The Pittsburgh Steelers are a franchise that has had many legendary players over the years.
One position where they have had a lot of success is at running back.
From Franco Harris to Jerome Bettis to Le’Veon Bell.
Each left their mark on the franchise and the running back position.
Bell was a three-time All-Pro with the Steelers and was viewed as one of the best running backs in the league.
Due to his production, he wanted to be paid as one of the best.
He sat out the entire 2018 season in a boycott of his contract.
He left for the New York Jets that offseason.
According to Around The NFL, Bell regrets the “petty” way he left the Steelers.
He is hoping to return and retire as a member of the Black and Gold.
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) May 28, 2023
It remains to be seen if the Steelers will grant that request.
Bell has not had a meaningful NFL season since 2019.
If Pittsburgh will let him retire as a member of their organization, it is doubtful they will give him any preseason carries.
It makes you wonder how many more years Bell could have been effective in Pittsburgh.
In his last season as a Steeler, he had 406 total touches and 1,946 yards from scrimmage.
Rarely does holding out for a new contract work out.
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