Steelers: If Le’Veon Bell’s agent wants to talk workload, he has our number

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Le'Veon Bell‘s agent Adisa Bakari made an appearance on Sirius XM NFL Radio Wednesday and suggested that Bell’s ongoing absence was linked to the heavy workload he figures to see in what’s shaping up to be his final season with the Steelers.

“If you’re Kevin Colbert and you’re Mike Tomlin, and you have a once-in-a-generation type of player for one more season, what would your plan be? … You can read in between those lines,” Bakari said.

Bakari also made an appearance on ESPN and said the back is “going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term.” Steelers director of communications Burt Lauten said in a statement later in the day that Bakari and Bell were free to reach out to the team if they wanted to discuss their plans for how Bell will be used.

“We are not going to discuss any conversations through the media,” Lauten said. “If Adisa would like to talk further, he has the phone number to our offices.”

Bell’s teammate Maurkice Pouncey weighed in with his own thoughts about Bell’s workload concerns.

“That’s just stupid. You can’t play football like that,” Pouncey said, via Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL Media.

For now, Bell isn’t playing football and, as Pouncey and guard Ramon Foster‘s comments attest, the response to that decision got more heated in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

63 responses to “Steelers: If Le’Veon Bell’s agent wants to talk workload, he has our number

  1. Pull the franchise tag and let him walk. No one has enough cap room to sign him now, except the Browns.

  2. I’m thinking Bell should take the bird in his hand for now and worry about the 3 in the tree next Spring. But, you know… I guess that’s old school.

  3. So he thinks he’s going to get 14.5 million for the season and dictate how many touches a game he gets?

    Hilarious. The comments on this thread out to be pretty good.

  4. Bell’s style of running doesn’t work unless your line is REALLY REALLY good. I would be salty if I was on the O-Line too.

  5. Le’Veon Bell is a real and total jagov. He’ll lose more $$ in one game than the majority of fans will make in a lifetime, I wonder if he realizes that or has a grasp on reality? That’s why fans get pi$$ed off.

  6. This is all bs anyway. Bell is not concerned about workload. He wants them to pull the tag so he can negotiate with another team. The Skins, Niners, Jets and Colts are just waiting (assuming they have ability to free up enough cap). Besides, what workload would you give your running back who has participated in zero practices thus far with an offense with a new coordinator and change in plays? It will take him several weeks to catch up.

  7. Adisa Bakari is correct. The franchise tag should have gone away years ago. When a team used it on a pk. It’s business.

  8. LOL! Everybody wants a ton of money to not do much, Me’veon! Now get your butt on the field before those linemen of yours don’t exactly feel like they want to work so hard for YOU…

  9. Wouldn’t the game situation dictate how he would be used? I understand there would be some game planning however the game situation is going to dictate the number of carries or receptions he would have, right?

  10. Who cares what fans make in a lifetime? That’s nobodies issue but their own. If you want to make professional athlete money, then you should probably start finding a talent that makes you a rare commodity. If not, keep clocking in and whining about how the people who you pay to see perform go about their business.

  11. Wow. Bell and his agent are in a dream world. The Steelers would be better served to tell Bell to hit the road.

  12. once in a generation player that doesn’t even want to play. Adisa you’ve gotta get your boy in line. The world doesnt revolve around le’veon… james Conner time in pittsburgh

  13. Mind blowing stat of the day: everyone in front of @LeVeonBell on the yards from scrimmage list entered the league AT LEAST two years earlier and the closest guy behind him from his year has 70 percent of his total and trails him by over 2,100 yards.

  14. That works both ways. Teams will be gambling that he is in game shape and he has not lost anything by sitting out a year, when they sign him to a multi-year contract. They may insist that the base salary be low and that it is not guaranteed for a huge amount of money, and most money will be paid out in incentives. Sort of like the contract that Richard Charmin got from Frisco.

  15. Judging by Pouncey’s comment, it’s clear his teammates are getting tired of Bell’s antics, too.

  16. So Adisa Bakari is the moron responsible for giving Bell idiotic advice. Got it.

    You wouldn’t say that about a white agent would you…….ssshhh we already know how people like you think….we have one in the Oval Office.

    As I said before he is getting terrible advice and is pushing his team mates away which does not bode well for a team looking to sign him next year…but there teams like the Pats that don’t care about character in players….LaGaurette Blount ring a bell?

  17. Stick it out LeVeon! When Sarah Connors’ son is barely eking out 50 ypg, they’re 0-3 and flushing one of Ben’s last remaining prime years down the toilet, they’ll come callin.’

    Set the precedent and teach these other players to stand up for themselves! Don’t listen to the Walmart stock boys here who are just jealous that they have to bust it for $5.50 an hour while a black guy is turning down $500K whatnot to not play a game. Yup I said it.

  18. “enoughofthatalready says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:32 pm
    Tomlin needs to put a gag order on his players. Their words are not going to make Bell come back faster and it is becoming more and more of a distraction.”

    This is the first day post when the players expected him to show up. This time next week, probably even tomorrow the players will have heard from Tomlin to not say anything about Bell. But let it be known, the guys on this team, working hard, don’t think highly of what Bell is doing.
    Oh and to add. The headline and quote don’t match up. Not what the Steelers said, complete lack of integrity by the site here.

  19. If Bell shows up in Week 10, signs his tender but the Steelers make him inactive for the last six games of the season, does 2018 still count as an accrued year?

  20. PAAALLEEEEEASEEE PULL HIS TAG. He will be bankrupt in 4 or 5 years anyway.
    Let some of these spoiled players get up at 6 am everyday and go work 40 or 50 hours a week for 25,000 a year and see what the real world is like.

  21. He can hold out until the tenth game. Suppose he does exactly that, then, signs the tag and shows up and gets his $14MM. But, suppose he tries that and Pitt rescinds the tag before the 9th game. He could really get screwed by a scenario like that.

  22. Nofoolnodrool says:

    September 5, 2018 at 4:46 pm

    So Adisa Bakari is the moron responsible for giving Bell idiotic advice. Got it.

    You wouldn’t say that about a white agent would you…….ssshhh we already know how people like you think….we have one in the Oval Office.

    As I said before he is getting terrible advice and is pushing his team mates away which does not bode well for a team looking to sign him next year…but there teams like the Pats that don’t care about character in players….LaGaurette Blount ring a bell?
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    If the Steelers cared about character, they wouldn’t have Roethlisburger or Vick on the team. And Blount punched a guy in college and got suspended before the Steelers signed him, I think they knew about his character.

  23. No need to rescind the tag. They would lose their 3rd round comp if they did it. If he extends his hold out, keep his game checks, renegotiate the tag for the vet minimum and if he causes any issues suspend him for the season and take the rest of his money. Let him walk in the offseason, rollover the cap savings, take the 3rd round comp and move on. If there is an injury to the RBs during the year you can always give him a hat if necessary to ride the bench. A full season with no football activity will absolutely lessen his contract value next year.
    The only other option is to look to deal him for a second round pick if a team is willing. I doubt anyone would give up more for him than that, probably won’t even give that up.

  24. “Mind blowing stat of the day: everyone in front of @LeVeonBell on the yards from scrimmage list entered the league AT LEAST two years earlier and the closest guy behind him from his year has 70 percent of his total and trails him by over 2,100 yards.”

    I believe you’ve posted that 3 or 4 times here over the past couple weeks. It’s not so mind blowing anymore. With a full season of no football under his belt, he probably won’t have those statistics to take into negotiations anymore.

  25. willycents says:
    September 5, 2018 at 5:03 pm
    He can hold out until the tenth game. Suppose he does exactly that, then, signs the tag and shows up and gets his $14MM…

    =================================

    Yeah, not quite. Bell loses $855K every game until he signs his tender.

  26. So Bell’s agent Don King, I mean, Adisa Bakari has spoken.

    Bakari and Bell are taking “Stoopid is as stoopid does” (Thanks, Mrs. Gump) to a whole new level.

  27. No need to rescind the tag. They would lose their 3rd round comp if they did it. If he extends his hold out, keep his game checks, renegotiate the tag for the vet minimum and if he causes any issues suspend him for the season and take the rest of his money. Let him walk in the offseason, rollover the cap savings, take the 3rd round comp and move on. If there is an injury to the RBs during the year you can always give him a hat if necessary to ride the bench.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    If they leave the tag, his contract value must be the average of the top five guys in the league at that position plus the two kickers (for the second tag) MINUS the prorated value of the games missed. Steelers cannot offer less under the tag.

  28. If the Steelers cared about character, they wouldn’t have Roethlisburger or Vick on the team. And Blount punched a guy in college and got suspended before the Steelers signed him, I think they knew about his character.

    Does the name Hernandez ring a bell for ya Francis? Stop with the tired old Ben and Vick crap….they have paid their debt one for a crime one for an aledged crime so save that crap for some one who buys antiques.

  29. “If they leave the tag, his contract value must be the average of the top five guys in the league at that position plus the two kickers (for the second tag) MINUS the prorated value of the games missed. Steelers cannot offer less under the tag.”

    They can renegotiate under the 2 week exemption. They can withold game checks for games he doesn’t show and they can ultimately suspend him for his actions should they feel the need to the remainder of the season.

  30. “He can hold out until the tenth game. Suppose he does exactly that, then, signs the tag and shows up and gets his $14MM. ”

    That’s not how it works. Every game he holds out for he does not get paid. Ie if he holds out 3 games he loses 3/17 of 14.5 million. The team can also use a 2 week roster exemption for him. So he can show up in week 10, not play till week 12 and will receive only 6/17 of the 14.5 million.

  31. Workload was an issue for guys like Ricky Williams, Larry Johnson, and Barry Foster. It was never an issue for Eric Dickerson, Curtis Martin, or Emmitt Smith. If you think you’re guy is a Hall of Fame back, then take the 400 carries and shut everybody else up.

  32. “Mind blowing stat of the day: everyone in front of @LeVeonBell on the yards from scrimmage list entered the league AT LEAST two years earlier and the closest guy behind him from his year has 70 percent of his total and trails him by over 2,100 yards.”

    Bell missed 14 games to suspension and injury in years three and four.

    I have no idea where you got that “stat”, time to do some fact checking.

  33. youngnoizecom says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:37 pm
    After watching what happened to DeMarco Murray, Le’Veon has every reason to be cautious. Protect your assets, young buck.

    41 83
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    You mean when Murray claimed to be the best, got offended that he wasn’t paid accordingly, threw a tantrum, got paid for 1 year in free agency, found out he wasn’t the best (his line in Dallas was), and promptly disappeared into obscurity? The lesson there is “don’t act like you are more important than the team.”


  34. nathanp2013 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm

    Why do we ever get quotes from Pouncey? The guy was probably an accomplice in at least one of Aaron Hernandez’s murders.”

    Wow, nice slander, coward. You don’t even know the difference between the Pouncey brothers and why that is significant.


  35. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    If the Steelers cared about character, they wouldn’t have Roethlisburger or Vick on the team. And Blount punched a guy in college and got suspended before the Steelers signed him, I think they knew about his character.”

    A. Vick was found guilty and served his time.
    B. Cite one, just one charge against Ben. You can’t because there are none. Since you have nothing else, all you have is pure hate. Let’s guess, you are a Trumpster too judging by your way of thinking.

  36. the Raiders getting 2 1rst round picks is looking pretty good now huh…if Mack came back he would be unhappy that he wasnt paid..looks like steelers might lose him and get nothing in return

  37. I’m assuming when he shows up week 10, he’ll be playing every snap offense defense special teams. Running and picking up the tea after he cases down the returner. Make him 100% available to the press at all times, even on the sidelines. Also all celebrations, spikes, and first down points will be fined $500,000 each for running backs. Not that the steelers should do that but it’s a business, right? And the business needs to get value to be successful. I don’t know if they steelers were going to “run him into the ground”, but they should now, after he said this would be his best season yet, after the time to sign a new deal expired. Now he’s pulling this? I guess the message is clear for his next team, he wants to be paid like a starting RB and a starting WR but not too many touchs, ok.

  38. Look how angry the Steelers fans are because he doesn’t want to play ball for you. You guys are blocking hi from getting his long term deal. Gurley just reset the market and despite what you may think it want yes they’re are teams that will pay for his services more than 14.5 million guaranteed for one year and he wants that. Pitt should move him now for whatever they can get or be prepared to let him sit for ten weeks and pay him the final six but guess what? Even if you are lucky enough to make the playoffs get ready to renegotiate his deal or you won’t see him in the post season. This is ALL Colbert’s fault for trying to screw him over with the second year of the franchise tag. His teammates and the fans can get as mad as they want but you reap what you sow and he’s not goin g to play ball for one penny less that what he is worth or one penny less than what another team has told him he is worth. Honestly it’s nit worth risking, the Steelers want to run him into the ground 400 more times and that ain’t gonna happen. Also whomever said that after he signs his tag at week ten and they even try to pull that two week exemption the Nflpa will be all over that and a major lawsuit would be pending against the team. You aren’t going to win and the front office didn’t anticipate this kind of resistance but I’m on the side of hell glad the team really screwed him with the tag 2x with him being a rb, this is nothing like the cousins situation as his lifespan as a player is double what bells is.

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