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LeVeon Bell the next great NFL wide receiver?

LeVeon Bell the next great NFL wide receiver?
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It seems like Bell saw the total value of the contract and didn’t really understand what that meant. But hey, if he wants to try and do what Jimmy Graham failed to do in back in 2014, he’s welcome to. Graham applied to be designated a wide receiver in order to get a better contract on the franchise tag.

Graham was denied so he had to work with the tight end tag. If Bell did that this season and got the franchise tag for a wide receiver he’d actually take a pay cut over what he’ll make as a running back.

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It’s important to clarify two points here. First,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/antonio-brown-jersey-cheap]Womens Antonio Brown Jersey[/url], it sounds like Bell has no plans to sit the entire season. That’s not to say he won’t hold out into the regular season but it sounds like Bell is willing to play on the tag if that’s his only option.

However, there’s something else we need to unpack here. Bell refers to the number he wants as “settling.” Let that sink in a minute. We don’t know the particulars of his contract demands but whatever it is, it’s too high for the Steelers but he considers it too low for him. Talk like that really makes it seem like these two sides will never get together on a contract.

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While this report remains unconfirmed by the Steelers at the time of writing, a post by the man concerned and a change to his social media profile suggests Rapoport could well be telling the truth this time.

With the news that the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning to release safety Mike Mitchell,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/le_veon-bell-jersey-cheap]Womens Le'Veon Bell Jersey[/url], attention turns to how the Steelers will replace him on the depth chart in 2018. The reality of this situation is that Mitchell was set to make more than $8 million this season and with the Le’Veon Bell contract cuts had to be made to accommodate.

Option one is to utilize players already on the roster. The Steelers currently have J.J. Wilcox and Robert Golden under contract. Both guys have starter experience and could be a stopgap for Pittsburgh. The Steelers traded for Wilcox during the last offseason with the expectation he’d be an impact player but that never materialized.

Golden is a high-energy player who brings a lot of effort but isn’t an elite athlete. If the defense is looking to get better, neither of these guys look to be an improvement.

Then there’s Cam Sutton. There’s been plenty of speculation about Sutton making a move to safety this season. While this would leave the cornerback depth chart a little short, Sutton’s athleticism and coverage skills would be welcome.

Then there’s free agency. The tradeoff here is that any player good enough to really make this defense better is going to eat up most of the cap that the Steelers saved by releasing Mitchell.

Finally, we have the draft. It seems like a foregone conclusion that losing Mitchell means one of the team’s first three picks will go toward a safety. This is a solid draft class for the position and how early they draft one will depend mainly on how much they think Wilcox and Golden can be. In other words, they should probably draft one early.

The good news is that Le'Veon Bell is not really planning to sit out the entire 2018 season if he does not sign a long-term deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The bad news is that he is prepared to skip the organized team activities, training camp, and the preseason if he plays under the franchise tag for the second consecutive year.

"I'm going to be in the facility Week 1. It's going to be a rerun of last year. I'm not going to (training) camp. I'm not doing nothing else extra, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "I want to win every game. I want to have the best statistical career that I possibly can, " Bell said, so I want to play in every game that I can possibly play, none of that," he added.

The Steelers will have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal with Bell, and the Pro Bowl running back seems confident they will eventually come to terms.

"It's not so much the money. I think that the problem is, it's more of me being valued as to where I feel like I produce," Bell noted.

Bell is scheduled to earn a guaranteed $14.54 million in 2018 if he plays under the franchise tender. He has previously said that he will not sign a long-term contract for less than $14.5 million annually.

Bell had a league-high 321 carries for 1,291 rushing yards to go with nine touchdowns in 15 games with the Steelers last season. He also caught 85 passes for 655 receiving yards and two scores.

He was named a first-team All-Pro for the second time in his career last year, and he was picked for his third Pro Bowl as well.

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"Honestly, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review's Joe Rutter. "I'm going to be in the facility Week 1. It's going to be a rerun of last year. I'm not going to (training) camp. I'm not doing nothing else extra,[url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/ben-roethlisberger-jersey-cheap]Authentic Ben Roethlisberger Jersey[/url], no," Bell said during a live chat, [url=http://www.steelerscheapauthenticstore.com/le_veon-bell-jersey-cheap]Authentic Le'Veon Bell Jersey[/url], I'm not going to sit out, none of that.

"I'm going to strictly go to what I have to go to. I want to win every game. I want to have the best statistical career that I possibly can, so I want to play in every game that I can possibly play."

The remarks come a day after Bell, suggested that he might sit out until Week 10, in an interview with Billboard.com, when he'd have to show up and sign his franchise tender to guarantee he could become a free agent next offseason. The running back expounded on that too.

 but I'm going to play this year,"Me saying I was going to sit out was more emotional at the time," he said. "When I was asked the question [during the Billboard.com interview], that's the way I felt at the time. I might come in Week 1. I might come in Week 4. I don't know what week I'm going to come in, though. I'm going to play. I just don't know when I'm going to play."

The good news is that the Steelers and Bell have made progress from last offseason.

"Earlier I said I felt we would get one done," Bell told on Monday. "In good spirit, and this year we are a lot closer than last year, I feel we can get something done. ...


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