Without fully guaranteed salaries, NFL contracts can be a misconceiving mess. Richard Sherman wants you to know that.
After Le’Veon Bell reportedly turned down a five-year deal worth $42 million over the first three years, Sherman applauded the Pittsburgh Steelers running back for making a stand for better value Tuesday night.
Bell has opted to play on his one-year, fully guaranteed $12.12-million franchise tag in 2017 instead of the deal reportedly offered by the Steelers. He said Monday he is willing to do what it takes to raise the running back market and help his fellow NFLers make what they deserve.
Sherman lauded Bell for having the courage and intelligence to not accept a contract that would tie him to the Steelers for five years, but only guarantee his salary for three, at best. The reports did not mention how much guaranteed money Bell would receive, making the claim that the contract would be worth $42 million over three years a tad misleading.
The Washington Redskins recently tried a similar tactic with franchise-tagged Kirk Cousins, releasing a statement that they offered the quarterback $53 million guaranteed, though he actually had leverage to make that money without a new deal.
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