How much will Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell be worth when he hits the free-agent market after the 2016 season?
Sounds like he’s pegging his value at $15 million a year.
Bell, the former Michigan State star who goes by his nickname “Juice” as a part-time rapper, has a new song called “Focus.” In it, Bell suggests he will command $15 million annually as a free agent when his current four-year, $4.12 million contract expires at the end of 2016:
“I’m at the top and if not I’m the closest,
“I’m a need 15 a year and they know this.”
Bell was limited to six games last season with a knee injury but rushed for 556 yards on a 4.9-yard average. In 2014, his second year in the NFL, Bell had 1,361 yards on 290 carries (4.7-yard average) with eight TD.
The Vikings’ Adrian Peterson is the NFL’s highest-paid running back with an average annual value of $14 million, followed by the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles ($9.05 million) and the Bills’ LeSean McCoy ($8 million).
Bell was drafted by the Steelers in the second round in 2013.
More from Bell’s “Focus”:
“Be mad if you want cause I’m keeping it real,
“They want all my focus to be on the field,
“I play on hope that one day I’m the best.
“I play for respect, I can’t settle for less.”