Limited Kids Johnny Hekker Jersey Tom Brady’s first half in Super Bowl 51 was a bust. As a result, he’ll need to lead a historic rally to win a fifth championship.
Brady’s first-half stats — 15 for 25 (60 percent), 179 yards — look decent on the surface, but he missed open receivers and, most importantly, threw a pick-six to Robert Alford that gave the Falcons a 21-0 lead. He also was sacked twice and was often jittery in the pocket.
The biggest question for the Steelers moving forward is what to do with Le’Veon Bell. When he’s healthy, Bell is the best running back in the NFL, and his impact on the Steelers is gigantic.
When Bell was injured early in the AFC championship game, the Steelers’ offense simply did not function the same. But Bell also has massive red flags surrounding him. He already has had two knee injuries in a four-year career. He is ridden into the ground by the coaching staff. He has been dinged for drug test failure. That combination generally is a disaster once a running back is signed to a long-term contract.
The Steelers will have two options. They can use the franchise tag on Bell and commit around $12.5 million on the cap to him for 2017 … or they can sign him to a long-term contract with a much lower cap charge.
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Because of the way the Steelers do contracts, which contain only signing bonuses as guarantees, their protection levels in the event of drug suspensions or even injury are much lower than other teams. That can make any contract risky. The NFL market for runners has shrunk in recent years, but Bell should command around $10 million a season and close to a $20 million signing bonus.