Joyner: "Ridiculous" Steelers Didn't Sign Bell

Seth Joyner found Pittsburgh's inability to sign Le'Veon Bell baffling

Zach Gelb
July 23, 2018 - 9:48 am

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The Pittsburgh Steelers were unable to reach a long-term contract with Le’Veon Bell, which Seth Joyner finds baffling.

“I think it’s ridiculous that you don’t sign this guy,” the former NFL linebacker and Super Bowl champion said on The Zach Gelb Show. “I get it. It’s a quarterback-driven league, but in my opinion, there’s only three quarterbacks in this league – and Ben Roethlisberger isn’t one – that can take a team, an offense, and hoist it on his shoulders and carry it to the promised land.”

Bell has rushed for 1,200+ yards and caught 75+ balls for 600+ receiving yards in three of the last four seasons. He had a career-high 321 carries and a career-high 85 receptions last season.

“The kid had over 400 touches last year,” Joyner said. “He had more touches than anybody on the team. He led the team in rushes, he was second on the team in receptions – what else does a guy got to do to get respect? From what history says, you don’t pay running backs, but I believe when you have generational running backs like Le’Veon Bell, when you got a guy that can do it all, he can he can catch, he can run the ball and give you 1,000 yards, come out the backfield, he protects well – when that guy can stay on the field in every situation – that’s different than the majority of teams in the league. 

“Most teams do it via three different running backs,” Joyner continued. “So when you change personnel, if I’m a defensive coordinator, I already know what you’re going to do. So when you got a guy like Le’Veon Bell that can do it all – I forgot about the screen game. He’s an exception to the rule. And if the league is afraid of setting a new precedent as far as running backs are concerned, this contract would only apply to the Todd Gurley's, the Ezekiel Elliott’s – the guys that are every-down backs. It’s not going to be the norm for every single running back that comes through.”