Le’Veon Bell is making news again, publicly stating he’d retire before playing for Andy Reid again.
There is an old proverb: “Beware what you wish for because you just might get it.”
One might think that Bell learned that the hard way already. Bell was an elite running back on a career trajectory that would have put him in the Hall of Fame had he remained with the Pittsburgh Steelers. His desire to get paid “guaranteed” money led him to sign with a perceived “better” deal with the New York Jets. From there, that trajectory diverged downward and plummeted faster than the 1929 market crash that resulted in the Great Depression. The decision cost him millions in unrecoverable dollars.
Bell was open about blaming Adam Gase for his decline and probably figured “The grass was greener on the other side” when he signed with the offensive powerhouse Kansas City Chiefs. Probably assuming that playing with Patrick Mahomes would see him return to the previous All-Pro level he enjoyed while pairing with Ben Roethlisberger, he almost certainly figured he could parley his success into one more large contract. Still, he couldn’t resist slipping in a dig against Roethlisberger in commenting it would be his first time playing with an MVP level QB. The poetic irony of the comment is even if it were true, then he still hasn’t played with one.
The problem with the plan was he barely played with Mahomes. Instead, he was used sparingly, totaling 353 yards and 2 TDs as a reserve, and didn’t even play in the AFC Championship or Super Bowl.
Having three years of his prime wasted, the 29-year old RB is still an unsigned free agent with zero chance of getting a large contract offer from anyone.
Instead of blaming everyone else, it’s overdue that Bell should stop and think that maybe the old cop-out line used as justification in so many breakups is true in his case:
“It’s not you, it’s me.”
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