Mike Tomlin makes snarky quip about Le’Veon Bell’s deal with Jets
There has been no shortage of bad blood between Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers over the past few seasons, and the rift ultimately led to the disgruntled running back’s departure.
Now that the split is all said and done with Bell signing with the New York Jets, Mike Tomlin elected to make a snarky quip about what the running back is set to earn from his new team.
Bell, after the Steelers elected to move on, signed a four-year deal with the Jets that could end up netting him upwards of $61 million.
When asked whether Bell can elevate the Jets’ offense amid the mega-deal, Tomlin made a sarcastic wisecrack.
“I would hope so, you guys are paying him enough,” Tomlin said Tuesday, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
The relative worth of Bell’s deal with the Jets has been a source of much debate — not to mention an interesting deletion from Bell’s Twitter timeline — specifically concerning whether it was worth it for Bell to sit out the entire 2018 NFL season amid a protracted contract dispute. All told, Bell opted to forgo $14.5 million in salary by refusing to play under the franchise tag designation.
Amid a years-long standstill in deliberations that were far from fruitful, the Steelers declined to engage Bell in ongoing contract talks at season’s end, making him an unrestricted free agent. The rest, as it is said, is history. Whether Bell actually does live up to his contract and elevates the Jets’ offense, however, is another story.