vonbearsalot wrote:It was a lie. The contract was structured in a way where it was functionally a year to year contract. No different than him playing on the franchise tag. The concern (and belief, and perhaps stated strategy) was that the Steelers would run him into the ground to win now and then bail when he broke down--as RBs tend to do.
Bell rejected an offer that gave the Steelers no reason to preserve him, especially considering they had a young RB behind him that they were bullish on. If he made it out of the season healthy, great. If he didn't, oh well. Move on.
Or worse, in the "what have you done for me lately league".
They draft his successor, he splits time, sees reduced production. Or an OLineman gets hurt, bad line for a season.
Then the Steelers say hay, your production is down, take a pay cut.
Bell says no. He gets cut. No sweat to Steelers, they only paid $10M instead of franchise tag $14M.
New team says hey, your production dropped off, we'll give you half of what you were making.
I don't blame Bell. He did what's best for him. He produced elite value and demanded to be paid as such.
I don't believe any offers posted on Twitter, those are leaked to make one side look better. Bell can't leak they were lower or other teams will know what his actual value is hurting his own negotiation.
Now that he's signed you might hear leaks of the real truth on how much of that $70M was performance bonuses.