Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has been putting big numbers on the boards for his first three seasons in the NFL. Since being drafted out of Michigan State in 2013, he’s averaged 4.3 rushing yards per carry and have 2777 total under his belt, 9.1 receiving yards per game and 1389 total, and has 22 touchdowns in 35 games played. Plus, he leads the NFL with 119 yards from scrimmage for all three years that he’s been in the league.
But his stats don’t seem to reflect his paycheck. That’s because he’s going into the final year of his rookie contract this upcoming 2016 season, when he is only slated to net $1,311,100. According to Spotrac, he will be the NFL’s 45th-highest paid running back come next season. With high-profile running backs like the Vikings’ Adrian Peterson, who will get $14 million for the 2016 season, and the Chiefs’ Jamaal Charles, who is set to receive $9,050,000 next season, Bell has much to gripe about his value compared to the guys that sit at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots for the highest paid backs in the NFL, respectively.
Whether he cites humility or hubris for believing he deserves more than what he’s getting, Bell has been channeled his feelings via his rap alter ego Juice in his new song called “Focus.” Bell raps about wanting $15 million per year for his next contract in the line “I’m at the top and if not I’m the closest, I’ma need 15 a year and they know this.”
He clearly has the skills as leverage to get more bills for his next contract negotiation. But to see if he has rap skills, you can be the judge hearing Juice let loose on “Focus” below.