Running back Le’Veon Bell finally got what he wanted this offseason when the Pittsburgh Steelers elected to not franchise tag him and let him be a free agent and choose whatever team he would like.
Now, that Bell is a member of the New York Jets, he has some time to reflect about his tenure with his former employer.
“Pittsburgh is a great organization,” Bell told Jenny Vrentas of SI.com. “They’ve got a great owner, head coach. They kind of treat you like — they don’t treat you like you’re human. What I mean by that is like, yeah, I’m an NFL athlete, but still I’m a human being. You know what I’m saying? I still play video games, I still make music. They don’t want to allow you to be yourself. They want you to be, if you’re a Steelers, you’re literally playing football 24/7. You’re not supposed to be playing video games and like making music, playing basketball. You’re not supposed to be doing that. You’re supposed to be working out.”
Problems with the Steelers organization arose when they franchise tagged him in 2017 and then tried to do the same in 2018 when Bell wanted a bigger deal.
He wanted nothing to do with a second tag since running back have a short life expectancy to cash in with a big contract and run the risk of getting seriously injured and never receiving it.