The timing wasn’t great for Le’Veon Bell to be talking about his contract status going into next season. While some would argue the question was out of line, others would disagree and say Bell should have taken a “no comment” stance on the entire situation.
Nonetheless, Bell was contrite and honest in his response, but it caused quite a stir when he told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN he would contemplate sitting out a year, or retiring, if the Steelers decided to place the exclusive rights franchise tag on him for the second straight season.
After these comments hit the media wire, they spread like wildfire throughout the NFL landscape, but also throughout Steelers Nation. Fans were confused, as to why he would talk about this just days before the Jaguars come to town for a Divisional Playoff game, and frustrated with the thought of not having Bell on the team for the long-term, not to suggest the Steelers and Bell couldn’t reach a long-term deal this offseason.
Regardless, Bell had to smell the smoke coming from the media fire, and he took to Twitter to clarify his comments.
I’m trying to win a super bowl...I can care less about what happens after this season...my biggest thing I’m focused on is this team I’m on right now, playing for/with my brothers, & bringing back a 7th ring! what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) January 11, 2018
Source : https://www.behindthesteelcurtain.com/nfl-pittsburgh-steelers-news/2018/1/12/16883418/leveon-bell-takes-to-social-media-to-respond-to-backlash-following-his-comments-to-espn-steelers