The Pittsburgh Steelers have a tall task ahead of them in trying to come to terms on a new contract for running back Le’Veon Bell. While the two sides aren’t commenting regarding how close, or distant, they are in negotiations, a report from Steel City Insider’s Jim Wexell suggests the organization is confident a deal will get done.
Folks with the Steelers are feeling confident that Le’Veon Bell will re-sign with the team.— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) March 3, 2018
This confidence is a good sign for those who want Bell back, and believe the team is better with No. 26’s services, but this ultimately comes down to the final numbers of the contract. If Bell gets a monstrous deal, it could strap the Steelers to the point where they won’t be able to be active participants in free agency for other areas of need on the team’s roster — especially on defense.
But if they can get Bell to sign a contract which has a hefty signing bonus, but is very team-friendly in the first few years of the contract, they should be able to work some numbers to allow them to still meander their way through free agency too.
However you look at this situation, it is hard to argue the team isn’t better with Bell than without. Yes, his contract could eat into a large portion of the team’s remaining salary cap, but if the team wants to win now, while Ben Roethlisberger is still the quarterback of the team, they would likely want to have Bell in, rather than out.
Stay tuned for more news on this situation and the team’s attempt to avoid using the franchise tag for the second year in a row on Bell.