Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t willing to accept the team’s offer on a long-term deal. But he has accepted this truth: Bell hopes to spend his entire career in the city he now calls home.
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Pittsburgh, Bell said via Twitter on Monday night, the city that took in a 21-year old kid from small-town Ohio, the city I battled thru adversity in, the city that I became a man in. I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt!
Some would say that, if Bell feels this way, he should accept the best long-term offer that the team has made. But the Steelers surely aren’t offering a lifetime contract for Bell. Indeed, the Steelers typically offer no fully-guaranteed payments beyond the first year of a long-term contract. Although a large signing bonus could make it difficult to dump Bell after only one year, the non-guaranteed back end of a multi-year contract gives Bell no real security.
The 32-year-old Tedd Ginn Jr. finished second among the team’s wide receivers with 53 receptions for 787 yards in 2017. No one else on the roster managed more than 10 receptions last year as Payton shifted the offense toward his running backs.
Kelly played his entire 11-season NFL career with the Bills and was voted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, in 2002.
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Panthers coach Ron Rivera Nicklas Grossmann Jersey got a contract extension this offseason, and so did Panthers General Manager Marty Hurney.
And they know that might not mean a thing.
The two of them are under contract through 2020, but the Panthers are in the process of being sold by founder Jerry Richardson, who wanted to make sure his guys got their gold watches on his way out the door. But with the expectation that a new owner will be voted on at the May owner’s meeting, Rivera knows that when they take the field this fall, they’re auditioning for a new boss who has no vested interest in them personally.
Asked if that forced the Panthers into an all-in mindset this year, he acknowledged the elephant in the room.