Ramon Foster: Le’Veon Bell “doesn’t give a damn”

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Players typically have the backs of other players in matters of contracts.

But things seem to have taken a turn in Pittsburgh.

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Steelers veteran Ramon Foster had some choice words regarding the absence of running back Le'Veon Bell.

“What do you do?” Foster said. “Here’s a guy who doesn’t give a damn, I guess so we’ll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this. . . .

“He’s making seven times what I make twice as much as [left tackle] Al [Villanueva] is making and we’re the guys who do it for him.”

Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender, and his agent indicated today that they’re worried compromising his long-term value with a short-term workload.

But the other players are concerned about the game they have to play now.

The business part, I get it,” center Maurkice Pouncey said. “All of us at some point have been hurt in that situation. Now that it’s game day, we have a game this Sunday, now we’re all the way into the game-plan as of Wednesday’s practice and you’re still not here? It’s bigger than just business.”

The Steelers have to love that the guys in the locker room are exerting pressure on Bell, who hasn’t given any recent indication when he plans to arrive.

66 responses to “Ramon Foster: Le’Veon Bell “doesn’t give a damn”

  1. O-Line and D-Line guys. These are the men on any team. Bell seems to have finally lost them, and that is bad for him now and in the future. Players all over the league are watching how this is rolling. He could find it more difficult finding eager suitors for his services when they see these guys turning like this. I’d say he has about 24 hours to save his reputation. This is not the NBA or MLB where you can be a star more or less by yourself.

  2. Steelers did Bell dirty with back to back franchise tags limiting his ability to negotiate a fair market value contract. The Steelers continue their dirty underhanded tactics by negotiating in the media by leaking unflattering and possible false narratives.

    I agree with the agent that the Steelers were going to run him into the ground this season further negatively impacting his future earnings and have no problem with him holding out.

    I do think his agent is a moron to say those things publicly.

  3. Ohh that’s not good. Don’t want your boys turning on you. Sign ur tag If you produce you will be paid by someone other than the steelers

  4. All these players riding with management. If Conner is so good as they’ve been saying, stop worrying about Bell. Bell deserves to get paid or use whatever leverage he can to get traded or whatever. I don’t agree with his agent talking about workload publicly, but everyone knows the Steelers are going work him as heavily or more heavily than normal. Use him up and then discard him.

    Stay out of another man’s pocket.

  5. I love seeing the Pittsburgh Rusty Nails divided. I’m not sure now if this team has a head coach or a babysitter.

  6. Steelers have had the best RB in the whole NFL for the past 3 seasons but have tried to short change him preferring to use successive franchise tag him and now they wonder why he is frustrated. They put their money for long term deals elsewhere assuming that he no other choice because he plays running back. For a “classy” organization, they showed zero respect for Le’Veon. He wants/wanted a long term deal with appropriate guaranteed money. Ye sow what ye shall now reap…

  7. You say they did him dirty. I agree the franchise tag is outdated but it’s still what it is. I see both sides but he has very little leverage. 855k a week is no chump change. I also see other owners seeing this guys true colors and it possibly could affect his ability to get what he thinks he deserves. I hope James Connor is ready.

  8. I remember that even the snowflakes on the Washington Redskins offensive line had had enough of trying to pass protect for the former Great Gimmick who took 4 seconds to get rid of the ball on a passing play. One preseason game the offensive line stopped blocking and that is how this jerk was injured and missed his third season – it was obvious the offensive line had had enough of him and they simply let the Lions through. I would not want to be the prima donna belle when he gets back in the game and the defense is allowed to feast on him.

  9. I give those players credit for speaking the truth about Bell. It shows just how out of touch he and his agent are.

  10. I loved watching you run in black and gold Leveon! You could have been the best Steeler RB of all time. Million dollar talent with a 10 cents brain. Rescind the tag Colbert! Let Leveon’s wheels fall off in his new home of Oakland or Cleveland!

  11. Bell is actually doing what is best for the players in not just taking what they offer him. Foster should stay out of Bell’s private business matters, period.

  12. Tomlin better start looking at future FCS job openings. It’s clear who’s running the prison there.

  13. @ravenmuscle …. seriously ? You have Crybaugh and a Wizard who can’t draft a wideout and you’re talking smack on the team that always wins the division? Envy is a terrible thing.

  14. Fans can be so dumb sometimes. I am not particularly a fan of Bell’s but you have to be a moron to say he should come in, let them run him in to the ground, and potentially ruin his chance for financial security for himself and his family for the rest of his life. The Line guys need to shut it! The team’s have almost all the leverage in these negotiations and Bell is just using the one tool he has left. He already came in two years in a row before the season even though he deserved a contract extension. I hope he doesn’t show till week 10. Or if the Steelers season starts to go down the drain he will gain some leverage from public pressure to get back. I cannot understand however how ANYBODY would side with the team on this. It’s his third year on a tag! The guy is one of if not the best RB in the league where his position has short careers. If you people were in his shoes you would do the exact same thing and your representative would be negligent to advise you to do anything else. However since none of you can do what he does it’s easy to be weak and jealous and hate on the guy. What sad fools.

  15. Carroll Prescott says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:43 pm
    I love seeing the Pittsburgh Rusty Nails divided. I’m not sure now if this team has a head coach or a babysitter.

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    It has a cheerleader. It NEEDS a head coach. Come to think of it, a babysitter wouldn’t hurt either.

  16. hakunamangata says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    Yup, Tomlin clearly has control of this team.

    This team will be lucky to win 5 games.

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    Weird how people say that every year, but it never happens.

  17. Steelers are a dumpster fire. Tomlin couldn’t control a pop warner, Colbert is a bottom 10 GM who has disgraced a once proud defense. Big Belly Ben is probably off in a bar bathroom somewhere assaulting another woman.

  18. I love Tomlin as our coach even though I get frustrated by sometimes losing to teams we shouldn’t but this is one thing I hate about the way he coaches. No matter how the players felt, the message should be simple and united, “we will only discuss the players here.” Instead, we have this drama that is been played in the media and every minute it seems all the Steelers are doing is yapping away about Bell, when a much improved Browns Defense and Team awaits us. Let not forget, that with a rookie QB it took us to the last minute of the game to win against Cleveland in the opener last year.

    Stop the Leveon talk, clean up the messaging and all talk and concentration should be about Cleveland.

  19. Bell is getting and taking so bad advice from his agents. Sad to see his time in Pittsburgh end this way but I’m a Bears fan so it is no skin off my nose and I’m sure 90% + of NFK fans could care less too.

  20. The business aspect is ruining the game, like so many other things these days. Feel bad for you younger guys, you missed the best years of this sport.

  21. dumbaseinstien says:
    September 5, 2018 at 5:18 pm
    Good luck getting a single yard this year Bell, when you’ve lost the faith & confidence of your O-Line.

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    Yep. L. Beezy may as well sit this one out. I see some hard hits and some free licks coming his way.

  22. This is getting ugly. Last year Bell came in just before Labor Day ready to go. Guys recognized it as the business side of the NFL but Bell came in when it mattered for his team mates. The hold out was quickly forgotten and the team moved on.

    Now when it matters he has still not reported. His negotiating window has closed and its time to play under the tag which pays him $14.5 million. Especially after turning down a deal comparable to Todd Gurley’s. When members of his offensive line are publicly speaking out against him then Bell has some serious issues in the locker room. If he comes in this week then all will be forgiven. Should Bell hold out into the season and miss games then he is going to have real trouble with his team mates. That will be especially true if the Steelers are not doing well by the time Bell shows up. How will he be able to regain their respect when he finally decides to report (should he hold out that long) if they think he put himself before them?

  23. I, for one, am glad Conner is getting a chance. I seem to remember some guy named Tom Brady that was forced into action because of an injury to Bledsoe. I think he’s made a pretty good name for himself. Not quite apples to apples, but you get the idea. For me, as a Steelers’ fan, Bell is ancient history. Soon we will see how good he is behind an average or below average O-line because those are going to be the only teams, if any, that can afford to pay what he’s asking.

  24. Wonder what the Cowboys were saying when Emmitt held out through 2 weeks of the regular season in ’93? I guess if you win a title you can get away with it..

  25. jucam1 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:57 pm
    Fans can be so dumb sometimes. I am not particularly a fan of Bell’s but you have to be a moron to say he should come in, let them run him in to the ground, and potentially ruin his chance for financial security for himself and his family for the rest of his life.

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    The situation sucks for Bell and I don’t really understand people who rip on him. Steelers didn’t create the problem, though — the contract procedures/policy laid out in the most recent labor agreement did.

    When you have AB (highest paid WR until OBJ’s new deal), a few pro bowlers on the offensive line, Roethlisberger, and then everyone on the defense (Hayward, Tuitt, eventually Watt, etc.), you quickly face realities of the salary cap. Organizations cannot invest disproportionate sums of cash into 2-3 players and field a balanced team, so they’re forced to find workarounds (e.g., franchise tagging, restructuring). I hate hearing about this story day after the day, but until the system changes, it’s going to keep happening because it pits both sides’ interests against each other.

  26. So you folks seeing things from Me-veon’s side….with last years tag and this year, he IS MAKING OVER 28 MILLION…..how is he losing out????

  27. Locker room is broken , i think tomlin’s hand is now forced in how he deals with bell and knowing bell he won’t go anywhere near these guys. Should have unloaded him when they had the chance

  28. Maybe Bell doesn’t understand how the salary cap works.If one guy makes more, the others guys have to make less. He has his hands in his teammates’ pockets, and they’re not loving it.

  29. Bitch thing to do when a player hasn’t been given a long term deal by management. Bell owed them nothing, he is not under contract and that’s on management.

    Sounds like they should just rescind the offer and let him test free agency like he wanted all along?

  30. charliecharger says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:04 pm
    Maybe Bell doesn’t understand how the salary cap works.If one guy makes more, the others guys have to make less. He has his hands in his teammates’ pockets, and they’re not loving it.

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    I think there are many posters on this site that don’t comprehend that either

  31. Maybe Bell doesn’t understand how the salary cap works.If one guy makes more, the others guys have to make less. He has his hands in his teammates’ pockets, and they’re not loving it.

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    Wow didn’t know there were still communists around. LOL at anyone holding Gurley or Macks’ contract against them like Steelers fans want to do with Bell. Franchise should have taken care of him long term.

  32. Now when it matters he has still not reported. His negotiating window has closed and its time to play under the tag which pays him $14.5 million. Especially after turning down a deal comparable to Todd Gurley’s.

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    No it wasn’t comparable to Gurley’s, Gurley got $45 mill guaranteed Bell got $30 and Bell had already played a year on the tag. Bad move by bad franchise that gave Bell 425 touches last year on a 1 year deal. Rams gave Gurley 350 or so and they took care of him long term.

  33. So you folks seeing things from Me-veon’s side….with last years tag and this year, he IS MAKING OVER 28 MILLION…..how is he losing out????

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    Gurley got $45 million guaranteed before his deal ran out. Bell had to take on the risk of injury last year and then Steelers still only guaranteed $30 million. Cheap franchise, not all players have to roll over on their contract like Antonio Brown.

  34. pastabelly says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Bell is actually doing what is best for the players in not just taking what they offer him. Foster should stay out of Bell’s private business matters, period.

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    Bell’s already the highest-paid player in the league at his position. All he’s doing beyond that is taking away money from the other players and making the team worse, which will hurt the prospects of every player on it.

  35. edavidberg says:
    September 5, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Gurley got $45 million guaranteed before his deal ran out. Bell had to take on the risk of injury last year and then Steelers still only guaranteed $30 million. Cheap franchise, not all players have to roll over on their contract like Antonio Brown.

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    Not paying an excessive amount doesn’t make a team “cheap”. Gurley was a top 10 draft pick that the Rams need a lot more than the Steelers need Bell (picked mid-2nd round). $30 million guarantee for a mid-career RB is generous, not cheap.

    Can’t believe anyone is using the Rams as examples of reasonable salaries.

  36. To be fair, Le’Veon is pretty busy right now working on a rap song bout how he needs more money.

  37. Not paying an excessive amount doesn’t make a team “cheap”. Gurley was a top 10 draft pick that the Rams need a lot more than the Steelers need Bell (picked mid-2nd round). $30 million guarantee for a mid-career RB is generous, not cheap.

    Can’t believe anyone is using the Rams as examples of reasonable salaries.
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    Why is that? Gurley reset the market and proved that an elite th can make a big contract with multiple years guaranteed and that is what bell wants. Sorry you guys don’t want to pay so you need to step aside and let him go cause he’s not gonna play again on that one year tag. Pitt screwed him by making him risk injury last year in the tag and had the audacity to try and do it again. Yes he was getting paid very nice on a one year deal but there was no long term security in it. Now that another rbs has proven that he can get that in the open market you are angry at him that he doesn’t want to sacrifice his future in a one year deal for the Steelers. Man you guys are selfish, get mad at your owner and gm they are the ones who created this.

  38. Sorry but I just don’t get how paying a player the average of the top 5 at his position is not “fair market value” as Leveon (and some posters here) assert.

    The only way its NOT fair is if you feel you should be paid the MOST of anybody in the league at that position.

  39. The players have remained silent on Bell’s situation until he failed to show up when he said he would. They need him out there practicing with them. Bell had to break some big time trust for his offensive line to speak out like this. They didn’t just do this on a whim or based on emotion. Also, don’t believe for a second that there isn’t jealousy when it comes to contracts. Bell would be absolutely nothing without the big guys up front blocking for him. He’s going to end find out real quick when Pouncey “misses” his block against a blitzing linebacker.

  40. Bell is simply putting a value on his services, same with the Donald and Mack holdouts with the Rams and Raiders, respectively. Same thing was done with Cousins signing multiple one year deals and not a long term deal with the Redskins. There are no 100 million dollar players in the NFL. The only money they see is signing bonus money. Players in the NFL, only see that 100 million if they play out a contract and they never do because owners will extend a contract or they will waive or release before the end of the contract.

    Do you Le’Veon!

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