"Lets Gooooo " Le 'Veon Bell wrote as he posted a drawing of himself in the New York Jets jersey on Instagram. The running back signed a four-year, $52.5 million contract, according to matching media reports. "Life is a gamble ," the 27-year-old wrote to it.

No other player is more true of this sentence than with him. With his strike last season at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Bell went virtually "All In ." Was that worth it or not?

A little hindsight: Bell was drafted in the second round by the Steelers in 2013 and emerged as one of the NFL's most effective and versatile running backs. In five seasons, he got to 5,336 rushing yards and 2,660 receiving yards.

When his rookie contract expired, which had earned him a relatively modest $3.9 million in four years, the contract disputes began. Twice in a row, the running back, who had hoped for a long-term mega contract, was held with the franchise tag – much to the player's displeasure.

In 2017, Bell contested the full preparation of the season but returned to the team before the start of the season, playing for $12.1 million. He would have cashed in $14.5 million in 2018. As I said: Would have. Because he spent the entire season on strike this time, he went blank.

Bell called for $17 million in Pittsburgh

It's not that the Pittsburgh Steelers didn't want to offer their top rusher Bell a long-term contract. After the 2016 season, he is said to have been offered a five-year, $60 million contract – too little for Bell.

Last year, he was offered $70 million for five years – again too little. Bell called for more, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport's staggering $17 million a year.

Even the New York Jets did not meet that salary wish. $13.25 million, Bell now cashes in on average per season. Had he accepted the contract offer with the Steelers last year, it would have been 14 million.

Back then, he could still have adorned himself as the NFL's highest-paid running back. Now Todd Gurley of the Los Angeles Rams ($14.375 million) is cashing in more.


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Developments in recent months have not played Bell into the cards. His surrogate James Conner has represented him so well that the question arose forcibly as to whether Bell is really as good as previously thought. The strike also found his character questionable.

The example of Gurley and his uncertain future due to a possibly serious knee injury (ran.de reported) was also a warning signal to all team owners not to invest too much money in a running back. All of which has rather driven Bell's market value down.

Proud guarantee for Bell

Also, that his contract reportedly includes a guarantee of $35 million makes him a maximum of a small winner. Among the running backs, only Gurley (45 million) has more money for sure, but even the Steelers offered him around $33 million in secure salary at the time-but that was still too little for Bell at the time.

Cheap Le'Veon Bell Jersey,Assuming Bell hasn't hurt the time off athletic, the money could be well spent from the New York Jets "point of view. To do that, you have to know: General manager Mike Maccagnans has been making a radical shake-up since the 2017 season.

In 2017, felt everything that had rank and name. In 2018, the quarterback of the future was selected in Sam Darnold. 2019 is now expected to be the year when a powerful team will be built around the young passing giver.

"We're definitely excited about the idea of putting strong players around Sam. That's going to be one of our focuses this offseason , "Maccagnan said at the NFL's Combine.

Bell to support Sam Darnold's development

Bell will be a key player. The three-time Pro Bowl player is expected to relieve young quarterback Darnold. The presence of a Bell alone could make play-action passes more effective for Darnold. In addition, Bell is a good innuenation station.

Other pieces of team have already been strengthened, the Offensive Line for example by Kelechi Osemele, the Passe-Receiver Unit by Jamison Crowder. Many more commitments are likely to follow. Money is plentiful.

Some of the Bell salary can be saved elsewhere. Experts expect the Jets to release their current running back Isaiah Crowell by Friday, as the latter would otherwise have guaranteed two of his $4 million salary for 2019. With an exemption, the Jets would save $3 million in cap space.

A year ago still being potted about the Jets

The mentality of Bell, however, still seems questionable. Is he really fully motivated to build something up with the Jets? Or does he just want to cash in thick in New York?

Here's a little anecdote: When a fan fun and offered to talk to him via Twitter a year ago to switch to the Jets for $60 million, Bell replied, according to ESPN: "That's not enough to go to the Jets. "

Now he's going there – for less money.