Steelers' Le'Veon Bell tweets $60M 'not enough' to join New York Jets
If the New York Jets have interest in pending free agent Le'Veon Bell, they learned Thursday that the price tag for the Pittsburgh Steelers running back could be awfully high.
Responding on Twitter to a Jets fan who "offered" him $60 million in cash to join Gang Green, Bell didn't mince words, saying "that ain't enough to come run with the Jets."
The 25-year-old back, who has a history of joking around on social media, caught the attention of Jets safety Jamal Adams, who replied by saying the Jets "will be the talk of the league this coming year" and offering to "run to the bank" to help meet Bell's contract demands.
A rapper in his spare time, Bell has made references to his desired salary in his songs on two different occasions, suggesting he wants $15 million or $17 million per year on his next deal.
According to multiple reports, Bell turned down an offer from the Steelers last summer that would have paid him more than $12 million annually and $30 million in the first two years, choosing instead to play on the franchise tag for $12.12 million. If the Steelers tag him again this spring, he will be due $14.57 million in 2018.
No running back in the league currently has an annual salary over $8.25 million. Only two backs have more than $23 million guaranteed on their current contracts, and both (Leonard Fournette and Ezekiel Elliott) are former top-five draft picks on rookie deals.
The Jets are expected to have nearly $80 million in cap space this offseason, fourth-most in the NFL.
--Field Level Media