Maurkice Pouncey: If I were in Le’Veon Bell’s shoes I’d hold out too

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Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey doesn’t resent teammate Le'Veon Bell staying home while the rest of the team is sweating through August practices.

In fact, Pouncey says Bell is doing exactly what he should do, and exactly what Pouncey himself would do if in the same situation as Bell, who is facing playing the 2017 season for the one-year, $12.1 million franchise tender.

“People catch feelings about certain things. I think anybody in his situation would do the same exact thing. I would. We’ll see how things turn out. I’m pretty sure he’ll come in here and ball out like normal, things that Le’Veon does in the pass game and the running game,” Pouncey said, via ESPN.

Pouncey said he completely understands why Bell wants a lucrative long-term contract — and why the Steelers don’t want to give him what he wants.

“There’s a business part,” Pouncey said. “At the end of the day, it doesn’t look like it on [the team executives’] side because they sit up there in the office every single day. As a player, you try to go out there and get as much as you can. Especially with the things that Le’Veon has been through and the production he’s put on the football field, he deserves a big-time contract. Who in the NFL wouldn’t say that? At the end of the day, it’s a business. That’s why the Steelers are one of the greatest organizations in all of football. They know what they are doing upstairs. No one down here questions it.”

Bell is likely to sign the franchise tender and report to the Steelers within a week.

32 responses to “Maurkice Pouncey: If I were in Le’Veon Bell’s shoes I’d hold out too

  1. I can totally get that he would hold out. Makes perfect sense from a business perspective.

    What doesn’t make sense is that a dude that’s made of glass and has suspension issues thinks he should be worth anything more than he’s paid. I hope the Steelers move on from him next year frankly. He’s had I think one full season out of four? Not sure he’s worth the drama.

  2. Who wouldn’t say that? ME! I think he is one smoke away from a year suspension and he breaks easily. Those are facts. No reason to bring your emotions into a fact fight.

  3. I’m not saying leVeon is right and I’m not saying he’s wrong but I do know that I’d be second guessing myself if a Pouncey endorses my actions. #FreeHernandez

  4. “The things he’s been through” ie the constant stream of injuries and suspensions. Steelers are insane if they even come close to what this guy is asking. Let him hold out, most likely get hurt again when he comes back, and then he can see what the market is for himself next year.

  5. Look … Bell is stuck in a collective bargaining agreement that includes the Franchise Tender. From there it is all simple math and leverage. It frames the guarantees. It closes the market. It is what it is.

    His gripe is with the NFLPA. They boxed him in.

  6. Yeah except the Steeler’s made him a great offer that his agent agreed to and he said no thanks. He will never get the money he would have gotten in that contract. He was a fool to turn it down. RB’s just don’t get paid anymore.

  7. Bell is right when you look at production in the passing game he got about 1900 yd megatron got the same production and was rewarded with a 132million dollar contract 60, mill guaranteed.

  8. I don’t think this is really a holdout situation. Bell isn’t under contract and he’s doing what he’s allowed to do under the CBA. I don’t see an issue.

  9. Pittsburgh isn’t going to pay him crazy money when they know that someone like Deangelo Williams can put up similar numbers in that offense. They would be better off letting him walk…

  10. They say you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. Bell will go sign with the Patriots so Brady can win super bowls until he’s 50.

  11. Pouncey and his brother have no place to talk about any other player, considering that both of them spend more time in the training room with “injuries” than they do on the field.

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