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Joined: 10 Jan 2006 Posts: 10187 Location: Indianapolis
Posted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 6:55 am Post subject:
That is an interesting insight into his agent's negotiating strategy. I'm guessing they averaged contracts to justify what they were asking for.
Where are the $12-15 mil guaranteed numbers coming from? Because I'd guess the Steelers offered more than that. $30m over the first two years is pretty generous and not how the Steelers usually do contracts.
The Steelers clearly want Bell and they tend to make pretty fair offers to players. They offer contracts in good faith and intend to pay out what they offer. Very rarely do they not get a deal done when they want to. My strong hunch here is that it's simply that Bell was determined to destroy the market value.
I'm not convinced Bell will get what he's asking for even if he hits FA. Especially two years from now. But we'll see. Hopefully it motivates him further. I'll take two years of a fully motivated Bell.
It looks closer to totalling top contracts for each (#2 wr and top rb)
His biggest problem is that he would have made more money over 2 years with that contract than being tagged for each year.
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Joined: 02 Mar 2009 Posts: 6797 Location: In your head
Posted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 11:17 am Post subject:
Contracts are deceiving. I want to see/know the language of a contract. Everyone focuses too much on first two years of a contract. By passing off supposedly 12-14 million this year and playing off a 12 million tag this season, how is the contract structured towards real money and not incentives for playing time, injuries, suspensions, etc... We constantly laugh at some of these QBs getting this ridiculously huge "fluffed out" contracts.
Bell is the best RB in the league right now, period. Bell is also the Steelers
second best WR. If Bell were primarily WR, then you're looking at an Anquan Boldin or Hines Ward type of WR. He missed 3 games last year but still caught 75 passes!
I'm quite sure Bell wanted RB money on top of a percentage of #2 WR money. How much did he want? Only those involved in the negotiations know. Just give him a solid contract and then worry about signing Big Al. _________________
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