Le’Veon Bell says Steelers won’t see him until Week 1 unless he gets long-term deal

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The Steelers aren’t going to see Le'Veon Bell until Week 1 unless the running back gets a long-term deal, but Bell said on Instagram Live that he is not sitting out the season.

Instead, Bell said he will follow what he did last year, skipping training camp before signing the franchise tag tender the week of the season opener.

“Honestly, no, I’m not going to sit out,” Bell said in the chat, via Joe Rutter of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “I’m going to be in the facility Week 1. It’s going to be a rerun of last year. I’m not going to camp. I’m not doing nothing else extra, OTAs, none of that.

“I’m going to strictly go to what I have to go to. I want to win every game. I want to have the best statistical career that I [possibly] can, so I want to play in every game that I can possibly play.”

The Steelers have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal with Bell. Otherwise, he will play under the one-year, $14.54 million tender.

“Hopefully, when it comes down to it, we won’t have to deal with [sitting out],” Bell said. “We’ll get a deal done. That’s the biggest thing. We want to get a deal done. . . . If not, I’ll handle it from there, but I definitely won’t be in camp. It’s basically a rerun of last year.”

66 responses to “Le’Veon Bell says Steelers won’t see him until Week 1 unless he gets long-term deal

  1. They will do what they did last year, run him into the ground, assuming he stays healthy. 400+ touches is not sustainable. He’s going to be used up before he’s 29.

  2. I want so bad to know what Steelers are offering and what Bell wants. If he wants some crazy amount they should trade him to the browns for a bag of balls and a Gatorade cooler

  3. So the Steelers get a running back with fresh legs for week one every season and all they have to do is not give him a long term contract. What a deal!

  4. He is a spoiled brat. As if he deserves 159% of what every other running back makes. Can you imagine if any other position player demanded to be paid significantly more than anyone else in the league at his position? It’s not as if he’s the offensive player of the year.

  5. The Steelers aren’t signing him long-term because paying a RB $17 million + a year isn’t conducive to being a perennial Super Bowl team. To say it is because of his attitude is flat out wrong, NFL teams don’t care how you are as a person when you produce at the level he does.

  6. this could be the last year he will be tagged. next season they will simply allow him to enter free agency, especially if the Steelers do not go to the big dance with him.

  7. I don’t blame him. RB is a thankless position that puts an extreme toll on the body average career is 2.57 years…people are also quick to forget these guys get paid per game And the bonuses serve as motivation to get them to and through OTAs

    He has 1541 (321 rec) touches in 5 seasons…dude deserves more of a guarantee than 1 seasons pay. He’s getting close to falling off the 1800 carry cliff…(look it up)

  8. Mike Tomlin’s failed leadership is seriously tarnishing the brand. Is there a Rooney young enough to care anymore?

  9. kingcheese says:
    March 7, 2018 at 10:58 pm
    I want so bad to know what Steelers are offering and what Bell wants. If he wants some crazy amount they should trade him to the browns for a bag of balls and a Gatorade cooler

    ————————
    You are not getting that Gatorade cooler.

  10. Pick up a free agent RB and draft another one. When he walks in the door to sign the tag, tell him he is a free agent. Sick of the prima donna act. NO RB is worth what he is asking.

  11. The Steelers do business how they do business. They, typically, don’t put any single player’s contract above the welfare of the team and it’s ability to be succesfull long-term. I don’t think it’s easy as it looks when some say ‘just pay him’, because they have a salary cap to deal with (of which they are always staring at the limit) and they have other positions on the team that need to be filled or fixed and all those guys want their $, too. It’s not to say Bell doesn’t deserve a bonkers contract, but by tagging him he’s gauranteed $14.5 mill; that isn’t chump change and it may not be that far off from the amount he’s asking for in the form of a long-term deal. If he’s a golfer it’s just him and that’s it. But, being a part of a team requires looking at a bigger picture and to be willing to accept something that might be slightly different than what one thinks is deserving.

    Don’t be surprised if this happens all over again next season (see Kirk Cousins). And by the end of the ride he still won’t get what he thinks he should when he finally signs with someone else because he’ll be on the downside of his career and teams won’t pay big for that. Meanwhile, the Steelers will find a way to compete with him or without him.

  12. What people fail to realize is he does the job of two players as he’s the best rb in the league and the teams 2nd best reciever (85 catches). Pay him for being the best rb in the league and your 2nd best wr, 15 mill per season is a deal.

  13. Very few players over the years have actually had a legitimate reason for holding out and letting a contract dispute keep them out of training camp, but Bell is one of them. He is a game changer and should be paid like one. He is the type of player that can’t be replaced by any free agent or some rookie coming out of the draft.

  14. Todd Gurley: 2.31m
    David Johnson: 704k
    Kareem Hunt: 555k
    Alvin Kamara: 685k

    LeVeon Bell: 14.1m, asking for more…after ranking 24th with a 4.0 ypc behind what is generally considered an above average offensive line.

    He’s getting used up. One more year as a workhorse and he’ll be finished. After DeMarco Murray, will anybody pay him when the Steelers let him walk next year?

  15. Not sure if the Steelers only draft drama queens, or if Trip turns them into one. Either way this team is a dumpster fire of selfishness and bad decisions.

  16. This actually works out well for the Steelers as him sitting out puts less wear and tear on his body. Running backs don’t need a preseason. The Steelers are also quietly paying value for only his productive years. It’s a smart move by them. The tag on Bell for two years gives then 2/25 with no dead money and they’ll move on and gain a compensatory draft pick.

  17. In other words, we will come hobbling out of the gate with Ben throwing 50 times a game.
    Leveon should at least practice but sit out the preseason games so he doesn’t stink it up the first few games like he did last season.

  18. Hes smart. He’s NOT under contract until he signs. The Steelers are saying it’s a business and not a game, he agrees. He is not negotiating, he’s telling them exactly what he’s doing ad if they are willing to modify the terms, he’s then willing to talk. Most of us dont have leverage at work but when the grounds are even like you buying a car, you can show up on a Sunday at 8 PM on the last day of the month and you can be atient and watch them squirm.

  19. Wow. This front office is a dumpster fire! Top ten player in the league and can’t get the deal done?! He’s playing them like a fiddle. He’s going to break the bank!..or is that only talk that we use for the Redskins? Sounds alot like the same thing except that Bell isn’t asking to be the highest paid player ever.

  20. mysterytonite says:
    March 8, 2018 at 1:07 am
    What people fail to realize is he does the job of two players as he’s the best rb in the league and the teams 2nd best reciever (85 catches). Pay him for being the best rb in the league and your 2nd best wr, 15 mill per season is a deal.

    ———

    What a crock. The combination of Dion Lewis and James White had more yards rushing, more receptions and more TDs for a fraction of what Bell wants to be paid. Only a moron would pay Bell $14.5M per year. And only a bigger moron would not gladly accept $14.5M.

  21. devantelewis33 says:
    March 7, 2018 at 10:30 pm
    Steelers pay the man what he deserves!
    —————————————
    Steelers offered him 12mil per year for 4 years. That’s 4mil per year more than any other RB in the league. He still won’t sign. This ain’t on the Steelers.
    Bell has become a diva and wants to be paid like a WR. Steelers should tag him this year and release him next year if he wants to act that way.

  22. He will play for Steelers and then hit FA with 800+ touches on his body after the Steelers 2-year rental plan. Clearly he has a number in mind he wants, and the Steelers will not budge and neither will he so next year he will hit FA and play elsewhere.

    Please no longer right stories about Leveon Bell because there is no story, what I just said it what is going to happen.

  23. If the Steelers get the ILR or S they like in the first round and in a draft full of quality RBs one drops to them in the 2nd, Steelers could take him and rescind the tag on Bell and use the $14.5M on the free agent market to fill other holes.

  24. Bell continues to prove what a worthless professional he is – he has no class and he is a constant whiner and distraction. He should be shipped out and replaced. He isn’t as talented as claimed and he is a documented cancer. Selfish punk.

  25. Won’t come to work for $14 million. Nice. And when he does show he’s apparently more worried about good stats than winning. Guys like this make me not want to watch NFL football much more than the anthem kneelers.

  26. he’ll get paid 14.5 million and he isn’t happy, and he won’t put in the work other players are putting in for less money. Talented on not why do these teams put up with this ???

  27. Notice how many times he says the word “I”… This is not a guy I’d want to have as a teammate. Money and stats. That’s what’s matters to him.

  28. pastabelly says: “Running backs don’t need a preseason.”
    ——————–

    Except that Steelers have a new OC running a different offense.

    Randy Fichtner had more up-tempo offense in Memphis and running the no-huddle, something Roethlisburger had been pushing Haley for years.

    Also different is the run game. Haley preferred inside zone, which plays to Bell’s strength for patience. However, Fichtner at Memphis had run plays featuring pulling guards and gap blocking (power runs like sweeps, counters, etc.)

  29. Steelers already starting out on the wrong foot and it’s only March. What a joke of a team! At least they don’t have to play NE or Jacksonv….UH OH.

  30. He doesn’t need camp and is better off without it given all of his touches during the season.

  31. The guy who has given his employer only 2 complete seasons out of his 5 in the league is using further absence as leverage?

    Perspective, people – he’s not worth it. Steelers have won SBs without him. Look at all the other great teams of the last decade – they don’t get hung up on any players who aren’t franchise QBs.

    If I’m the Steelers, I make an offer and that’s it. He wants to sit for the season or another team wants to trade for him, so be it. Draft the best RB you can this year and move on.

  32. “I want to have the best statistical career that I [possibly] can, so I want to play in every game that I can possibly play.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    This is probably a main reason Pittsburgh won’t give him a long term deal. He is only about himself and either does not understand the concept of a team or he just feels like he alone is the reason for their success. There is no arguing/negotiating with someone that delusional or stupid. Guys with that attitude that have received a long term deal in the past have promptly stopped trying and sat on their butts while getting paid. I would draft a stud RB in the draft. If he signs the tender after that, trade him. If not cut him on the pair down to 53 and let him try and find a spot once everybody has the majority of their money spent. The steelers can treat that $14M as dead money temporarily and then it would go into the pot to be pushed forward to augment next year’s cap. Another option is to let him play his stupid game and literally run him into the ground next season.

  33. Now, before everyone starts crucifying Bell – the Steelers started this by tagging him last year. This put him at a very high number – it set his “value” at over $12 mil per year. Yes – he & his handlers (remember, it’s not just Bell on his own, someone is whispering bad advice in his ear) are delusional about what he can/will be paid.

    THEY foolishly turned down a ~$12 mil/year deal last year. Now he thinks the team will offer MORE than that? No way. But this isn’t just on him, remember – his agent (or someone) is giving him terrible advice.

    As others have said, RB is a thankless, brutal position and most backs have very short careers these days. He’s willing to play for a high number this year where they will run him into the ground and then let him go after the season. He’s not going to get close to $12 mil as a free agent next off season.

    He could have signed for over $40 mil guaranteed – he’s never going to make that number up. I think it’s pretty sad in some ways. It’s not just about greed on the player’s part – it’s a player without financial experience getting bad advice.

    It’s bad advice because they’re holding out for an unrealistic offer (which isn’t coming – they wouldn’t have tagged him if they thought they could agree on a deal) and because it puts him in an adversarial light with many fans.

  34. silverandblack052099 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 1:51 am
    Very few players over the years have actually had a legitimate reason for holding out and letting a contract dispute keep them out of training camp, but Bell is one of them. He is a game changer and should be paid like one. He is the type of player that can’t be replaced by any free agent or some rookie coming out of the draft.
    ————————————————————-
    You know, I agree for the most part. He IS a special player: great runner, great receiver. Unfortunately the tag has put him to a very high number that he shouldn’t expect per year. He should’ve signed the deal offered to him last year, which was VERY generous and WAS representative of his value to the team, and what a special player he is.

    And I say this as a Browns fan – I hate the Steelers, but Bell’s camp is really screwing this up for him. A lot of long term money has been left on the table that won’t show up again next off season.

  35. hksteelerfan says:
    March 7, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Can you imagine if any other position player demanded to be paid significantly more than anyone else in the league at his position?
    ———————-

    I think they call those players quarterbacks.

  36. Bell is not a break away runner to the end zone, he has trouble on third and short downs with line stacked. He has not done well in red zone runs. Let him run his mouth and not show up just hurts in in the long run, Steelers stepped up and offered a ton of money and he wants to call them as the bad guys. Typical players in the NFL today that feel they are bigger than the game its self. Bell needs to step back and look at the players that were left out in the cold wanting more money than deserved and still want the media to feel they can play.

  37. mysterytonite says:
    What people fail to realize is he does the job of two players as he’s the best rb in the league and the teams 2nd best reciever (85 catches). Pay him for being the best rb in the league and your 2nd best wr, 15 mill per season is a deal.

    nhpats says:
    What a crock. The combination of Dion Lewis and James White had more yards rushing, more receptions and more TDs for a fraction of what Bell wants to be paid. Only a moron would pay Bell $14.5M per year. And only a bigger moron would not gladly accept $14.5M.
    ===

    Game, set, match to nhpats — and it wasn’t even close.

  38. When the Patriots demolished the Steelers in the AFC championship, Bell had an awesome 6 carries for a fantastic 20 yards. That’s exactly the type of player you want to give $15 million a year. Do it, Steelers! It’s consistent with all the time and $$$$ you wasted on Little Ben, the Garbage Time King.

  39. This will be Bell’s last year in Pitt. If I was a Steelers’ fan (which I definitely am not) I think I would be ok with that.

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