".. a star could sit out an entire season on the franchise tag for the first time since Sean Gilbert did it 21 years ago."
I draft L. Bell at overall 3 (Gurley, AB), when I *SERIOUSLY* considered going for Kamara or Barkley instead. (Discounted Hunt with a new QB!) First time in over 20 years a player held out for the entire season..
I am soooooooooooo glad that after a bad draft in 2017, I decided to do Fanduel for a defacto $-league in 2018. (I'm still in a smack-talk / for fun league - hence, L. Bell.)
EVERYTHING that I've read regarding what he did says it was the wrong decision. I think I read that THROUGH HIS CAREER, he only made ~ $16M. He could have DOUBLED his CAREER earnings by playing this year.
As I've shared with friends of mine over the years: I was in a horrendous work environment in February 2001, and resigned from a job, without one "in hand." Was unemployed for four months. I'll N-E-V-E-R do that again. I'll never get that time back / the missed or foregone wages. And my salary was (is) a FRACTION of what Bell voluntarily surrendered. For a historic organization / coach / HOF-caliber QB / only consensus pick All-Pro WR. It isn't like he played for CLE or BUF!!
I *WILL* laugh at his expense this off-season, whenever his contract figure is released.