I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. And if you don’t like that, then go ahead and root for the lesser NFL team if you like.
That being said, I’ve been fascinated of late with the current contract dispute between star running back Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers. No matter how good you are as a player, the Steelers don’t often renegotiate contracts. Oh yeah, they’ll sign players to big deals after their initial contracts are done, but they’re also a budget-minded franchise that makes some players rather antsy about returning to the lineup year after year.
Such is the case with star running back Le’Veon Bell. This guy has been an absolute beast at the line. Instead of running directly into the line of scrimmage, he actually hesitates – causing the defense to open a running lane here or there – and then Bell exploits that miscue and runs through, garnering additional yards and first downs. He’s part of the Steelers’ “Killer B’s” lineup – Bell, wide receiver Antonio Brown, our quarterback, and kicker Chris Boswell. Yeah, Boswell’s a “B” as well.
Oh yeah, and three of the top four highlights are against the crapola Cincinnati Bengals. I always love plays where the Steelers make Vontaze Burfict look like a Pop Warner walk-on. 😀
Last year, the Steelers and Bell had problems negotiating a new contract extension, and with Bell approaching free agency, the Steelers tagged Bell as a “franchise” player – meaning he was bound to the Steelers for one year, but would receive tons of money. Bell grumbled, but he played for the Steelers last year.
Same thing this year – contract negotiations, free agency looming, and the Steelers used their franchise tag on Bell once more.
This didn’t make Bell very happy. He felt that his market value was not reflected in his play.
So Bell went to his other avenue of skill – the music world. Over the years, Bell has built up a nice catalog of R&B and rap songs. So, in an effort to tell his side of the story, Bell released this R&B diss track. It’s calld “Target.”
Um … er …
Okay. Here’s the thing. Bell’s earned the right to get paid. And the Steelers need to open up that checkbook. We already know that Pittsburgh really, really needs a healthy Le’Veon Bell in the lineup. He can change the course of the game just out of the confusion he causes at the line of scrimmage.
And the Steelers have opened up the checkbook before – huge contracts to Antonio Brown, who is without a doubt the best wide receiver in the game today. Another huge contract to our quarterback – who may have one or two good seasons left before new draft pick Mason Rudolph gets his turn under center.
And Le’Veon Bell has the right to speak his mind and tell his side of the story. No one should ever use the “shut up and play” argument. That’s disrespectful, demeaning and downright disgusting. NFL players are men, and they deserve to be treated with respect and honor for their skills as well as their intellect and courage.
But … Le’Veon … my man …
Your rap has auto-tune?
You auto-tuned your rap?
I haven’t heard auto-tune this painful since the last time Kanye West tried to sing.
Oh well … if nothing else, it’s not the worst recording a Pittsburgh Steeler has ever fostered upon the public.
At least you didn’t enter the country music realm. Like some other Steelers legend I know.