After failing to agree on a contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers, All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell is set to play out 2017 on a one-year deal. By turning down Pittsburgh’s overtures, the 25-year-old is betting he can make a splash in free agency after one more explosive season at Heinz Field.
The only question now is what kind of market awaits Bell — and the league’s other top tailbacks — in an NFL that’s slowly diverting from the “you don’t need a featured back” trend of the past five years?
Jones made a point of saying so when discussing the challenges of preparing his upcoming induction speech.
“The memories recapping and looking back, my remarks I wanted to include have been very enjoyable,” Jones told co-host Gil Brandt and I last week on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “But at the end of the day I can’t say enough about what I think of the future.
“I know how lucky I am to have gotten to this point, but I really believe that my story is about what it is in the coming years.”
Jones’ standing in the Hall won’t be affected by whatever unfolds — heck, even O.J. Simpson remains a member — but his legacy will be.
That isn’t an accident. Hall voters (which I was, for seven years) are reticent to champion those still active on a team, or potentially so, because of how their return could impact the overall body of work already complied. Polian was so concerned about having his Hall candidacy torpedoed in 2015 that he dropped out of Cheap Jerseys From China NHL consideration for a top executive role with the Bills.
In this case, the Jones book isn’t close Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping to completion. The 74-year-old Jones shows no signs he will cede his roles as the franchise’s president and general manager to his son Stephen or a family outsider any time soon.