Le’Veon Bell does NOT want to be franchise tagged again. That much is clear. But on Thursday, the star running back would take it one step further. He’s prepared to sit out for an entire seasona��or even retirea��if it comes to that.
“I hope it doesn’t come to that, but I would definitely consider it.”
But he doesn’t stop there. In fact, for Bell, it’s not even about the money. It’s about being valued by his organization.
“Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them. I’m not going to settle for anything. I know what I do and what I bring to the table. I’m not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I’m not getting what I feel I’m valued at.”
But again, that’s not all. And again, money isn’t the most important aspect in all this.
“I don’t necessarily care about the money aspect of it. I just want to be valued where I’m at. If I am playing this game, I want to set standards for all the other running backs behind me, likeA�Todd GurleyA�andA�Ezekiel Elliott,A�Melvin Gordon, guys like that. I’m a guy they can kind of look at. I feel I can do that. I’m in a position where I can do that, and I’m going to do it.”
But what if Bell did sit out for the entire 2018 season?
His career would “probably be done.”
For a Steelers team preparing to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars this weekend, that’s a lot to digest. Moreover, this could end up being a major distraction down the stretch. But at the same time, there’s no denying Bell’s talent. And, it’sA�not difficult to see where the running back is coming from. After being franchise tagged ahead of the 2017, he doesn’t want that to be the case again.
And when Bell is on the field, it’s easy to see why. Over the course of his five-year career, he’s averaging 4.3 yards per carry. He leads the league in rushes this season (321). His 1,946 yards from scrimmage rank second in his career. Plus, he’s still just 25 years old. So pay the man, Pittsburgh.
Or be prepared to face the consequences.