Le’Veon Bell should tell Antonio Brown to mind his own business

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The man who likes to say “business is booming” arguably should be minding his own business.

For the second straight year, Steelers receiver Antonio Brown is publicly imploring Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell to show up at a time when Bell isn’t even under contract with the team.

“Well, the first rule of getting better is showing up,” Brown said regarding Bell. “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.”

Last year, Brown waited until training camp to begin a public campaign to cajole Bell into showing up. The comments emerged as part of what seemed to be an effort by the team to get Bell to sign his franchise tender or risk the ire of the fan base.

Ultimately, Bell’s absence traces to the team’s decision to use the franchise tag for a second straight year. If the Steelers think he wants too much money, they should have let him hit the open market and signed him to a new deal once he realized that he had overestimated the demand for his services.

Instead, the Steelers restricted Bell’s ability to leave. And the chosen device gives Bell the ability to stay away until Labor Day, if he wants. It’s his only leverage, his only way to get the kind of long-term deal that he thinks he deserves.

So if Brown has concerns about Bell not being there, Brown shouldn’t be publicly (or privately) pressuring Bell to show up, where he’d perhaps tear an ACL. Brown should be pressuring the front office to take care of Bell the same way the front office has taken care of Brown. Twice.

30 responses to “Le’Veon Bell should tell Antonio Brown to mind his own business

  1. Maybe Bell should focus on being available for 16+ games because he’s already been suspended. Twice.

  2. No, Antonio Brown is saying that Bell needs to come camp because they have a new OC in Randy Fichtner and learn the new playbook. In previous years, Bell was already familiar with Todd Haley’s system and training camp/OTAs weren’t as critical.

  3. “Brown should be pressuring the front office to take care of Bell the same way the front office has taken care of Brown. Twice.” then Bell should be asking for a more reasonable sum for his stats, position, durability of the position, injury history, suspension history, etc.

  4. Brown showed up when he was underpaid. Bell is getting 5 mil more than hes worth for the second season in a row and is crying about it. Totally different situations.

  5. Brown is right, he knows first hand that the Steelers don’t negotiate with holdouts. Even though Bell isn’t technically under contract, he’s still holding out. He’s still not with the team. He’s still not learning the new playbook. He’s still not showing anyone that he’s dedicated to the team. He’s all about himself, and while that might get him paid on a long term deal next year from another team, it won’t get him paid from the Steelers.

  6. There is so much dissent on this team it’s unlikely they’ll ever make it to the playoffs in this decade. Certainly, going from a Superbowl wannabe to a one-and-done-only-team-to-get-a-bye-and-blow-it franchise has to sting. But the fallout is amazing. So much bitterness and tension between the players. And now Looney is running his big mouth about protesting the anthem when this overprivileged entitled brat has never had to deal with police brutality in his sheltered, rich kid ivory tower existence. I’m sure many of the players grew up with racism and don’t want to hear Looney spouting out about stuff he knows nothing about.

  7. I am sure Brown didn’t just go to the media and begin speaking on Bell, someone asked and he gave his opinion. I get tired of people in the media saying players don’t answer questions, they speak vaguely but then when they do speak, then the same media generate more eyeballs by criticizing the way the individual answered the question.

    When Brown was getting paid as a mid tier receiver and he was clearly the best in the league, he voiced his opinion about his contract but also showed the Steelers he was dedicated to them and never missed a team function. That show of loyalty paid off because the Steelers took care of him. So when a reporter ask Brown about Bell’s situation, he used his scenario to answer the question. Show you are dedicated to the team and the team will take care of you.

    If you guys don’t like that answer then stop asking.

  8. I don’t think you could be more wrong about this article. Brown was far and away best WR in the league getting paid less that $10M a year and he still showed up everyday. Bell is the highest paid RB in the league by a WIDE margin and is still holding out…

  9. I don’t blame Bell at all. The average career of a running back is 3 1/2 years. The shortest of any position. Brown got paid, he should mind his own business. He’s always one one hit away from an acl or worse.

  10. Hey Brown you care so much about the team maybe flip that and go to Colbert and tell him to break out his checkbook? It’s easy for you ti Saunders that a shot you have gotten two big money extensions while Bell has gotten two franchise tags. Fans can say what they want about Bell having suspensions but that was a few years ago and this guy has not only been hands down te best rb in te league but also the teams 2nd best receiver. Oh and let’s not forget an above average pass blocker. In a league where te workhorse back is all but dead, Bell is th gold standard, a precious commodity that should be compensated above and beyond the next rb behind him and not just in a one year contract. However, the Steelers are happy to use the narrative that rb’s aren’t as integral as they once where to fit their narrative so they can use it as an excuse to lowball Bell. These ignorant fans will soon realize how special Bell was when they have the Tim Worley’s and Toussaint Fitzgerald’s of the world mucking around 2 yards an drew a cloud of dust. Like the title of the article says, Brown you need to mind your business.

  11. To be a team leader or not to be a team leader? Brown showed up for everything when he was angling for a new contract he absolutely deserved. Bell needs to learn the new wrinkles of whatever new OC Fichtner is adding or changing. Bell has been great but he’s also been suspended &/or hurt too often for the amount of money (above & beyond the RB market) he is being paid. Brown is right, Bell needs to show the team it is important to him. Be a leader, show up, work hard, get your last year of this size of annual pay, & move on next year if a long term deal isn’t reached.

  12. The drama out of Pittsburgh every offseason is worse than Days of Our Lives. To the team’s credit though, they seem to not let it affect them once the season starts. Kudos to them. Seems eventually it may catch up to them though.

  13. Even on the “anything goes” Seahawks, you don’t see players making substantial comments about a teammate’s contract situation. That can’t be good for their locker room. Seattle had to clean house because of dissension, maybe the Steelers should trade Bell and move on before it compromises this season and possibly next.

  14. Bell has every right to sit out.

    He is arguably their most important player on offense after Ben. He runs, catches and blocks as good as any RB in the league.

    Why should he come to camp and risk injury when he has no long-term security?

    NBA players don’t take the physical punishment Bell takes and get paid way better. Bell should stay home and wait it out.

  15. He didn’t tell Bell that he should go to camp he was stating that it could make his situation better if he did go to camp. He knows this from experience. He is not crossing any lines here.

  16. nhpats says:
    May 24, 2018 at 10:39 am
    Does anyone else see the irony in the title of this article?

    Does anyone else see the irony in the ubiquitous Pat’s troll sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong?

  17. People associate an extraordinary amount of drama with the Steelers. But id you think about it, outside of Ben, Le’Veon, and Antonio there is very little drama going on. It’s these three that generate all the noise.

  18. my question is simple……….who are you to tell anyone what they can say

  19. “ the first rule of getting better is showing up ”

    Antonio is echoing one of Tomlin’s most important maxims.
    If you don’t show up, you’re falling behind and playing catch up
    trying to get back on “the moving train” that waits for no one.

    If you know you’re going to sign and play for that $14.5 mil this year,
    then he should up, learn the new offense being installed by the new OC
    and be ready to go from the first week of the season.

    Last year, it took Bell 4 weeks to get back to his usual form.
    Nothing that Antonio said is wrong. It’s what’s best for the team.

  20. Quote

    ““ the first rule of getting better is showing up ”

    Antonio is echoing one of Tomlin’s most important maxims.
    If you don’t show up, you’re falling behind and playing catch up
    trying to get back on “the moving train” that waits for no one.”

    Maybe the Steelers should pay the best all around RB in the game. Then Bell would be on the train.

  21. Moudabo says:
    May 24, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    “ the first rule of getting better is showing up ”
    Antonio is echoing one of Tomlin’s most important maxims.
    If you don’t show up, you’re falling behind and playing catch up
    trying to get back on “the moving train” that waits for no one.
    If you know you’re going to sign and play for that $14.5 mil this year,
    then he should up, learn the new offense being installed by the new OC
    and be ready to go from the first week of the season.
    Last year, it took Bell 4 weeks to get back to his usual form.
    Nothing that Antonio said is wrong. It’s what’s best for the team.

    It doesn’t matter what is best for the team.
    EVERY team and EVERY player do what they deem best for themselves.
    Teams and players always acknowledge this is a business. Every year.

    If the Steelers wanted Le’Veon to show up, they would make the finanacial commitment needed to get him there. If Lev wanted the best for the team, he would show up and risk injury that could affect his long-term earning potential.

    But… The Steelers are trying to get Bell on a team friendly deal, and not the market value that he could get on the open market.

    And… Lev is looking to lock-up his optimal deal to take care of his business. There are a lot of other athletes making more, and many NFL owners making more…. so it is silly to believe he should do anything else.

    Some may say either one is greedy, or not taking the best interest of the team into consideration for this season. Too bad. The Steelers don’t want to risk a bad cap situation on a large deal for a RB, and Lev doesn’t care to play for less than he could get on the open market. They are both “right” for the situation they are in.

    AB got paid, and AB isn’t offering any money to Bell or the Steelers to make it happen…. so he should just keep reporting to work and leave Lev to handle his own situation.

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