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Some are calling Le'Veon Bell a genius.

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55 minutes ago, MDC said:

Bell just got $35m guaranteed from the Jets vs the $14m base salary the Steelers would have paid lass season and the $10m guaranteed they offered him in a new contract. Looks like he’s up around $10m in guaranteed money for taking a yearlong vacation and avoiding the risk of wearing himself down without a long term deal.

Seems like Bell won here and Pittsburgh lost, bigly.

He forsook the $14m salary from last year, that money is gone, he will never see it.

Would he have still received the #35m deal, likely yes, maybe even more - assuming no injuries.

So net-net he gave up earning of $14m to avoid losing access to the eventual $35m

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3 minutes ago, Ray Lewis's Limo Driver said:

He forsook the $14m salary from last year, that money is gone, he will never see it.

Would he have still received the #35m deal, likely yes, maybe even more - assuming no injuries.

So net-net he gave up earning of $14m to avoid losing access to the eventual $35m

The risk of injury is what players really hate about the franchise tag. If Bell plays last year and tears an ACL or whatever he gets nothing. Can’t blame him for not wanting to absorb another 400+ touches on a 1-year contract. 

Between Bell and Brown the Steelers really did a number on their offense the past two seasons.

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12 minutes ago, MDC said:

The risk of injury is what players really hate about the franchise tag. If Bell plays last year and tears an ACL or whatever he gets nothing. Can’t blame him for not wanting to absorb another 400+ touches on a 1-year contract. 

Between Bell and Brown the Steelers really did a number on their offense the past two seasons.

My point is simply this, he gave up $14m worth of life earnings to avoid risk, that is money he will never see or have.

He still accessed the money he was likely going to eventually have access too, and perhaps may have even gotten less than had he played.

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3 minutes ago, Ray Lewis's Limo Driver said:

My point is simply this, he gave up $14m worth of life earnings to avoid risk, that is money he will never see or have.

He still accessed the money he was likely going to eventually have access too, and perhaps may have even gotten less than had he played.

It's weird that you have to explain it.

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8 minutes ago, Ray Lewis's Limo Driver said:

My point is simply this, he gave up $14m worth of life earnings to avoid risk, that is money he will never see or have.

He still accessed the money he was likely going to eventually have access too, and perhaps may have even gotten less than had he played.

Given the way the Steelers were running him into the ground without a long term deal I can’t blame him for forgoing a year of salary for a significantly bigger payout and security, especially at the RB position.

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Just now, MDC said:

Given the way the Steelers were running him into the ground without a long term deal I can’t blame him for forgoing a year of salary for a significantly bigger payout and security, especially at the RB position.

This.  It isn't like he didn't try to work with the Steelers.  He played on the franchise tag the year before.  It was clear what the Steelers were doing.  They were going to run him in to the ground and then cut him.  He just realized what they were doing and said if you're going to do that you have to give me a real contract.  The Steelers didn't do that and here we are.

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3 minutes ago, Strike said:

This.  It isn't like he didn't try to work with the Steelers.  He played on the franchise tag the year before.  It was clear what the Steelers were doing.  They were going to run him in to the ground and then cut him.  He just realized what they were doing and said if you're going to do that you have to give me a real contract.  The Steelers didn't do that and here we are.

I do not disagree.  Not sure if this qualifies him for "genius" status.  Perhaps a better assessment might be that he stood firm to pursue the best route available to him, and saw it through.

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Meh. I think we all understand the choice he had. Approximately speaking and for simplicity:

  • Option A (playing last year) = guaranteed $14m up to $49m
  • Option B (sit) = guaranteed $35m

Obviously everyone would love the $49m, but trying for it comes with a $35m risk. I like to gamble more than most, but I believe Option B to be a more financially sound decision. Others obviously disagree.

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9 minutes ago, Ray Lewis's Limo Driver said:

I do not disagree.  Not sure if this qualifies him for "genius" status.  Perhaps a better assessment might be that he stood firm to pursue the best route available to him, and saw it through.

No one on this board has called him a genius.  That's from an article linked from the first post. 

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11 minutes ago, Strike said:

No one on this board has called him a genius.  That's from an article linked from the first post. 

Agree. And it also seems as though we agree on the notion of the assertion as well.

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1 hour ago, Ray Lewis's Limo Driver said:

Not sure if this qualifies him for "genius" status. 

neither does your posting.

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