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If the Steelers are worried about winning the public relations battle in their ongoing contract dispute with Le’Veon Bell, they shouldn’t be.
Because Bell keeps losing it on his own.
No one has ever questioned Bell’s heroism on the field. Between the regular season and playoffs the last two years, Bell has touched the ball 836 times. Most of those touches have yielded great results, and he almost has never turned it over.
The fans Bell has managed to keep are in his corner because of the offensive burden he has shouldered for the Steelers: 4,345 yards from scrimmage in 2016 and ’17.
As is the case in most hero/villain melodramas, a villain usually gets that description because of greed.
In the case of Lex Luthor or Skeletor, power and world domination are the end goals.
Think of Bell, though, as more like Dr. Evil in the original Austin Powers movie: pure greed based on money and outlandish financial demands.
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Bell might as well walk into Kevin Colbert’s office holding Mr. Bigglesworth and demanding one hundred billion dollars.
He’s as likely to get that as he is the $17 million in average annual value he allegedly is asking for now.
When you don’t show up on time to play for a $12 million franchise tag, reject a $13 million per year offer,and then increase demands from $14.5 million per year to $17 million per year, yes Le’Veon, people are going to paint you as a greedy villain.
This latest blockbuster also effectively ends the Rams’ interest in Giants star wideout Odell Beckham Jr.
Cooks, a first-round pick of the Saints in 2014, will be joining his third team in three seasons. He’s averaged more than 75 catches and 1,100 yards over the past three seasons and will essentially replace Sammy Watkins as Los Angeles’ home run hitter.
Cooks had 65 grabs for 1,082 yards and seven scores in his lone season with New England, one that ended when a Jimmy Wynn Authentic Jersey head injury prematurely knocked him out of Super Bowl LII.
The Patriots now own two picks in Round 1 (Nos. 23 and 31) and could be eyeing a receiver to supplant Cooks and a left tackle to replace Nate Solder, who signed with the Giants during free agency.