Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell recently released a freestyle rap that indicated he'd be seeking as much as $17 million per season when he returned to the negotiating table next offseason. The reason why is clear-cut: his health.
"I didn't want to get hurt in camp", Bell said shortly after completing his first practice with his teammates since January. "I didn't want to jeopardize myself and get hurt in camp. I'm going to go out there and play on the one-year franchise that I've got".
On his contractual future: "I'm anxious about this year and trying to win a Super Bowl".
"I can do things that have never been done before", Bell said in July, shortly after his negotiations with the Pittsburgh Steelers stalled at the franchise tag deadline.
"I am happy to be here", said Bell.
-The Philadelphia Eagles shored up their offensive line as well, signing guard Chance Warmack to a one year contract extension that could be worth up to $5 million.
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"That is everybody's concern", said Bell. Instead, he made it clear there are no hard feelings between himself and the organization, and that the focus now is on winning games, not his contract.
Neither does Bell. While his protracted absence proved problematic - he drew the ire of some fans on social media during his time away - he also understands what's at stake.
"He's a businessman. I respect you've got to make decisions that are right for his family", Brown said.
Bell led the AFC in yards from scrimmage in 2016, posting 1,884 yards, including 1,268 on the ground in 12 games. Bell first rapped about wanting $15 million a year and then famously turned down a five-year offer worth around $60 million.
As for linebacker Steven Johnson, who was re-signed on Monday after being cut on Saturday, he is also reportedly dealing with a hamstring injury that he suffered during the team's second preseason game.