John Clayton On Steelers And Le'Veon Bell: 'They've Done All They Can Do'

John Clayton Talks About The Steelers And Le'Veon Bell And Where The Two Sides Go From Here

Kraig Riley
March 16, 2018 - 5:19 pm
John Clayton Talks About The Future Between The Steelers And Le'Veon Bell

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The FAN) - The talk of the offseason for the Steelers has been what to do with Le'Veon Bell and who better to weigh in on the topic that John Clayton?

The Pittsburgh native joined The Starkey and Mueller Show and didn't paint a pretty picture for the two sides when it comes to a long-term deal being worked out.

"I think that they've pretty well done all they can do because when you want a running back that wants two times the running back market, you're not going to be able to get him to a long-term deal...when they're offering 12 and he's asking for 16 and the highest paid running backs are 8.2 and 8, I mean what are you going to do?"

Clayton didn't paint a pretty picture for Bell though in the long-term when it comes to his high asking price.

"I don't even know if he's going to be able to get 12 on the open market next year...At least the Steelers were offering fair things at 12 million dollars plus.  I think they would have probably gone to 13.  But if Le'Veon Bell wants 14.5, 15, 16 million dollars on a long-term deal as a running back, it just isn't in this league right now."

Clayton went on to say that someone will sign him becuase "he's the best back in football," but it won't ever be for the money he's asking for.

When asked if the Steelers would be better served in rescinding the franchise tag and spending that money on multiple players, Clayton didn't seem like a fan of that idea.

"If you take him out, you're not as good of a team.  You may be able to find some  players on defense and take care of that, but unfortunately now your offense isn't going to be able to be as good."

Click the audio link to hear more from John about the Steelers, the event he's taking part of at Point Park University and how much fun he had filming his famous This Is Sportscenter commercial.