Source: Bell plans to join Jets for 4 years, $52.5M


#1

You know, until he backs out.


#2

Talk about gambling on yourself and losing.


#3

He got $35 million guaranteed. The Steelers were going to keep putting him on the tag until he was too old and beat up to get a big multi-year contract. I know there were rumors that they offered him a huge contract, but I haven’t seen that confirmed by anyone beyond the anonymous sources.


#4

Eh, depends on how you look at it.


#5

More information is trickling out about the deal. It sounds like the set in stone as long as he doesn’t violate the contract amount is around $28 million. He sacrificed $14 million by sitting 2018 out and received at least twice as much with the long term deal. The trade off is that he lost a big money year while he was in his prime. Ideally he would have played well on the tag last year, and then still gotten a deal like his current one. Bell wanted security though over the potential extra money. He got what he wanted in that sense. The Steelers didn’t want to tie up a huge chunk of their cap in Bell, so they let the Jets roll the dice on him instead.