What you missed Wednesday, with Le'Veon Bell still holding out

06 September, 2018, 23:46 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • ‘One Person Doesn’t Make Or Break You:’ Steelers Prepare For Week One Without Le’Veon Bell

Drafted 48th overall in 2013, Bell is a two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler who has racked up almost 8,000 yards from scrimmage and 42 total touchdowns in 62 career games.

"I just felt confident that he was gonna come", center Maurkice Pouncey said Wednesday. Now when it's game time and you that you have $14 million looming out there, and you're still not here and your team really wants you here? Last season when Conner would get touches, his lack of burst really showed. After all, it is Week 1 in the National Football League and Bell showed up on the Sunday prior one year ago.

A source told ESPN that the Steelers have no plans to rescind Bell's tender, and league sources say a trade would be hard to execute because of Bell's position and teams' unwillingness to inherit a franchise-tagged player.

Bell and the Steelers are at a contractual impasse for the second year in a row. We're not anxious, they said. Team spokesman Burt Lauten said the club would not conduct talks with Bakari through the media, adding "if Adisa would like to talk further, he has the phone number to our offices".

Bell is unlikely to play in that game, and it's uncertain when he will return.

"We want to win a Super Bowl, no matter who's here", quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said. From a financial standpoint, there's little incentive for Bell to put his body on the line and potentially sacrifice a record deal next summer - and he knows he'll lose all support from Pittsburgh fans if he sits out the season. "Just man up and tell us what you're going to do", Pouncey said, per NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

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Samuels was one of the most dynamic receiving backs going into the 2018 draft, where the Steelers took him in the fifth round a year after taking Conner in the third.

The Steelers and Bell have failed to reach a long-term agreement in each of the past two summers.

Since then, Bell has continued to hold out from joining any team training camp sessions or preseason games.

It was pointed out to Bakari that he said earlier this year that he would follow the same blueprint as he did last season, when he reported ahead of Week 1. We know right now his days in Pittsburgh are precarious at best.

What started as a game of (franchise) tag by the Steelers has turned into a stare down with one of their superstars, one that could last longer than any of us ever imagined.

Tempers are hot, at least among some Steelers offensive players who have committed the cardinal sin of negatively commenting on a teammate's contract.


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