Still no sign of Le’Veon Bell at Steelers’ facility

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Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell‘s holdout this year is officially longer than his holdout last year.

Bell did not attend the Steelers’ team meeting this morning, NFL Network reports. Last year Bell signed his franchise tender on September 1 and attended all of the Steelers’ practices and team meetings in the week before their Week One opener.

Although Bell’s absence this morning doesn’t necessarily mean he won’t play on Sunday against the Browns, he is running out of time. It might be a stretch for him to be ready to play having missed the entire offseason and now missing preparations for Cleveland.

Of course, Bell might be fine with that: He may be calculating that he’ll make more money in free agency next year if he takes less punishment on the field this year. Missing a game, or multiple games, at the start of the season lessens his risk of injury and increases the chance that he’ll be healthy heading into free agency.

So it won’t be surprising if Bell’s holdout continues, at least long enough that he won’t play on Sunday.

91 responses to “Still no sign of Le’Veon Bell at Steelers’ facility

  1. A little disingenuous at the very least for Mike Tomlin to say he had not thought at all about when Bell will show up. Just like he claimed he didn’t come onto the field and purposely trip an opponents kickoff returner. How he keeps his job is honestly beyond me. It’s like if the Penguins would have not fired Dan Bylsma. Bylsma rode an incredibly talented Penguin team to a Stanley Cup win and then although that talent was enough to always assure a wining season he would pathetically UNDERACHIEVE in the post season. Bylsma was given another chance with the Buffalo Sabres and then quickly fired when it was proven beyond doubt he was a crap coach. Just insert the words Mike Tomlin and Steelers for Dan Bylsma and Penguins. But … but … but …. Dan Bylsma never had a losing season

  2. The Steelers have a very strict policy they follow with players and contract neogtiations. They do not very from that. It helps players understand the expectations and it also gives structure to what and how the front office negotiates. The Steelers have one of the highest total contract payouts in the league. They are more than fair with players and negotiate and operate in a manner of good faith. Holding out for the preseason, not talking to or updating management about what you are doing, taking the holdout into the preseason is a poor look. At this point you’re missing game one, you’re not a part of the team and you’re being selfish. Hopefully they slap him with the two week roster exemption if/when he shows up, renegotiate the tag and pull the game check money from every game he does not step on the field for.

  3. This is probably the first time that the Steelers are starting to wonder if he will be missing games. It’s only the Browns, but I’m sure they still thought he would report by today.

  4. Guy obviously doesn’t want to play for the Steelers anymore. Why not just trade him and get something before he leaves anyway?

  5. Looks like they moved on from you Le’veon. Maybe your agent forgot to tell you that you have maybe 3 productive yrs left so you’re better just taking what you can get. Also you’re not Gurley bud

  6. The Steelers handling of this has been atrocious. If you don’t want to pay him trade him. Players sure as hell are not going to be running to play for Pitt if this how they treat one of their best players. The ramifications of this will be bigger than most realize. How do you think players view Oakland/Las Vegas right now?

  7. I’d love to see them rescind the tag. See him get less then $14 Million this year and never see a long term deal close to what he got offered.

  8. Are players still subject to drug testing while they are holding out? Maybe he’s just enjoying his summer a little more than he has in the past. Can’t come back until everything clears from his system.

  9. They’ve shown they don’t care about him by refusing to give him a multi year deal worth his true value and despite that he suited up like a warrior and gave them a heck of a season. How do they repay him for the effort then by franchising him again? I think Bell is doing the right thing even if it costs him a little cash In the short term. He’s preserving his body for his big payday for next year. Why show up and play for a team that is going to do its best to use him up and run him into the ground? He should show up week 10 and play out the final games and declare himself out for the playoffs if they make it unless they want to only up a higher salary for 2018 or recoup his lost wages for the first ten weeks. The Steelers screwed this one up and Bell is playing it perfectly.

  10. Draft is on Thursday. Should be interesting to see where he goes.

    I’d wager a bunch he isn’t in the game plan this week. Not sure this is the wisest decision on his part.

  11. I’m getting sick of the money grab. Fans can’t afford to go to games as it is and yet the costs keep getting driven up by the greed of the players and the owners. Tired of it.

  12. Steelers are a super bowl contender. They need home field advantage in the playoffs if they hope to beat NE. If he doesn’t or can’t play and they win Sunday – no problem. But if he doesn’t or can’t play and they lose there is going to be a lot of resentment in that locker room

  13. kcsam76 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:49 am
    Why aren’t they fielding trade offers?
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    I am sure they would field trade offers if they could find a team that was dumb enough to pay Bell whatever his ridiculous asking price is exactly.

  14. dougchillin says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:50 am
    At this point I am hoping the Steelers exercise some of their leverage and dock him some game checks.

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    The Steelers can’t dock him game check, he is not under contract until he signs the tag. Also, even though I love my steelers, this is a 2-way street. If the Steelers wanted Leveon to be in camp and ready for week 1, then both sides should have agreed to a contract. Leveon isn’t the villain in this story, but every time articles like this are posted, it is meant to cause a feeding frenzy to fans who want to bash players because they dare exercise their right to a contract that matches their talents. No one wins here but I know fans like myself definitely loses.

  15. Now that the Steelers have established that they are done with him (which they did like a year ago),who can blame him for not showing up until kickoff on Sunday?

    He might be a greedy sleazeball, but he ain’t t dumb. He knows the Steelers are gonna get their worth out of their 14 million he’s making this year. He will probably set a new NFL record for touches this year. Don’t be shocked if he touches the ball 500 times.

    This way, the next team wont pay him either because he’ll be wearing an eye patch, have a hook for a right hand, 2 peg legs, and a jar in his left hand while asking people on the street “Can ya spare some change for an old buccaneer?”

  16. Steelers have no one to blame but themselves for this debacle! Sure, they want to keep him but they don’t want to pay him what he thinks he is worth. Answer-you need to pay, trade or let him walk! They rather play the franchise tag game and this is the result you have.

  17. For his sake, hopefully he’s in great shape, missing time may make him more likely to get injured. He’s not exactly been injury free in his career. I understand he wants a long term contract, for a RB, that’s more important, but honestly 14.5 Mil for 1 season as a RB is pretty insane. I understand he could get a career ending injury, but that should be enough insurance for him in case that happens. On the flip side, any team signing a RB to a long term contract is just as at risk.

  18. mysterytonite says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:47 am

    They’ve shown they don’t care about him by refusing to give him a multi year deal worth his true value and despite that he suited up like a warrior and gave them a heck of a season. How do they repay him for the effort then by franchising him again? I think Bell is doing the right thing even if it costs him a little cash In the short term. He’s preserving his body for his big payday for next year. Why show up and play for a team that is going to do its best to use him up and run him into the ground? He should show up week 10 and play out the final games and declare himself out for the playoffs if they make it unless they want to only up a higher salary for 2018 or recoup his lost wages for the first ten weeks. The Steelers screwed this one up and Bell is playing it perfectly.
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    Some people here act like he’s been disrespected by not signing him to a long term deal. They made him a decent offer and he didn’t like it, and that’s life in the NFL. Some people also act as if the Steelers are the only team that would run him into the ground. They’re paying him $14.5 million this season, not minimum wage – every team would do the exact same thing. And if Beii shows up in Week 10 he’ll cost himself over $5 million. Not sure he’s playing it perfectly.

  19. niyidelano says:

    September 5, 2018 at 11:02 am

    dougchillin says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:50 am
    At this point I am hoping the Steelers exercise some of their leverage and dock him some game checks.

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    The Steelers can’t dock him game check, he is not under contract until he signs the tag. Also, even though I love my steelers, this is a 2-way street. If the Steelers wanted Leveon to be in camp and ready for week 1, then both sides should have agreed to a contract. Leveon isn’t the villain in this story, but every time articles like this are posted, it is meant to cause a feeding frenzy to fans who want to bash players because they dare exercise their right to a contract that matches their talents. No one wins here but I know fans like myself definitely loses.
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    Go read up. Steelers can file a some sort of roster exemption and take away game checks.

  20. Hey can’t trade him till he signs, lets not make this about who owns his rights. The Steelers offered him more than a fair deal. Bell forgets sitting out as he does makes his stats not so useful when he decides to hold up another team

  21. cant wait for the steelers to run this guy into the ground. give him the ball 30 times a game until his leg breaks. They did it to fast willie and that guy was actually likeable.

  22. Please rescind his tag. Let him sit around and fatten up on mickey d”s for a year and see what he gets in free agency next year. Running back’s are not going to get wide receiver/ quaterback’s money.

  23. bondlake says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:23 am
    As I wrote last week, LB is a royal pain in the A** and they should run him out of town.
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    The Steelers created this situation. They choose to franchise tag a back that they already knew wouldn’t sign it until he was good and ready. The Steelers could have let Bell hit the market and let the market set Bell’s value. They chose not to for a second straight year. I fail to see why you’re gripping about Bell.

  24. Bell is a good player but he’s not worth $20M per year which is probably what he wants. At this point, I’m not sure he’s worth the $14.5M. I hope Conner puts up some big numbers this week. Then they can just tell Bell to stick it. I’m sick of this guy.

  25. Bell’s figured out by now the Steelers don’t ‘blink’. It’s a forgone conclusion that he’ll be suiting up with another team next season. With that, Bell will probably show by, or just before, week 10 and play out what’s left of the season before taking his free agent tour and getting more money than what the Steelers were offering. And chances are he looks back with regret that he didn’t stay in Pittsburgh.

  26. The Steelers offered him a fair contract overall money wise but they guaranteed the money on a sliding scale where he would have to earn more guaranteed money each year. Bell wants much more guaranteed up front and the Steelers don’t want to do that because of his holdout/suspension history. People don’t understand that they cannot trade him as he is under no contract. They could not trade him during the offseason unless he agreed to a deal with a new team first but they did not let him talk to other teams because they were negotiating with him at that time. They should have traded him during the final year of his rookie contract but he was suspended that year and his value was less.

  27. melikefootball says:
    September 5, 2018 at 11:12 am
    Hey can’t trade him till he signs, lets not make this about who owns his rights. The Steelers offered him more than a fair deal. Bell forgets sitting out as he does makes his stats not so useful when he decides to hold up another team

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    Has nothing to do it. What it means is there is not ONE NFL team dumb enough to spend a 2nd rd pick and then pay an RB 15 mil per.

    It’s just that simple. The only teams dumb enough would be the Browns or Jets, but the former has their RB, it appears. The Jets will likely wait until next offseason, save the drfat pick and then stupidly back up the Brinks truck, where loser Bell will wither away as a loser that he is, but just in green and white instead of black and gold.

  28. “Wait a minute – where are all the recommendations to trade him if they aren’t going pay him?”

    Facepalm.

    He has not signed his tag contract therefore he is not currently a player on the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    A team cannot trade someone who is not a player on their team.

    What is so hard to understand about that?

  29. Odds are high that, if he shows up and they toss him right in the game, he will suffer a soft tissue injury and be right back out for a length of time.

  30. Doug Miller says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:20 am
    Doug pederson you have officially earned greatest coach in sports history award

    8 59 Rate This

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    Dude, nobody cares. A blind squrrel found a nut AKA Goodell cheated for you. Congratulations.

  31. popcorn ready. pouncey said yesterday bell would show up today. oops. maybe every time bell hears when he’ll show up he doesn’t just to spite whoever said it. great team-mate. smh

    another part of me wonders if the steelers are working a trade behind the scenes. they have restructured a few contracts lately. this situation will get worse before it gets better.

  32. Bell needs to have a good year.
    If he is out of shape it’s not like he can get into shape in a week, it will take several weeks.
    If Bell gets hurt (Hamstring pulled) or doesn’t put up great numbers then it may have some impact on what teams will pay a 27 year old RB.
    He’s cutting it a bit too close.

    Also, it’s not like he’s being screwed, he’s being paid pretty well.
    Its not like a 2nd round pick making 600K his 4th year while being amazing.

  33. I hope he is traded to the Patriots 🙂 If for no other reason than to see what Belichick does to him when he starts acting like this.

    Coach Trippy lets him get away with this but I suspect Belichick wouldn’t. 🙂 Ask Malcolm Butler.

  34. “They won’t pay him what he thinks he’s worth!!!” Waaaaaaa

    Think about that for 2 seconds. You never pay what someone else thinks something is worth, you pay what you feel it’s worth and hope you both come to an agreement.

  35. Just heard an interview with Bell’s agent. Glad I picked up James Connor in the 15th round of my fantasy draft. Doesn’t sound like Bell is showing up any time soon

  36. When was the last time you asked your boss for a raise while pissing on his feet?

    Well when was the last time you were the best in the world at your job?

    This is capitalism, it is business not personal. It is funny to me that people act like teams conduct business while players are just supposed to do what they are told. It is ALL business. He is making a choice that is going to cost him 800 grand a week. That is his choice. He figures it is worth it. Leave the guy alone and be glad football is back for another year

  37. I hope he is traded to the Patriots 🙂 If for no other reason than to see what Belichick does to him when he starts acting like this.

    Coach Trippy lets him get away with this but I suspect Belichick wouldn’t. 🙂 Ask Malcolm Butler.

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    This is the equivalent of Brady doing this.. Let Coach B try not playing Brady to prove a point. It cost him a Super Bowl.. you think the Players are down with that? Come on. The players don’t say anything because they want to keep their jobs but they will never forget that move.

  38. ben dover says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:36 am
    The Steelers handling of this has been atrocious. If you don’t want to pay him trade him. Players sure as hell are not going to be running to play for Pitt if this how they treat one of their best players. The ramifications of this will be bigger than most realize. How do you think players view Oakland/Las Vegas right now?

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    The Steelers reportedly offered him 14m per season over 5 years. Granted no one really knows what was guaranteed- but it still would have made him the highest paid RB in the NFL by a good margin.

    At some point ,regardless of talent, you have to set your max price for a player and stick to it. While a little different as it was free agency- it’s the same the Lions did with Suh- they made him a big offer that made him the highest paid D player in league history, he wanted more, the Lions let him walk and didn’t look back.

    Honestly, while I don’t like it really- sitting out camp, OTA’s ETC is one thing. But, sitting out a game is another. If I’m GM and Bell doesn’t report for week one- I retract any offer and let him walk at the end of the year.

  39. Playing for 13 million dollars isn’t bad though. It’s funny, I play daily fantasy football and I purposely avoided bell. I suppose I can pencil Connor into one my lineups just in case he’s a beast.

  40. “ben dover says:
    September 5, 2018 at 10:36 am
    The Steelers handling of this has been atrocious. If you don’t want to pay him trade him. Players sure as hell are not going to be running to play for Pitt if this how they treat one of their best players. The ramifications of this will be bigger than most realize. How do you think players view Oakland/Las Vegas right now?”

    Such an illogical opinion. First you are assuming they didn’t want to pay him, which is incorrect. By tagging him twice they made him the highest paid RB by far. They also offered three separate contracts that would have made him the highest paid RB by far, he turned them down. So the narrative that they didn’t want him is patently false. Secondly you are assuming they have trade partners willing to give up at least a 2nd round pick for him. If he plays out the season and leaves in FA they will get a comp 3rd for him. They would need more than that to even think about trading him, and he would need to sign the tag. There is no indication that there has been any trade offers for him and he hasn’t signed the tag. So again, patently false. The Steelers have a long history of dealing with players fairly, signing to fair, oftentimes record setting contracts and paying out a higher total contract value than most teams in the league. The one who has bungled this is Lev. The Steelers are a known commodity, he’s someone who has soured himself with his antics, suspensions and holdouts on a consistent basis over the past 3-4 years.

  41. Its funny to see fans post their feelings on this issue when you can clearly see they don’t care one bit about the player. As long as he can score points for their fantasy team, that is all that matters. Put yourself in his shoes for one second and try to understand why its not in his best interest to show up early and allow them to try and run him into the ground knowing that they will not give him a contract. Why would he risk serious injury for this team? They clearly showed that isn’t respected so in his best interest, he will show up week 10, play a few games and then walk out that locker room and go get his money from whoever. What the steelers want shouldn’t even be a consideration at this point. They did what they had to do, now he will do what he has to do.

  42. crusty14 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    How is offering him a 5 year 70 million dollar contract showing him no respect?

    Easy, the guarantee portion of that contract was a joke. So 5 yr 70 mil means nothing at all. Teams just use those numbers to make it seem like they offered something good when they really didn’t.

  43. patrickvwashington says:
    September 5, 2018 at 1:30 pm
    Its funny to see fans post their feelings on this issue when you can clearly see they don’t care one bit about the player.

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    You know that is actually true. Just like fans don’t care about any of these guys’ politics. Fans just want to watch football. That’s it. End of story.

  44. If the Steelers don’t rescind, they are fools. Funny if LB signs, feigns an injury in the 1st game and then goes on IR for the season. It would serve those fools right.

  45. “patrickvwashington says:
    September 5, 2018 at 2:01 pm
    crusty14 says:
    September 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm
    How is offering him a 5 year 70 million dollar contract showing him no respect?

    Easy, the guarantee portion of that contract was a joke. So 5 yr 70 mil means nothing at all. Teams just use those numbers to make it seem like they offered something good when they really didn’t”

    So much is made about the guaranteed money. Look at the history and recent Steelers signings. Players that sign with them realize a much higher total contract value than most any other team in the league. Yes the contract guaranteed money was lower, but that is standard with any contract they do, yet players still receive a higher portion of their contract than most any other team. That’s the guarantee that matters. Guess which team has the first QB to earn 100 million dollars of his contract? That’s right the Steelers. Move along, they know how to pay their players, Bell and his agent/inner circle have not been making smart moves for years now, this is no different.

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