Thinking Out Loud: Le’Veon Bell, Emmitt Smith, and the Franchise Tag

Thinking Out Loud: Le’Veon Bell, Emmitt Smith, and the Franchise Tag

The Steelers and Le’Veon Bell are in a contract dispute. Basically, the Steelers are trying to keep his salary lower, and Bell wants an increase. Bell is in jeopardy of missing the first game of the season. This situation reminds me of Emmitt Smith holding out before the 1993 season. Smith wanted to be paid similar to what Thurman Thomas made. Otherwise, Smith would have made well below his market value. Jerry Jones refused and Smith missed the first two games of the season. The Cowboys were 0-2 and players like Charles Haley complained publicly that Dallas needed Smith to win. Jones then ponied up the cash, and the Cowboys reversed their fortune, en route to their second straight Super Bowl win. Bell makes a trainload more money than Smith made, even after Smith got his shiny new contract. Still, the plot isn’t much different. The Steelers want to pay Bell less than what he thinks he’s worth. Bell wants to […]

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