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Back in 2018, three-time Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell caused quite a stir in the NFL when he refused to sign a franchise tag with the Pittsburgh Steelers, refused to attend any team activities, and ultimately sat out the entire season after contract negotiations stalled with the Pittsburgh Steelers. And it sounds like he has some regrets about the whole situation.

During an appearance on the Steel Here podcast with Jersey Jerry and Kevin Adams this week, Le’Veon Bell opened up about his contract dispute with the Steelers. He revealed that the source of the conflict was the amount of guaranteed money in the deal.

But even though the Steelers did not give him the contract he wanted, he admits that the whole dispute was “a little petty” and that he could have just signed with the team anyway.

“It was like a little petty, the guarantee stuff . . . I’m thinking could I have just ate it? Yeah, I probably could’ve, yeah, I probably could’ve really ate it,” Bell said on the podcast, according to audacy.com.

After sitting out the entire 2018 season, Bell signed with the New York Jets ahead of the 2019 season, but he never looked like the same dominant running back for the rest of his career.