Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Steelers teammates turn on Le'Veon Bell: 'He f--ked us'

Steelers teammates turn on Le'Veon Bell: 'He f--ked us'

Even if Bell is determined to get out of Pittsburgh and into some other team's pocketbook, he's only putting himself at a disadvantage by holding out into the regular season, because missing games means he has fewer opportunities to showcase himself to other teams that may be willing to pay him.

With Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell skipping Wednesday's team meeting and not showing up to Monday's practice, it's clear he's not planning on playing Week 1.

"What do you do?"

Steelers guard Ramon Foster didn't hold back when talking about Bell on Wednesday, telling reporters that Bell "doesn't give a damn".

"I just felt confident that he was gonna come", Pouncey said Wednesday, "But now that he didn't, obviously it's Le'Veon over the Steelers, and we're the Steelers and we're going to play as the Steelers".

Foster also added: "He's making seven times what I make, twice as much as Al (Villanueva) is making, and we're the guys who do it for him".

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But Tomlin doesn't have to be Bradshaw's kind of coach to win over the locker room. In a separate appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bakari said he and Bell want to know what Pittsburgh's plans are for the running back in regards to workload.

Drawing from my own NFL experiences and assessing Bell's current standing in this league, I think the three-time Pro Bowler has earned the right to receive a big payday - and sitting out until November 13 gives him the best opportunity to do that as a free agent next March.

Oh, and if you happen to own Bell or Conner in fantasy football, here's a little advice about how to handle the situation. Why let your agent say this? Certainly, we're going to hear more criticism (and defense) of Bell the longer this goes. Bell knows that an National Football League running back's career is short lived and wants to make as much money as possible. But when he still didn't show up, their patience ran out.

Conner promises to be a better backup to Bell than the Steelers had for Shazier, especially when Tyler Matakevich's shoulder injury forced them to sign Sean Spence off the street. With all of the touches he gets during the season he wants wide receiver money, but he stands to miss out on $852,941 each week that he's away from the team. However, the Steelers could always place the $14.54 million franchise tag on him again in 2019. We'll move on as a team.

Who will be out there on Sunday on the field with Roethlisberger still is somewhat of a gray area as Le'Veon Bell has yet to report and sign his franchise tender.

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