Report: Le’Veon Bell to skip training camp again

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Running back Le'Veon Bell didn’t get the long-term deal he was hoping for, and he apparently isn’t going to put in any extra time.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Bell’s plan at the moment is to skip training camp “but be ready for the regular season.”

There’s also no plan to skip regular season games, likely because doing so would be forfeiting $852,000 a week and his quest for more money isn’t furthered by leaving piles of it on the table.

There’s also the question of how ready for the regular season he’ll be without camp.

Last year, he rushed 52 times for 180 yards in his first three games after staying away for camp and the preseason, looking like a guy who needed a month to get ready to play.

 

39 responses to “Report: Le’Veon Bell to skip training camp again

  1. As a Steelers fan, I am not bothered by him skipping camp as he is not under contract to do so. He will be in shape, and they say they are not changing the language under the new OC (don’t call it that). I would like to see him show up in the preseason for some “game speed” reps, but if not, it may only take him a game or two to get going. I would love to see the younger guys step up to fill his place. If he holds out in to the season, I’m sure i will have a much different view of him.

  2. Just like he was ready for the first 3 regular season games last year. I honestly wish he wouldn’t show up at all.

  3. In order for him to get all that money he thinks he deserves next year don’t you think he’d be doing everything in his power to ensure he puts up some big numbers this year? If the Steelers decide they want to use James Conner more and only play Bell in passing downs that would SERIOUSLY hurt Bell’s chances at a big payday. Given the fact he won’t be around next year why wouldn’t the Steelers prepare for his departure this season and give other players more snaps? Bell is only hurting himself and he doesn’t even realize it. I can’t wait to hear him complain as soon as the season starts about only making $14.5M and being a backup.

  4. I’m always worried the risk for an early season injury is higher when training camp is skipped. He also started slow last year doing this but I understand the decision. He’s 65% of their offense and must be accounted for on every single snap.

  5. This is starting to be almost as annoying as the Kaepernick stories. The sooner Bell realizes that he is not as important and valuable as he thinks he is, the better for all of us.

  6. amaf21 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    well the steelers should’ve thought about that before low-balling him.

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    Low balling him? They offered him far more than any RB is worth. The Steelers dodged a bullet when he declined.

  7. I remember back when Big Walt got tagged three years in a row. Each year he would skip everything, then play Week 1 like a future first-ballot Hall of Famer.

    Some people can do it, some can’t…

  8. browns gonna pound them steelers in the opener. book it. worthlessburger is gonna get snapped like a twig.

  9. My father always said “Stupid people do stupid things”.

    Is he somehow related to Terrell Owens?

  10. terripet says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:47 pm
    Get rid of him trade him to Oakland

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    It is clear you never went to college. Oakland is in the middle of a cap hell. No way they can take that on after paying Carr. It’s a big reason why they cut Lynch, too. Bruce Irvin makes way too much as well.

  11. This team, comprised entirely of divas, needs to just go back to square one. They aren’t a true threat to anyone.

    17

    Duct tape can’t fix your kind of stupid. Do you ever really watch football or are you just being something you are comfortable with…..a an attention seeking troll?

  12. Some of the people commenting here know very little about team sports. Doesn’t bother me if he skips camp. He’s in shape. New OC isn’t changing the language. Good grief.

    First, you don’t know what the new OC is doing. If he were doing everything exactly the way Haley did it, the Steelers wouldn’t have bothered to fire Haley. Second, it’s not about what kind of athletic shape Bell is in. These guys have to work IN SYNC. Team play requires timing and that requires practice … no matter how good any individual player may be. Ask Brady. Thanks to Bell’s belief that he didn’t need to work with the team prior to the opening of last season, the Steelers had to go into overtime with the would-be winless Browns.

    It’s a Team sport, not a Me sport. Bell cares about making some good runs so he can assert his personal greatness. He doesn’t care about winning a championship with a team. That is crystal clear.

  13. vikesr4reel says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:18 pm
    What a drama queen

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    As a Pats fan, I love it. They do it to themselves and take their cues from their immature coach who tries to cheat during games by actually interfering with on field play.

    They don’t draft for maturity and commitment with football IQ. They do the opposite, which is why they can’t even beat an injured Pats club or get blow out vs a healthy Pats team (2016).

    If I was Rooney, I’d be annoyed to the point that Colbert and Tomlin are both on a very hot seat right now.

    But, alas, it’s sanctimonious Pittsburgh that is not the case.

    Carry on.

  14. amaf21 says:

    well the steelers should’ve thought about that before low-balling him.
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    The Steelers offered him 50 percent more than the highest-paid player at his position. Guess they could have offered him an ownership share, but I doubt that would have gotten him to practice either.

  15. nhpats says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    amaf21 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    well the steelers should’ve thought about that before low-balling him.

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    Low balling him? They offered him far more than any RB is worth. The Steelers dodged a bullet when he declined.

    1 1 Rate Thisnhpats says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    amaf21 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    well the steelers should’ve thought about that before low-balling him.

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    Low balling him? They offered him far more than any RB is worth. The Steelers dodged a bullet when he declined.

    1 1 Rate This

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    True, but:

    Why draft an RB so high in the draft or in RD 1 at all if you aren’t willing to deal the player ahead of schedule into their 4th year, if the guy is putting up Pro Bowl numbers?

    They could have drafted Sony Michel for example under a rookie deal for the next 4 years, if they had just had moved on from Bell last year. They don’t trust their front office or their coach an use the draft very well.

  16. I’m sure he’ll be a little rusty for the first three weeks back and then be fine. To be honest, at this point he deserves to break out from the tag-year-to-year contract situation and get the chance to hit the open market. I just don’t know if a team will still want to pay him what he would have got a couple years ago had he been a UFA. Hopefully he comes out of the season as one of the leagues best backs and still gets that kind of insane value.

  17. And, this is supposed to be “news”? LOL everyone with a clue knew Bell would plan to skip training camp if they didn’t agree to a contract.

  18. As a Pats fan, I love it. They do it to themselves and take their cues from their immature coach who tries to cheat during games by actually interfering with on field play.

    They don’t draft for maturity and commitment with football IQ. They do the opposite, which is why they can’t even beat an injured Pats club or get blow out vs a healthy Pats team (2016).

    If I was Rooney, I’d be annoyed to the point that Colbert and Tomlin are both on a very hot seat right now.

    But, alas, it’s sanctimonious Pittsburgh that is not the case.

    Carry on.

    Every time your post your ignorance matures to a more odious level. You are an internet troll fanboy hated on this sight while Tomlin and Colbert are much admired and accomplished professionals…..and highly compensated at that. But it’s sad that you joy in life comes from being a negative smartass seeking attention…..in other words a loser.

  19. Deb says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm
    Some of the people commenting here know very little about team sports. Doesn’t bother me if he skips camp. He’s in shape. New OC isn’t changing the language. Good grief.

    First, you don’t know what the new OC is doing. If he were doing everything exactly the way Haley did it, the Steelers wouldn’t have bothered to fire Haley. Second, it’s not about what kind of athletic shape Bell is in. These guys have to work IN SYNC. Team play requires timing and that requires practice … no matter how good any individual player may be. Ask Brady. Thanks to Bell’s belief that he didn’t need to work with the team prior to the opening of last season, the Steelers had to go into overtime with the would-be winless Browns.

    It’s a Team sport, not a Me sport. Bell cares about making some good runs so he can assert his personal greatness. He doesn’t care about winning a championship with a team. That is crystal clear.

    4 1 Rate This

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    Absolutely. And, as a Pats fan, with new WRs every year, I am not a fan of him saying something like that and then turning around and playing golf with Rickie Fowler.

    Very annoying.

    No one should ever be above the team. This goes beyond contract, this is obnoxious narcissism from Bell tied into the MIllennial Gen’s sense of entitlement. Horrible combo.

  20. Funny that the only people saying Pit didn’t beat NE last season are tylawspick6 and Al Riveron. Oh, and let’s not forget tuck rule, spygate, and deflategate.

  21. tylawspick6 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:39 pm
    nhpats says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    amaf21 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    well the steelers should’ve thought about that before low-balling him.

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    Low balling him? They offered him far more than any RB is worth. The Steelers dodged a bullet when he declined.

    1 1 Rate Thisnhpats says:
    July 17, 2018 at 1:03 pm
    amaf21 says:
    July 17, 2018 at 12:56 pm
    well the steelers should’ve thought about that before low-balling him.

    ——-

    Low balling him? They offered him far more than any RB is worth. The Steelers dodged a bullet when he declined.

    1 1 Rate This

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    Man Dumb and Dumber are putting a classic lesson in stupid.

    Bell is making a serious mistake from greed and ego driven premises. The Steelers don’t overpay or get threatened by players. Their offer was more than generous…..too generous but Bell will find that out to late. E is very good but the Steelers still have enough to beat the cheats but will need help to beat them and the refs.

  22. Deb:
    Some of the people commenting here know very little about team sports.

    You make that apparent…

    Stats:
    Eric Dickerson held out through the first two games of a season: 1,234 yards and 2 TD
    Emmitt Smith Held out through the first two games in 1993 1,486 and 9 TDs on the way to a SB win.
    Marshall Faulk skipped training camp 2,429 yards from scrimmage and a SB Win.
    Steven Jackson 1000+ yards and 5 TDs in 12 games
    Le’Veon Bell 1291 yards and 9 rushing TDs.

    looks like you are right, you can’t possibly have a good season personally or as a team when the star running back holds out. /s

  23. Bell averaged 4.0 ypc last year, down from 4.9 in 2016 and 4.9 in 2016. That’s basically one yard less per carry than he averaged the previous two seasons.

    We all know it is only a matter of time before all RB’s hit that wall.

    Has Brown already hit it?

    And does anyone think that a replacement would do worse than 300/1200/5 next season? Yes, he does catch a lot of balls, but he’s not the only back in the NFL that can do it. One thing about the NFL – there are a lot of young, hungry backs who can do it all – for cheap.

  24. People on this board love to put emotion before fact when a player upsets them. Say what you want about his contract, but you are absolutely lieing to yourself if you think the Steelers are going to better off this season with James Connor over Le’Veon

  25. tylawspick6 says:

    As a Pats fan, I love it. They do it to themselves and take their cues from their immature coach who tries to cheat during games by actually interfering with on field play.

    They don’t draft for maturity and commitment with football IQ. They do the opposite, which is why they can’t even beat an injured Pats club or get blow out vs a healthy Pats team (2016).

    If I was Rooney, I’d be annoyed to the point that Colbert and Tomlin are both on a very hot seat right now.

    But, alas, it’s sanctimonious Pittsburgh that is not the case.

    Carry on.

    The Patriots drafted Aaron Hernandez….do you remember that? Go peddle your sanctimonious comments to other delusional Pats fans.

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