Davis On Bell: I'd Sprint To Sign Franchise Tag

Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis thinks Le'Veon Bell should sign his franchise tag – and sooner rather than later

The DA Show
September 05, 2018 - 12:04 pm

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The Pittsburgh Steelers open their season this Sunday in Cleveland, and Le’Veon Bell is nowhere to be found.

Will the All-Pro running back actually miss games?


“The closer it gets to game No. 1, it looks like he might be dug in his hole,” Hall of Fame running back Terrell Davis said on The DA Show. “I find it hard to kind of pass up signing that franchise tag. I find it hard that he’s willing to do that, but maybe this is the year he's like, ‘Listen, I’ve got to make a stand. I’ve got to do something.’”

Bell is slated to earn $14.5 million this season but wanted a long-term contract from Pittsburgh. It didn’t happen.

“Maybe he’s looking at Khalil Mack and thinking maybe a trade could be in the works,” Davis said. “I don’t know, but if he returns, he certainly gives them what they need. They need his presence. They need his presence to be a team that’s going to be a Super Bowl-contending team. He just brings so much to the table. He’s important to their success, so they got to get him back in that building. But man, I don’t know. I’d be sprinting to sign that franchise tag.”

If Bell missed action, James Conner would likely start in his stead.

“James Conner has an opportunity to show his talent and to make people kind of not forget about Le’Veon Bell, but be a little bit more comfortable that he’s starting,” Davis said.

In other news, Davis had a touching exchange with Broncos rookie running back Phillip Lindsay, who requested to wear Davis’ jersey number – 30. Lindsay grew up revering the two-time Super Bowl champion.

“I was really impressed with him as a person,” Davis said. “He told me the back story: I knew he was from Denver and I knew he had gone to CU. But he told me about growing up and having my book and reading my book, and he said that my book was one of few books that he’s actually finished. He kind of used my story as motivation. If somebody tells you that, that kind of gets you right there. So I was impressed with that.”

Lindsay, like Davis, was not a highly ranked recruit. He also went undrafted, whereas Davis was drafted in the sixth round.

“He’s an underdog, he’s undrafted – I felt like that number kind of represents that,” Davis said. “I was a sixth-round pick, and it’s easy to give your number to somebody’s that’s a first-round pick, a second-round pick. But I thought that for what he brings to the table, it was perfect for a kid that’s fighting – that’s fought – actually walked on, basically. He’s starting kick returner and he’s second on the depth chart as far as running backs. So this might turn out to be just the beginning of a major career for this young man, and we’ll look back on this moment and say, hey, it kind of helped him build that with just blessing him with that number.”