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Le'Veon Bell walked away from a lot of money this year so he could get a big payday this offseason.
Now we know exactly how much Bell wants in his next contract.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Bell wants at least $17 million a season and a guarantee of at least $45 million in his next contract.
Bell reportedly turned down an offer from the Steelers of $30 million this past offseason and then decided to sit out this entire season when they franchise tagged him, and now we know why. He wanted at least $15 million more in guaranteed money than what they were offering him.
When Bell decided not to sign the franchise tag the Steelers placed on him, he also left $14.5 million on the table. The Steelers still hold the rights to Bell and could either franchise tag him again (not going to happen because of the cap hit) or transition tag him and have the right to match any offer he's given.
James Conner's emergence has made the likelihood of them matching Bell's offer much less, so it seems Bell will be signing with a new team this offseason.
The Jets seems like the most likely suitor, but for now, we only know what Bell wants and it's the same amount of money as fellow star running back Todd Gurley.