Le’Veon Bell has proved that he is one of the best running backs, if not the best, in all of football. He knows that he is a superstar in the NFL, and he wants to be paid like one.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Le’Veon Bell were unable to reach an agreement on a contract extension ahead of the 4 PM franchise tag deadline. The Steelers reportedly offered Bell a monstrous five-year, $70 million deal, but that amount just wasn’t close enough to Le’Veon’s desired 17 million dollars a year.

This wasn’t the news that Steelers fans were hoping for. Bell has expressed his interest in staying with the organization, but it appears as though the relationship between the team and their star halfback has been strained.

“His intention was to retire as a Steeler,” said Adisa Bakari. “But now that there’s no deal, the practical reality is, this now likely will be Le’Veon’s last season as a Steeler. … It became clear the Steelers wanted to pay the position, not the player.”

As a result, Bell’s plan is to once again skip Pittsburgh’s training camp and continue to prepare for the first game of the NFL season. In the meantime, Bell took to Twitter to address his fans regarding his contract situation, stating that both parties tried to iron out a deal, but to no avail. He also assured his following to expect big things next season, despite the media circus that surrounds him.

He wrote:

“To all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler…both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times…to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let you down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date…”

Bell is a once in a generation running back, and the Steelers are fools for not giving him what he wants. It’s only a matter of time until another team offers him more and he continues his legendary career elsewhere.


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