I really don't think he cares about losing fans, and I can lump 90% of players into that category. As to his teammates yeah there were some that were not publicly pleased, and honestly I think that was a bit unfair but that's a different debate. As to reports I take them with a grain of salt at best. It only takes one team and with the obscene amount of cap space out there so I think the gamble will pay off.Yes, he wanted out of Pitt, but don't kid yourself, his main focus was trying to not get hurt in an attempt to secure a large payday with max guaranteed money (that Pitt most likely would not offer). The only way he "wins" in this scenario is if he does get hurt and the guaranteed money comes into play; otherwise he's not going to be able to recover what he gave up in 2018. Yes, it was a business decision that players understand - they like it when someone else takes that gamble - however, even his ex-teammates were not happy with his behavior. It's primarily about winning, yes, but sports is entertainment and he's certainly lost a large number of fans over this.
Relative to what has been reported on what he is expecting - $16-$17M per year, $40M guaranteed; most reports I've read says that is unrealistic. Most likely less than $15M per year (most likely only $12-13M), and maybe $25-$30M guaranteed (double the yearly average). He would already have been the highest paid RB in the league at $14.5M for the year (Gurley now at $15M). He's only 27 . . . but he's had a lot of touches early in his career, not good for the longevity of an RB.
One side note, I hate the franchise tag. The player signs a contract and plays out that deal but the team still can basically force the guy to extend for 2 more years. OK I get the money part but maybe the player wants out of city, or not a fan of the staff. And don't get me started on loyalty. A player can sign a 4-5 years deal but gets cut in year 2 because of cap issues or some other BS. See Matt Bryant in Atlanta. Ownership in the NFL has shown they have no loyalty, its business but for the player it's different? Rant over