Antonio Brown to Le’Veon Bell: Showing up can make things better

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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has shown no signs of backing down from his pledge to stay away from the team for a second straight offseason as long as he doesn’t have a long-term contract and the lack of progress toward a deal means it’s likely to be a while before he’s back with the club.

One of Bell’s teammates is suggesting a different course of action. Wide receiver Antonio Brown spent a couple of years trying to get a long-term deal, but never held out while getting a couple of small adjustments to his deal before landing a full extension last year.

“Well, the first rule of getting better is showing up,” Brown said, via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “You can’t make anything better without showing up. So I think if you show up, I think everyone will understand where you want to be. That you wants to be here not just this year but for years to come. Come out here and show up, show you want to get better and show guys you’re serious.”

While Brown thinks that showing up could lead to the deal that Bell wants with the Steelers, he’s not worried that the running back’s absence will hurt him on the field. Bell finished third in rushing after reporting to work before the first game of the season last year and Brown said he has not doubt his teammate will be “physically ready” come September.

The running back and the Steelers have until July 16 to work out an extension. If not, Bell will be set to make $14.5 million under the terms of his second straight franchise tag.

30 responses to “Antonio Brown to Le’Veon Bell: Showing up can make things better

  1. Hey stat guys, lets do yards per million including his receiving yards and see how that compares to other top ten RB. My prediction he is closer to 10 than he is to 1

  2. A rare example of both the team and player doing the right thing.

    The team knows his wheels will come off in a year or two, and don’t want to commit long term.

    The player knows his wheels will come off in a season or two and wants financial security now.

  3. I get what Brown is trying to say but at the same time if something happened to tear while being out there I don’t think the Steelers would be rushing to give Bell anywhere near the type of contract he’s asking for.

  4. It has worked out well for Bell so far staying away. The end game is a lot closer now as he gets into a similar position that forced Washington to let him go. The close you get, the easier it is. As others have pointed out, showing up for OTAs or even signing that tender makes no sense.

  5. 2since96 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 4:59 pm
    A rare example of both the team and player doing the right thing.

    The team knows his wheels will come off in a year or two, and don’t want to commit long term.

    The player knows his wheels will come off in a season or two and wants financial security now.

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    thing is, the steelers offered him long-term security last year and he balked.

  6. vikings1234 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm
    This club has so much drama, second only to NE.

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    They also have one more SB than NE and I give them credit for that. The Vikings, not so much.

  7. Brown would be smart to remember that he got his first long term deal because Mike Wallace wouldn’t take the offer on the table. If you remember that deal was below what Wallace got from the Dolphins or the Vikings and bellow market value for a receiver of his potential at the time.

    Now things obviously worked out for the Steelers as Wallace proved to not be worth it and Brown certainly is and was rewarded for it with another extension shortly there after, but initially Brown didn’t have to play on anything less than a long term deal.

    Not only that but he wanted it renegotiated, twice.

    So please stop trying to act like you’ve been a good teammate AB and stick to recording your coach on FB before playoff games. It’s more believable then this new act you’re trying to run.

  8. Bell will show up, play well, but be banged up in the playoffs. Some stupid team will sign him, he’ll be washed up by 28. Then, when he’s about 32 & never came close to a Super Bowl, he’ll say he wished he could’ve been in one. He needs to talk to guys like TOwens & Ocho about me-first attitudes. Same result w/ those guys.

  9. grant35 says:
    May 23, 2018 at 6:42 pm
    Bell will show up, play well, but be banged up in the playoffs. Some stupid team will sign him, he’ll be washed up by 28. Then, when he’s about 32 & never came close to a Super Bowl, he’ll say he wished he could’ve been in one. He needs to talk to guys like TOwens & Ocho about me-first attitudes. Same result w/ those guys.

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    Except Owens did play in a SB….and played hit butt off. He was the best player on the Eagles that day.

  10. P.S. It’s not a “holdout” when you’re not signed. That’s also why he isn’t fined.

  11. When did Brown grow up and become mature and rational? A year ago he was on Facebook live in the locker room. The year before he tried to get Brandon Marshall to bet his car. Plenty of divas up there.

  12. Trip Tomlin sure is running a tight ship over there. He must be nearing a BB-level of control to never have any drama or controversy with his players.

  13. Wow! When one of the most self-centered players disses you, you know you aren’t much of a man.

  14. Indicative of a program in trouble. Ben taking shots at draft picks… taking shots at probowl players how move to other teams in order to play. Not giving their workhorse a contract.

    Not to mention they get a purple participation ribbon every year for being in the league. Who would want to play for these guys?

    Change… it is a coming P-burgh. It is coming.

  15. Now the dancing clown is patronizing the big spoiled overrated diva? How nice. How quickly they forget when they were on the same field together, getting their heads handed to them by NE and Jacksonville.

  16. My prediction. Bell shows up when he has to to sign deal. Misses all training camp and preseason, like last year. Takes at least four games to get up to speed, like last year. Catches up and has a fantastic year after the season is one quarter under way, like last year. Fast forward to end of season, Bell’s demands are to high and the Steelers simply cannot justify paying him what he wants. Another team ante’s up and pays Bell what he wants as a free agent, limiting the ability to sign other talent because of his high number. Bell has one or two mediocre years with new team because the doesn’t have the offensive line, quarterback and all the other talent to shine like he did in Pittsburgh. Bell is cut after two years, out of the league, but still on the books for large cap space… Just an unbiased opinion. Seen this dance before…

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