Potential free agent running back Le’Veon Bell recently said he wouldn’t sign with the New York Jets unless it’s for a $100 million contract. He’s not worth investing that much in by Gang Green.
It’s one thing to know your self-worth and something else to live in a world of fantasy. Such is the case with running back Le’Veon Bell and the possibility of his price tag if he becomes a potential free agent this offseason.
In an article written by Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report, he confirmed some rather interesting comments made by Bell. In an exclusive video, Bell said it would take $100 million for him to sign with the Jets. In the grand scheme of things, Bell most likely won’t get such a contract in free agency by the Jets since it’s way too much money to spend on one position.
Another big reason is recent comments Bell made in the past that he refuses to get franchise tagged again by the Pittsburgh Steelers. It’s to the point that he said he would sit out or retire next season if he’s tagged for the second straight year by his current team.
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Comments like that paint a picture of Bell that while it’s true he’s an exceptional running back, money isn’t everything. Yes, he consistently puts up big numbers and is entering some of the prime years of his career but the Jets are a team rebuilding for a brighter future.
Bell wants quarterback money but fails to realize that the running back position, while important on offense, isn’t worth investing so much money in by the Jets. They have so many other areas of need, it would be silly to make such a blockbuster deal since it would undoubtedly limit what else they can address on a team that still needs a lot more talent to contend.
With pressing needs at quarterback, offensive line, and their defensive line, breaking the bank for Bell wouldn’t make any sense. The 2018 NFL Draft can only address so much and with the $72 million, possibly even above $100 million to spend this offseason, it’s best they sign free agents at various positions of need, instead of using so much of their resources on just one player.
Overall, it’s best the Jets stay away from Bell and his ridiculously high price tag. It’s doubtful the Steelers would let him test free agency and will most likely franchise tag him again which will once again create quite the controversy in the Steel City.