Hindsight is 20/20, but Le'Veon Bell didn't need any additional perspective. He knew he was doing the right thing when he made his decision.
Last year, the superstar running back decided to pass up a $14 million franchise tender in order to sit back, relax, and wait until free agency. He avoided playing under the tag and sat out the entire 2018 season, ending his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now that the dust has settled, Bell wouldn't do anything differently.
Le'Veon Bell on regrets on sitting out the year: "The decision I made... I don't regret anything that happened. Who can I say if I played on a franchise tag, if I do get hurt, do I sit hear with the NY Jets with a beautiful deal?"— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) March 14, 2019
Bell got exactly what he wanted. Why would he second-guess himself?
Securing a deal with the Jets means it's all about the future now. If he did push through and play during the regular season for the Steelers, he could have run the risk of getting hurt and ended up the same way Earl Thomas did.
Thomas did secure a bag of his own, but the point remains-- there are real questions about his physical viability going forward.
Bell didn't get quite as much as he would've hoped for sucking up his pride and playing with the Jets, but $52.5 million is nothing to sneeze at.
He had a vacation for a full year and still got paid at the end of it. Sounds like a perfect scenario to me.