Is Le'Veon Bell worth franchise money? | The Tylt
Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to come to a long-term agreement, resulting in Bell being slapped with the franchise tag. The running back from Michigan State feels he deserves more money because of his stellar production over the past few seasons. However, he has had off-the-field trouble in the past, and running backs aren’t as valuable as they used to be. What do you think?
Is Le'Veon Bell worth franchise money?
Running back values have been declining, but one person who is worth the price tag is Le'Veon Bell. The former Michigan State running back has gained nearly 4,800 total yards in the last three seasons, despite missing 13 games due to suspension or injury—second among active running backs.
His versatility catching the ball from the backfield or lined up as a wideout as made him an essential piece in the Pittsburgh Steelers' offensive attack, and he should be paid like it.
As much as running backs want to deny it, the NFL is a passing league.
Teams just don't need an every down back anymore, and their value has declined accordingly. As good as Le'Veon Bell is, he should not be paid the same as Antonio Brown or Ben Roethlisberger because he simply is not as important as those two players. Bell has also been suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He may say he's over it, but there's no guarantee he won't mess up again.
Le'Veon Bell needs to come down to Earth with his demands.