Sure, Le’Veon Bell could have made more money per year had he played under the franchise tag with the Steelers in 2018, but his choice to hold out goes further than the amount of money in his bank account.
Last season, Jon Gruden thought his roster was so bad that he traded away two 20-something building blocks in Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. Now he’s adding Antonio Brown, a 31-year-old receiver, to the mix.
On the surface, it may look like Antonio Brown is walking out on a playoff-caliber team. But he's just the latest player to flex in the face of his NFL franchise (following Aaron Donald, Khalil Mack, Le’Veon Bell)—and he's winning this fight.
Joe Flacco’s trade to Denver creates questions across the NFL—who will back up Lamar Jackson in Baltimore? How does this impact Nick Foles and the QB market? What does this say about the quarterbacks in this year’s NFL draft?
Kliff Kingsbury might end up being the right man for the job in Arizona, but it’s hard to imagine the team was able to figure that out during the very small window of time they had to hire their new head coach.