At 4:00 pm today, July 16, it became official. Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers threw in the towel. There will be no long-term contract for our superstar do-all running back. He receives the franchise tag for the second year in a row, all but ensuring his departure in 2019.
We talk about the obvious negatives of this development, which was all but expected, other than the Pollyanna-ish wishful thinking by some pundits, Mike Tomlin and Bell himself.
We also talk about the window of opportunity and what this portends for the Steelers, post the 2018 season.
While not apologizing for what some sensed as soccer-bashing last week, we clarify our intent. We were only expressing the probability that the U.S. would be dominant in soccer if only our best athletes chose that path, rather than the NFL and the NBA.