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6 hours ago, Dcash4 said:

Why do you think Sammy Watkins is $4M more valuable than Bell?

Because of the position he plays and more so, i dont. Sammy Watkins was over paid.  WRs will always be paid more than RBs however.

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8 hours ago, Chieferific said:

I'm probably in the minority but if they're relying on Connor to carry the load it's not gonna be pretty. They will need to be a Passing Offense instead of a Balanced one. He's a better story then a player imo. I do agree they shouldn't pay his demands but what is the purpose of using Bell sparingly? Is it out of spite hoping his lack of playing time will reduce his demand/money? If so, that's petty. Use him as much as it takes to win a Super Bowl. Imo anyways. 

I gotta believe theyd also use Jaylen Samuels

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2 hours ago, wwhickok said:

Because of the position he plays and more so, i dont. Sammy Watkins was over paid.  WRs will always be paid more than RBs however.

So value to your team has nothing to do with it? Just what position you play? Because..Sammy Watkins is overpaid, but it's cool...he's a receiver. 

You were very adamant that Bell needs to "bring down his asking price to $12M"...yet here is a guy getting $16M a year in which Bell out performed him at his own craft.....as a receiver....Sammy Watkins, who is receiver, is worse at being a receiver....than LeVeon Bell....who should be ashamed for asking for $15M....because he is a running back  

Honestly, does anyone think any of that makes sense? 

 

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2 hours ago, Dcash4 said:

So value to your team has nothing to do with it? Just what position you play? Because..Sammy Watkins is overpaid, but it's cool...he's a receiver. 

You were very adamant that Bell needs to "bring down his asking price to $12M"...yet here is a guy getting $16M a year in which Bell out performed him at his own craft.....as a receiver....Sammy Watkins, who is receiver, is worse at being a receiver....than LeVeon Bell....who should be ashamed for asking for $15M....because he is a running back  

Honestly, does anyone think any of that makes sense? 

 

I think your'e creating a dispute that isn't there. I don't want to speak for @wwhickok but I'm betting he wouldn't want to sign Sammy to $16 Million a year either. Just because 1 team is dumb enough to sign him for that doesn't mean the Steelers should base their offer on what another player at another position signed for with another team. Is Bell more valuable then Watkins? No doubt in my mind but neither deserves $16 Million a year (Imo). Ideally they would have extended him in the first couple of years of his Rookie deal but I think the suspension and injuries (tho I think the injuries are overblown) prevented that. He kept performing at an elite level and basically played himself out of Pittsburgh. He's confident he can get $15 Million a year (so am I) so he isn't gonna sign for less. It's disappointing but I understand both sides. 

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8 hours ago, Dcash4 said:

So value to your team has nothing to do with it? Just what position you play? Because..Sammy Watkins is overpaid, but it's cool...he's a receiver. 

You were very adamant that Bell needs to "bring down his asking price to $12M"...yet here is a guy getting $16M a year in which Bell out performed him at his own craft.....as a receiver....Sammy Watkins, who is receiver, is worse at being a receiver....than LeVeon Bell....who should be ashamed for asking for $15M....because he is a running back  

Honestly, does anyone think any of that makes sense? 

 

Chief pretty much summed up my opinion. Sammy Watkins ISNT more valuable to me but to a desperately WR needy team he was. Bell plays in a league that has significantly decreased the value of rb's. In a league with a much bigger cap i might not have an issue paying bell 16M but the reality is that money would cripple the ability to continue to improve our defense. He MIGHT get the money he wants from someone else. I dont think he will but he might. But its also easier to find rbs in a passing lg than it is wrs that was my point about watkins.

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This is like the Kirk Cousins situation was for the Redskins for 3 years. As much as it sucks, the Steelers should trade Bell if he won’t sign his long term deal.

Which, it seems he won’t, and why should he? 

It’s a crappy long term offer without enough guaranteed money like the Redskins tried to offer Kirk last offseason.

So, the best thing for the Steelers to do is to trade Bell to an NFC team for a 1st round pick and maybe more right now while they control his rights - something the Redskins should’ve done for two years - holding on to a good to elite player who’s eventually going to leave and only getting back a compensatory (late) 3rd round pick doesn’t make sense at all.

Teams in the NFC who could use Bell:

1. Packers

2. Bucs

3. 49ers

4. Seahawks 

5. Lions

6. Redskins (not likely after the Cousins scenario)

If I was Colbert/Tomlin, I’d start shopping Bell to these teams right now because it’s very unlikely Bell is a steeler long term.

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