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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:57 pm 
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I was one of the biggest Bell fans and defenders before the season, and in that early stretch while he was working himself back.

I saw flashes of power and explosiveness, but that was it. Nothing like prior seasons. His productivity was purely a function of how often he got the ball.....because his YPC rushing and receiving were pretty average.

While it's fun to entertain the idea of drafting Bell's replacement and spending that money on a stud defensive FA, the reality is elite guys rarely hit the market any more. Usually what you end-up with is a highly overpaid guy who's old team knew was already declining.

Add to that they won't be giving a huge contract to Shazier and it's a lead-pipe lock that Bell is tagged again. I would love to sign him for, say 4/$40M, but that would insult him. And he's made it clear he's not signing the deal he was offered last year. But if he's not better next year, not taking that deal might save the Steelers from themselves.

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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:00 pm 
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It is interesting, however, that since Bell made it clear he wants redonkulous money that PIT maybe decided "fine, run the wheels for 2 years and say sionara"......and now maybe Bell figured that out so he's bitching about 400 touches and getting tagged

This may not be the non-issue/slamdunk we're thinking. Bell could very well choose to sit out 6-8 games and still get a very nice check. And then we saw this year it could take him 3-4 weeks to work his way back to speed.

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 Post subject: Re: Latest Drama Angle - Bell @ next year
PostPosted: Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:09 pm 
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Kodiak wrote:
It is interesting, however, that since Bell made it clear he wants redonkulous money that PIT maybe decided "fine, run the wheels for 2 years and say sionara"......and now maybe Bell figured that out so he's bitching about 400 touches and getting tagged

This may not be the non-issue/slamdunk we're thinking. Bell could very well choose to sit out 6-8 games and still get a very nice check. And then we saw this year it could take him 3-4 weeks to work his way back to speed.




I agree with you in that respect, id tag him and run the wheels off for 1 more season, if he wants to sit out or retire, id call his bluff. Hell, maybe someone would want to sign and trade for him and get us another premium pick.


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