Three months after undergoing groin surgery, no one expects to see Le’Veon Bell on the field ducking and dodging linebackers when the Steelers begin their three-day mini-camp Tuesday on the South Side.
Unlike OTAs, which Bell Cheap Jerseys skipped, mini-camp is mandatory. Tuesday should provide the clearest indication to date where contact negotiations with Bell stand and where they could be headed.
What did we learn during the final week of OTAs? Times Steelers Writer Chris Bradford explains.
In March, the Steelers placed their exclusive franchise tag on Bell, meaning that he’ll earn $12.2 million for the 2017 season. It also means that Bell can only play for the Steelers. That’s if he plays.
There’s a chance that Bell, who has yet to sign his tag, could be a holdout. But, other than an April Fool’s Day tweet, there has been no indication of that yet.
Certainly, Bell Cheap nfl Jerseys hasn’t declared any altruistic ultimatums like Von Miller, who last summer vowed to never play under the tag. “It’s a league-wide problem that I feel like I’m in a situation to help out with,” the Denver Broncos linebacker said July 12. Two days later, Miller received a six-year, $114.5-million extension from Denver.
Most likely, Bell’s contention with the Steelers isn’t about the dollar amount. Even if he gets a new contract, it’s unlikely that Bell will exceed the $12 million-plus he’ll receive next season. Bell is perhaps the best player at his position, but with Adrian Peterson’s contract off the books, NFL running backs just aren’t going to get $14 million anymore.
For Bell, this comes down to financial security.
The Steelers Customized Jerseys have already doled out a big money extension for Antonio Brown and still have to work out deals with Alejandro Villaneuva and Stephon Tuitt. However, there are obvious risks for the Steelers in giving a long-term deal to Bell in particular.
Each of the Steelers’ past three season-ending losses have ended with Bell unable to finish due to injury (knee in 2014, knee in ‘15 and groin in ’16) . Also, Bell has missed the start of each of the past two seasons while serving drug-related suspensions.
Art Rooney II and GM Denver Broncos Jerseys Kevin Colbert have stated that they would like to sign a contract extension with Bell that will keep him in a Pittsburgh uniform throughout his career. They will have until July 15 to do so.
The best guess is that deal will get done, but much like Denver and Miller, it will be done at the last possible moment.
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