Le’Veon Bell’s contract dispute was one of the most-talked-about and, frankly, ugliest stories in the NFL season.
For the uninitiated, Bell was seeking to sign a new contract which would make him the highest paid running back in the league, and which would reposition the running back position on par with quarterbacks as one of the highest-paid positions in the league. The Pittsburgh Steelers, who still held the rights to Bell, sought a more modest deal, rumored to have been $47 million dollars for three years.
Bell reportedly turned down this offer due to a lack of guaranteed money which was around $20 million dollars of the deal, despite the offer itself matching his ask of $15 million dollars a year. For reference, Todd Gurley signed a $57.5-million dollar contract with the Los Angeles Rams at the beginning of the season which included around $45 million dollars worth of guaranteed money.
When it became clear that the two sides were unlikely to make a deal, the Steelers opted to place the franchise tag on Bell which would have paid him $14.5 million dollars, only half a million dollars below Bell’s asking price. Bell, intent on signing a long-term deal, refused to report to the team until such a deal was agreed to. Ultimately, this is how Bell’s season ended, before it ever even began, as a holdout.
So, now that we are all up to speed, why does this matter? It’s interesting, sure, but beyond the owners who lost Bell for the season, how does this impact dynasty fantasy football?