Breaking news coming from Pittsburgh. The Steelers have signed second round pick Le’Veon Bell to a four year deal. Bell is the first of two rookies to be signed by the Steelers on Monday (Jarvis Jones). Just two rookies remain to be signed by the black and gold, Landry Jones and Nick Williams. Seven of the Steelers’ rookies have been signed (Jarvis Jones, Bell, Wheaton, Thomas, Hawthorne, Brown, Vince Williams).
If you remember in last week’s article, I stated that the Steelers will receive $5.5 million on June 1 from releasing offensive guard Willie Colon in March. The front office relaxed over the weekend and got straight to work on a contract with the Michigan State running back on Monday. Financial terms of the four-year deal have not been released to this point, but if you are following @NFLNSTUFF on Twitter, I will tweet them as soon as I get the information.
Bell rushed for 3,346 career yards and 33 touchdowns and caught 78 passes for 531 yards with one receiving touchdown. He rushed for 1,793 yards for the 2012 season, the second-highest single-season total in Michigan State history. Bell was named to the All-Big Ten first team.
One of Bell’s most memorable games, was last season against Boise State when the running back touched the ball 50 times. He rushed for 210 yards on 44 carries on top of six receptions for 55 yards in a comeback win over the Broncos, 17-13. Bell scored the game winning touchdown on a five yard run.
“I didn’t even know I got the ball 50 times,” Bell said. “I didn’t ever realize I had the ball that many times because I was so in the zone just wanting us to win this game. I was looking up at the scoreboard and I see we’re losing and I’m like, ‘Give me the ball, I’m just trying to score.’”
Now that Bell is under contract, he is assumed to be the starting running back in a backfield that finished 26th in rushing in 2012. Bell will be asked to improve that total running behind the zone blocking scheme. Bell ran behind the same scheme while at Michigan State. Now it is time for Bell to prove he be successful in the National Football League.