Report: Le’Veon Bell and Aaron Donald could skip minicamps

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Odell Beckham has shown up, but two other stars looking for new contracts could be skipping minicamps this week.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell and Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald aren’t considered locks to show up their respective teams’ mandatory sessions this week.

Bell has been franchise-tagged and hasn’t signed his tender, while Donald’s simply hoping for a new deal. The Rams have picked up the 2018 option worth around $6.9 million, as he’s still working on his rookie contract.

The Rams have negotiated with Donald, and he could still show up. But while negotiating, it’s at least worth the threat of withholding services to prove a point, even if he appears.

Players under contract who skip minicamps are subject to up to $80,405 in fines if they miss all three days. Bell, because he’s not signed, faces no financial consequence if he doesn’t show.

14 responses to “Report: Le’Veon Bell and Aaron Donald could skip minicamps

  1. With Bells injury history i see no problem with this… just like last year his 3 games off helped Pitt to keep him fresh and he came back stronger then ever…

    Im sure Mr. Conner doesnt mind some extra work before the season!!

  2. Business is business. Skipping OTA’s is one thing, minicamp is another. Donald is under contract for this year and next, he has zip for leverage and should be there, Bell should not. Outside of rookie camp where they can sign insured riders for participating any established player without a signed contract that participates in camp is taking an unacceptable risk.

  3. He skipped the AFCCG too…..but rest assured, he will be ready when the Steelers need him t o pad his stats against the Browns!

  4. nhpats says:
    Jun 12, 2017 11:11 AM
    He skipped the AFCCG too…..but rest assured, he will be ready when the Steelers need him t o pad his stats against the Browns!
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    Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    He’s one of these guys that looks great on paper, when push comes to shove you can’t rely on him as a teammate. He misses time every year for some garbage reason.

  5. censoryoverload01 says:
    Jun 12, 2017 10:57 AM
    Bell sure seems to be a pain in the arse. His name is always somewhere.

    Tends to be the case when you are being called best at your position.. everything you do is under a spot light… its not a big deal… illegal actions is the only time its a big deal

  6. Steelers have three contracts they’re working on right now, Alejandro Villanueva and Stephen Tuitt being the others. Unlike recent years, this year the Steelers can afford to pay all three of them. They’ll get there, lots of time. I don’t care what the troll clowns say, I really like the way this Steelers team is shaping up.

    Go Steelers!

  7. Both have their reasons and while fans of their respective teams might not like it, it makes sense.

    Donald is arguably the best DT in the game right now and has outperformed his deal. The downside to this is the Rams stink and he really isn’t affecting their w/l.

    Bell is a much more interesting scenario. He’s made no secret he wants money and although he has done just about everything to undermine his attempt to get more money (2 suspensions, injuries) , he is still one of the elite rb’s in the league. The Steelers want him to play on the franchise tag to see if he will focus and give them a fully committed season before they invest a long term deal. Bell is using his leverage to try and get that deal now.

    People may argue that he has no leverage but I disagree. First, their is the franchise qb himming and hawing over retirement this offseason, so that immediately puts the window of opportunity into focus. Secondly, if this team wants a legit shot at New England they will have to have all cogs healthy and moving at the same time. When healthy and active, there isn’t a better offense in the league. The sad part is that due to various reasons, mostly knucklheadeddry, this team hasn’t played together at full strength. So what better reason to play hardball then right now for Bell?

  8. He skipped the AFCCG too…..but rest assured, he will be ready when the Steelers need him t o pad his stats against the Browns!

    Another ignorant post from a troll chomping at the bit to trash the Steelers. Had Bell not played as he did the Steelers wouldn’t have made it as far. If you going to troll at least try to appear smart in your comments….so far you are a miserable failure.

  9. ———————
    Couldn’t have said it better myself.
    He’s one of these guys that looks great on paper, when push comes to shove you can’t rely on him as a teammate. He misses time every year for some garbage reason.

    Great on paper? Do you ever even watch a game or are you just spitting back the scraps you gleaned at the water cooler……dumb dumb dumb.

  10. Bell puts up big numbers during the regular season but can never finish the year. He’s a huge distraction and a giant disappointment season after season. Just like Little Ben. So tell me, why are these two so valuable when they only add to the massive dysfunction plaguing this team?

  11. If the Steelers need a big game in week 3 against a bad team, Bell will definitely be ready to carry the load.

    Playoff time? Sorry – he’ll be suspended, or have a stomach ache or some other mystery ailment.

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