can use the transition tag only if it hasn't used the franchise tag in a given offseason.

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Maybe they should use the Transition Tag and then just match the offer he gets from another team or not. Then both sides are happy, and he gets paid market value.

The Non-Exclusive tag is expensive as hell for a team...2 first rounders.
The Exclusive tag is 14 million and change this year and then goes to top 5 salaries of the top paid position next year aka franchise QB.

It sounds like Transition tag is the way to go. The Steelers are already offering him a contract with terms other teams would offer. What is the worst that could happen? I guess you could Transition tag him next year and pay the $14 million this year too.


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Like Scunge said, Bell has to sign it in time for the potential trade to unfold. If Bell waits till the start of the new season like last year there will be very little wiggle room with other teams. Bell has all the leverage and he and his agent know this. Steelers are in a bad position.

When inquired about his criteria for assessing that worth, He explained:

Le'Veon Bell has outlined his criteria, regarding his contract demands:

+ He’s putting up more yards per game than any NFL player (his career average of 128.9 yards from scrimmage per game is the best since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger).

+ He plays every down and basically fills the role of three backs.

+ His presence keeps the defense off guard because he can line up anywhere on any play, “causing constant mismatches every single down,” he said.

+ He’s an elite pass-blocker and No. 2 receiver.

+ The Steelers are undefeated when he gets 25 or more carries.

+ His game will age well because he makes plays not solely off athleticism, but “with my mind.”


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He doesn’t have all the leverage. He played Russian Roulette last year and pulled the trigger and got lucky. He has no clue how many chambers are in the pistol and has no clue how many bullets are in the unknown number of chambers.

Steelers have leverage too.


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The thing about the 'undefeated when he gets more than 25 carries' is: it totally depends on when those 25 carries come. Todd Haley would just put it on a checklist, like, if you hand it to Bell the first 25 plays of the game, we'll win.

This offense was so, so much better when they utilized Bell in more favorable situations, rather than running the wheels off into stacks.

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He's so selfish I can't fucking take it anymore.



If he holds out again and takes 3-4 games to get up to speed, then I'll revise my opinion.

However he's doing exactly what I think every player in his situation should. He's staring at $26.5M for 2 years when top RB's were getting $8M per year.

Sure, I'd respect him a lot more if he just said he's taking the tag because it's just too much money to turn down, and then see what FA holds. Don't care for all the posturing and ridiculous $15M a year to be paid like a RB and #2 receiver. No idea if he has a screw loose or just very calculating.


I agree with what he's doing, I'd definitely do it too, I put MYSELF above my employer. On the other hand, if I'm the team, and he refuses to sign the tag, I FUCK HIM OVER call his bluff, make him retire hurt his career on purpose by forcing him to lose a year in his prime and not let him leave for another team. Like I would of fucked over Harrison and done something to not let him leave for the Patriots and deactivate him basically a fuck you to ruin the end of his career. Steelers are too nice.


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Seems to me bell is simply risking guaranteed new contract money against the much higher pay under a franchise tag. Like cousins - if he stays healthy - he makes much more money.
So he takes the tags, makes more, doesn’t sign and skips camp to maximize chances to stay healthy. And not signing limits what can happen - as he doesn’t want to be traded. He wants the tags

It’s a gamble of health/little money versus extra 10-20m over his career.

My issue with the tactic from Steelers view is he must be taking steps to avoid In season injuries which means lighter running, less prep and avoiding game time for any injury concern

Dude must be pretty confident he can avoid serious injury


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And again the best way to get leverage back for the Steelers is to draft a RB high, 1st or 2nd round in the 2018 draft.

See, I am not content to just keep the band together for just this year and win a Super Bowl for just this year. If Ben wants to play another 3 years or more, then wouldn't it be better to spend a high pick on a RB this year who will be with Ben for the next 3,4 years until Ben retires? Bell is only going to be here for this season in all likelihood. I want multiple chances at the Super Bowl, not just one shot.

If the Steelers draft a RB high, then the power shifts from Bell and is back with the Steelers plain and simple. At that point, Bell holding out makes no sense, he would sign his franchise tender in a hurry. Oh, he could try and hold out but that rookie RB is getting reps and getting more comfortable as training camp and as the preseason games roll on. And then Bell would have to fear that the Steelers might just rescind the franchise tag like Carolina did with Josh Norman. If that happened closer to the start of the season what teams are going to have the money to sign Bell to the contract that he is looking for?

And if they drafted a RB high in the draft and franchised Bell it isn't like they still can't swing a trade. I will gladly take draft picks for Bell in the 2019 draft, a year later, after all, the comp pick we might get for Bell would be in 2020 anyway.

Furthermore, if they drafted a RB high and kept Bell on the franchise tag, great. We have depth and a great 1-2 punch, not an issue at all but a great luxury that could pay dividends for a team looking to win a Super Bowl. Imagine having Bell and then having a faster RB with more long speed who can break a 50 yard TD run or catch, who can help as a kick returner. Then you also have a rookie RB with a year under his belt ready to be the full time starter for 2019 as Bell leaves via free agency. Not really seeing the downside to it, seems to be a win win proposition anyway you look at it.

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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@DeAngeloRB in 15G as a PIT starter:
293 att for 1230 yds 13TD 4.2 YPC
78 tgt 61 catches for 521 4TD
Steelers 11-4

LB career stats @15G rate:
297 att for 1292 8 TD 4.3 YPC
96 tgt 76 catches for 644 2TD
Steelers 10-5

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If I were the FO, I would ask Bell to come in and sit down for a talk. I would tell him frankly that he's fucking nut if he thinks the Steelers are going to pay him that kind of dough. Tell him to sign his tender and be traded to a team willing to pay that kind of money or take less and play for the Steelers. He keeps saying he wants to be a Steeler for life to put his statement to the test. I would offer him no more than 10 mill/year. that makes him the highest paid RB by 2 mill. If he doesn't want to do either of those options, slap a Transition tag on him (if they can), and tell him to find a team willing to pay his asking price, then the Steelers will decide his future with the team. Good luck and have a nice day! Then walk out of the room. Ball is solely in his court.


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And again the best way to get leverage back for the Steelers is to draft a RB high, 1st or 2nd round in the 2018 draft.

See, I am not content to just keep the band together for just this year and win a Super Bowl for just this year. If Ben wants to play another 3 years or more, then wouldn't it be better to spend a high pick on a RB this year who will be with Ben for the next 3,4 years until Ben retires? Bell is only going to be here for this season in all likelihood. I want multiple chances at the Super Bowl, not just one shot.

If the Steelers draft a RB high, then the power shifts from Bell and is back with the Steelers plain and simple. At that point, Bell holding out makes no sense, he would sign his franchise tender in a hurry. Oh, he could try and hold out but that rookie RB is getting reps and getting more comfortable as training camp and as the preseason games roll on. And then Bell would have to fear that the Steelers might just rescind the franchise tag like Carolina did with Josh Norman. If that happened closer to the start of the season what teams are going to have the money to sign Bell to the contract that he is looking for?

And if they drafted a RB high in the draft and franchised Bell it isn't like they still can't swing a trade. I will gladly take draft picks for Bell in the 2019 draft, a year later, after all, the comp pick we might get for Bell would be in 2020 anyway.

Furthermore, if they drafted a RB high and kept Bell on the franchise tag, great. We have depth and a great 1-2 punch, not an issue at all but a great luxury that could pay dividends for a team looking to win a Super Bowl. Imagine having Bell and then having a faster RB with more long speed who can break a 50 yard TD run or catch, who can help as a kick returner. Then you also have a rookie RB with a year under his belt ready to be the full time starter for 2019 as Bell leaves via free agency. Not really seeing the downside to it, seems to be a win win proposition anyway you look at it.


I think the way they are looking at this is that after restructures, they can still afford Bell at the tag rate and still go out and sign the players they want to sign. They don't particularly like the backs that will be available to them this year as players better than Bell in 2018.

I think a back gets drafted, but not in the first. Sony Michel is the only one I can see offering a similar skillset, and he wont be battle tested in cold weather, NFL blitz pickup, and ball security. One more year of Bell then figure it out in the draft next year when the only other player they will need to replace is Bryant and mayyybe Dupree. Easy enough to manage assuming no major injuries this year. The team is set up for the very run you are speaking of!

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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Kudos B2B for posting that.

I had made a similar breakdown a couple years ago showing that a 33-34 year old Deangelo Williams was pretty damn productive in this offense. I think at the time I had even discovered that the offense was averaging more points per game with Williams starting over Bell at that time.

I see a lot of young DeAngelo Williams types available in this draft, it is ludicrous to think that we should pay Bell $14.5 million.

Of the 3 big names on offense, Ben, Brown and Bell which is the most expendable and easily replaced?

It isn't even close, it is Bell. For all the talk of how transcendent Bell is as a player, this once in a generation player, he is the most easily replaced. I watched Williams, a 33-34 year old Williams, put up not just good numbers but great production when he was filling in for Bell.

If we lost Ben, we are toast, if we lost Brown we are toast, not going to be able to easily replace what they do in this offense. Not as easy to draft a rookie and insert them into the starting lineup. But a rookie RB is different. Running Back is one of the most easiest positions for a rookie to come in and play well, to come in and rush for 1,000 yards.

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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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The tag is on and the drama is heating up.


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 Post subject: Re: Bell to be tagged tomorrow
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He had 749 touches in college. 1626 touches so far in his career in the NFL. Add another 400 for the upcoming season (presumably) and he's had 2,775 touches between college and the NFL. I could be wrong, but that seems like a lot of mileage for a RB who's had two fairly severe leg injuries.

The Steelers might be better served just letting him play out the franchise tag and finding his replacement next year. He's going to be going into his Age 27 season after this year and that's typically when RBs start to decline. It would be a pretty big risk to pay him top dollar with a lot of guaranteed money.

Him and his agent will look pretty dumb if the Free Agency market next year deems he's not even worth what the Steelers initially offered. His sense of self-worth is a bit unrealistic, but I think he'll find that out when he's open for bidding.

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Seems to me bell is simply risking guaranteed new contract money against the much higher pay under a franchise tag.

Dude must be pretty confident he can avoid serious injury


Most guys avoid serious injury, and most SHOULD go the route Bell is going. Take out some insurance, and make several million more playing under the tag.

Bell's situation is a little unique, because if he blows out another knee or runs for less than 4.0 YPC this year then he should have taken the 5/$60M he was offered last year. That is the crazy part - offered 50% more per year than the next highest paid RB, and he turned it down only guaranteed to get an extra $2.5M over the 2 years. Maybe he thinks he'll get tagged a 3rd time, but there's no way.

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Like I said before, so long as Bell hasn't signed his tender, I'm making a run at Hyde. PIT has been MORE than fair. Screw him.

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Why did we pick James Conner in the 3rd? Can someone remind me?


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