Earlier this week, former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell signed a deal with the New York Jets. Although several teams reportedly entered the Bell sweepstakes, the Jets made the most-compelling offer to the star running back.
Bell signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal that could potentially pay him $61 million. He’ll also receive $35 million in guaranteed money – which was his issue with the Steelers.
On Thursday afternoon, Bell officially signed his new deal with the Jets. At his introductory press conference, Bell was asked if he regrets not playing during the 2018 season.
“The decision I made… I don’t regret anything that happened. Who can I say if I played on a franchise tag, if I do get hurt, do I sit hear with the NY Jets with a beautiful deal?” Bell said on Thursday.
Le'Veon Bell on regrets on sitting out the year: "The decision I made… I don't regret anything that happened. Who can I say if I played on a franchise tag, if I do get hurt, do I sit hear with the NY Jets with a beautiful deal?"
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 14, 2019
Bell reportedly held a five-year, $70 million offer from the Steelers.
The big caveat with the Steelers offer, however, came in guarantees.
According to multiple reports, the Steelers offered just $10 million in guaranteed money – given as a signing bonus.
In the end, Bell may not have set the market, but he received more than two times the guaranteed money with the Jets than he did with the Steelers.