Le'Veon Bell, American football running back, decided to post a Tweet that has been making a lot of people scratch their heads, specifically with the meaning behind it.
Bell's contract issues with the Steelers have been well documented. Since he's one of the better players in the NFL, he wants his fair share of cash from the Pittsburgh Steelers, however, the team has been unwilling to offer. Bell is pretty consistent with what he wants, the guy even went as far as to skip training camp as well as team meetings and practices. While all this has been going on, Bell has been pretty active on social media, even tweeting some salty comments after the Steelers tied their first game of the season. Yet, those were a little more direct. His latest Tweet, however, is a little more cryptic.
sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way...I feel like too many ppl take me for granted...— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) September 23, 2018
Essentially, what the tweet might be is a tactic at pointing a finger at a group of people who, from his point of view, don't really see his value. Obviously, the team wants to get the best players possible on the most thrifty contracts, but it's a little different from a player's point of view.
Perhaps, he just wants to hear a thank you once in a while for taking a deal that's good for the team but not for him. It's kind of like making a sacrifice and not getting any benefit what so ever, anyone would like to receive at least a thank you from the person or people they've helped out.
When he talks about people taking him for granted, he might be referring to being signed for a year, simply to keep him on the team without making a long-term commitment. This means that he just wants to get a long-term contract that pays well and shows that the teams recognize his sacrifices for them.
Bell does have a little bit of a history when doing this. During the year of 2017, he actually held out right before the start of the season, which landed him a nice $12 million franchise deal.
The franchise tag is one thing that could really be pushing him to hold out for longer periods of time. A franchise tag basically means a team can sign a member for one year, which means that it prevents the player from getting a better deal somewhere else while still keeping them unsure about their future employment status. That's why he's currently refused to sign one of those this year.
Still, this drama has played out longer than many expected. Hopefully, there isn't too much bad blood between the two parties, and we can get back to watching what Bell does best on the field.