Mike Tomlin “not comfortable” with Le’Veon Bell unsigned

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin wishes Le'Veon Bell would get into camp.

Asked if he’s comfortable that the Steelers’ unsigned franchise running back will get a deal done with the team in time to be ready for Week One, Tomlin said he’s not comfortable at all.

“I’m not. I’m not comfortable,” Tomlin said. “I think it would be naïve to be comfortable. If somebody is not here working and developing in the formal ways that we subscribe, then there are potential consequences for that. Consequences for him individually. There are consequences for us collectively. So, no I’m not [comfortable].”

Tomlin said he and Bell still get along just fine.

“We don’t have any problem talking on a variety of subjects: This season, his level of preparation, what’s going on here, what needs to transpire here,” Tomlin said. “But also on a personal level. He’s a father, he’s got a daughter, his life is changing in a lot of ways from that perspective. I enjoy the personal relationships I have with guys. We’re not only talking about the elephant in the room – his contractual situation – but our relationship continues to move in a manner it has moved since we drafted him.”

Now Tomlin just wants to see Bell sign on the dotted line and get to camp.

28 responses to “Mike Tomlin “not comfortable” with Le’Veon Bell unsigned

  1. I don’t understand what Bell wants. There can be no more negotiations, so it’s a take it or leave it situation. If all he wants to do is skip training camp, why doesn’t he just say so? It would save a lot of hand-wringing from everybody.

    But he has to play. If he doesn’t he loses a ton of money and Pittsburgh will simply franchise him again next year, restarting the cycle. In that regard this all seems pointless.

  2. He passed up a contract that would have paid him 4M more than DeVonta Freeman. I understand getting your value recognized but he will regret not signing that contract. And if he does have a good year they will tag him again and he has no more security than the 14M in the next tag…dude either has a horrible rep or is backing to getting high.

  3. What happened to coachspeak, “I’m gonna coach and work with the players that ARE here”

    Who would be comfortable w/o the 2nd best back in the league? How is he gonna get to the playoffs and lose without him?

  4. They are decidedly average without him. However with their pillow-soft schedule they should be okay.

  5. Trip Tomlin is a guy who has made an art form of talking a lot without really saying anything.

    Bell is going to be back for game 1 regular season – why should he come back any quicker? All this passive-aggressive crying from teammates and coaches/owners isn’t going to have any effect when you have zero accountability in the locker room.

    Bell is the guy who runs that offence, and everyone knows it.

  6. “Bell doesn’t care about what Tomlin or anyone else thinks. He cares about getting high.”

    What a silly statement. I’ve known many people who smoked weed and care quite a lot about work and everything else in their life. If he was drinking beer would you say he only cared about being drunk? No of course not.

  7. There can be negotiations, only a one year deal not a long term one…so maybe know what ur talking about?

    Also the 16 people that liked ur post…hahaha

    Bell wants to be paid like he should, they refused to sign him to a big money long term deal, so he’s holding out. No he can’t get a 5 year deal at this point, but he can get more then the franchise tag for this year, and let the Steelers and the fans know how much the offense needs him, aka gain leverage.

  8. steelerfan587543 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:05 am
    I don’t understand what Bell wants. There can be no more negotiations, so it’s a take it or leave it situation. If all he wants to do is skip training camp, why doesn’t he just say so? It would save a lot of hand-wringing from everybody.

    But he has to play. If he doesn’t he loses a ton of money and Pittsburgh will simply franchise him again next year, restarting the cycle. In that regard this all seems pointless.
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    The real leverage is that the Steelers don’t have Bell’s services for up to 10 weeks this season. He can report in after week10 and still accrue a league year, pushing his next franchise tender to close to $15 million. I don’t see how this is a win for the team and it’s real leverage for Bell.

  9. Bell is just doing what most employees would do when they don’t think their employer is paying them what they think they’re worth. He’s going to put in less work, the level of effort he thinks is worth what they’re paying him. And he’s going to do everything he can to minimize the possibility of injury.

  10. We don’t have any problem talking on a variety of subjects
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    HA- can you just imagine THAT conversation? Ebonics and whatever that is that Tomlin is speaking. I believe that they do talk on a variety of subjects because neither one knows what the other is saying.

  11. Bell will play the full season but put just enough effort to show his abilities but not get hurt so he can make it to the big pay day

  12. steelerfan587543 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:05 am
    I don’t understand what Bell wants. There can be no more negotiations, so it’s a take it or leave it situation. If all he wants to do is skip training camp, why doesn’t he just say so? It would save a lot of hand-wringing from everybody.

    But he has to play. If he doesn’t he loses a ton of money and Pittsburgh will simply franchise him again next year, restarting the cycle. In that regard this all seems pointless.
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    That isn’t quite true. There can be no more negotiations on a contract that goes beyond this year but the terms he plays under in ’17 are open to negotiation. In addition to more salary they can add incentives, insurance against injury and agreement not to reapply the tag. As long as Bell shows up by week 10 he gets credit for playing a tagged year, meaning if they tag him again it would be a 2nd tagged year he would get an even bigger bump and be that much closer to FA without risking the injury exposure of a 16 game season.

  13. Bell is not worth more to the team than the franchise tag salary they offered him. His history of injuries alone makes him a huge risk. He can sit out as long as he wants as Connor will make fans forget about Le’Veon. The front office is well aware that Bell’s options really are to make zero or the franchise tag offer this year.

  14. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    steelerfan587543 says:
    August 11, 2017 at 7:05 am
    I don’t understand what Bell wants. There can be no more negotiations, so it’s a take it or leave it situation. If all he wants to do is skip training camp, why doesn’t he just say so? It would save a lot of hand-wringing from everybody.

    But he has to play. If he doesn’t he loses a ton of money and Pittsburgh will simply franchise him again next year, restarting the cycle. In that regard this all seems pointless.
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    That isn’t quite true. There can be no more negotiations on a contract that goes beyond this year but the terms he plays under in ’17 are open to negotiation. In addition to more salary they can add incentives, insurance against injury and agreement not to reapply the tag. As long as Bell shows up by week 10 he gets credit for playing a tagged year, meaning if they tag him again it would be a 2nd tagged year he would get an even bigger bump and be that much closer to FA without risking the injury exposure of a 16 game season.

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    That isn’t right either. He’s be tagged. He can’t even negotiate what he will be paid this year as the number is set as an average of something like the top 5 salaries plus 20% or something like that. The only way he loses money is if he holds out past week 10 I believe it is. If you go past week 10 you lose that season towards FA.

    He could sign the night before week 10 game and he is fully gauranteed his Franchise Tag pay.

  15. snake19whodey says:
    August 11, 2017 at 8:41 am
    De-conditioning an already injury prone running back.
    Thank You
    -AFC North

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    as if any one of the other 3 teams in that division has a chance. smh

  16. Dude isn’t even under contract, if he can avoid training camp and stay fresh, so be it. He’ll show up right before Labor Day, sign his tender and get after it. Everyone needs to calm down.

  17. He’s a top 2 back in the league. He’s leveraging for a long-term contract and honestly, Tomlin talking about Le’Veon’s life changes and growth only furthers the tailbacks cause. Whether he’s working out with the team or working out on his own, he will come in, be in shape and instantly boost that offense. He is a professional who wants security just like every other person in the workforce, he should be rewarded for his blood, sweat, tears and ability.

  18. We always get annoyed when coaches say “I can only talk about the players who are here.” This is why they do it… when you start answering the questions, they will keep asking the questions.

  19. agbnewfoundlaw says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:38 am
    commentawaitingdeletion says:
    August 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    That isn’t quite true. There can be no more negotiations on a contract that goes beyond this year but the terms he plays under in ’17 are open to negotiation. In addition to more salary they can add incentives, insurance against injury and agreement not to reapply the tag. As long as Bell shows up by week 10 he gets credit for playing a tagged year, meaning if they tag him again it would be a 2nd tagged year he would get an even bigger bump and be that much closer to FA without risking the injury exposure of a 16 game season.

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    That isn’t right either. He’s be tagged. He can’t even negotiate what he will be paid this year as the number is set as an average of something like the top 5 salaries plus 20% or something like that.
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    You need to do a little more research. Teams have sweetened tag deals in the past with promises not to re-tag, bonuses, incentives and insurance. But don’t take my word for it, you can start with an article right here at PFT from 2 days ago that said “…the Steelers can sweeten the terms of the one-year offer, with more salary or a signing bonus or incentives or anything. They also can promise not to tag him again next year as an inducement to get him to show up.”

  20. He’s letting them know he’s not happy with their offer. Tomlinson has gone from I don’t want to talk about who isn’t here to now I don’t feel comfortable w/o bell here. It’s all smoke being blown up bell’s but to try and get Him to come in through media butt kissing. He will be there come Reg season but he will not be doing the team any favors by coming in until he has to. The team exercised its leverage and now bell in kind will, and should, return the favor.

  21. With Ben playing the Brett faces game he all but gave bell all the leverage he needed. The Steelers want to go all in this year and they car without bell. They missed their window but they still can give him more this year in addition to thw 12.1 tag and a promise not to franchise.

    As far as what does he think he’s worth? Well for one he is the 1st or 2nd best rb in the league. 2, he is the second best receiver on the team l, so he essentially does two players jobs and wants to him rb recognized for it.

    Bell can hold out up to ten games and still get an accrued year. No Way the Steelers can afford to miss him For that amounts of time. Bell is playing this thing perfectly and now Tomlin is starting to lose it. It’s also real easy to make these snarky passive aggressive comments in the media from the coach and players but they have already gotten paid.

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