Mike Tomlin: I’m not talking about Le’Veon Bell

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Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says he’s done talking about Le'Veon Bell.

When a reporter asked Tomlin at his Tuesday press conference about Bell, the unsigned franchise running back who has missed the first three games and given no indication that he’ll show up to work any time soon, Tomlin shut the question down.

“I’m not talking Le’Veon. I’m just not. There’s nothing new to add,” Tomlin said.

Bell would be making $855,000 a week if he had signed his franchise tag, so by declining to sign Bell has walked away from $2.565 million so far. He’s not expected to show up this week, which will run the total to $3.42 million.

There’s been talk that the Steelers might trade Bell in an effort to get something back from a player who seems determined to leave in free agency. But Tomlin isn’t talking about that until it happens.

36 responses to “Mike Tomlin: I’m not talking about Le’Veon Bell

  1. If I were AB, I would tone it down. Given we keep breeding stud WRs and now beast McDonald finally healthy, Tori Spelling will be getting more looks.

  2. Just when arch nemesis Pats finally can’t string 2 first downs together, dysfunctional Steelers can’t beat Browns nor even string 2 press conferences together without tripping. Poetic.

  3. .
    Like Washington with Kirk Cousins, the Steelers brought the Le’Veon Bell situation upon themselves. They should have followed the Patriots model. It says that if you feel that you cannot sign a guy at a livable number then it’s best to move him for the best available deal. Even though you may not be able to recoup equal value in return, you gain by eliminating the distraction.

    Although the trade that sent WR Brandin Cooks to the Rams for IR’d 1st round pick Isaiah Wynn looks woefully lopsided right now. It was still the right long term move as they were never going to pay Cooks 16 million a year They traded a one year rental for a guy who they hoped could be fixture on the Oline for a decade while avoiding the circus encompassing new contracts for star players.
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  4. Considering Bell isn’t under contract as a Steelers player, why would he? Bell doesn’t play for the Steelers any more, he will be a Patriot soon enough.

  5. Who would take Bell at this point? I would not take a high priced player on my team that is content taking the team hostage. He would be a high risk signing. I do not think the Steelers will get much for him if they trade him. They are better off letting him sit, it isn’t costing them anything.

  6. If B ell does not get traded if he signs he will be a free agent next season. So when someone signs him next year the Steelers will get a Comp 3rd round pick for the 2020 draft. The Steelers will not trade him if and when he signs for any less.

  7. dryzzt23 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 5:46 am
    Bell is a cancer. The Steelers will be better off without him.
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    Why is Bell a cancer? Because he played out his undervalued rookie contract? Because he decided he doesn’t want to sign the contract the Steelers offered? Only $10 million in full gaurantees over 5 years? Or because he doesn’t want to sign the one year franchise tag contract offered? When did exercising your rights to refuse a contract offer make a person a cancer comrade? This is still America right?

  8. Hey, Tomlin is becoming Belichick. In the press conference area I mean. Not coaching. Finally getting it huh Mikey? It’s like the guys in Stillwater said about journalists, they are the enemy.

  9. cletuspstillwaterjr says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Who would take Bell at this point? I would not take a high priced player on my team that is content taking the team hostage. He would be a high risk signing. I do not think the Steelers will get much for him if they trade him. They are better off letting him sit, it isn’t costing them anything.

    Not costing them anything but a winning season. With bell they have a balanced offense and someone teams HAVE to gameplan for. Now teams don’t even worry about conner because he’s barely average.

  10. I am all for people getting the most they can get. That being said, 3.42 Million is far more than the average man will make in his lifetime never the less for a month of work. I don’t know who is providing Mr. Bell advice but they should be fired.

  11. harrisonhits2 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:22 am
    Considering Bell isn’t under contract as a Steelers player, why would he? Bell doesn’t play for the Steelers any more, he will be a Patriot soon enough.

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    If you want to be a chump fan of the team that shells out $$$ on him, go for it.

  12. nivekred says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:35 am

    If Bell does not get traded if he signs he will be a free agent next season. So when someone signs him next year the Steelers will get a Comp 3rd round pick for the 2020 draft. The Steelers will not trade him if and when he signs for any less.

    This is False and has been reported as false. There is a net 0 effect between FA’s who signed in PITT and who left, so they would not get a compensatory pick if he just leaves in FA.

  13. Nivekred, you are wrong on that one. It depends on what level of FA’s the Steelers sign and what players they loss. It could be very well the Steelers don’t get a comp pick but it could still be a 3rd rounder. Won’t know until next spring.

  14. patrickvwashington says:
    September 26, 2018 at 8:11 am
    nivekred says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:35 am
    If Bell does not get traded if he signs he will be a free agent next season. So when someone signs him next year the Steelers will get a Comp 3rd round pick for the 2020 draft. The Steelers will not trade him if and when he signs for any less.
    This is False and has been reported as false. There is a net 0 effect between FA’s who signed in PITT and who left, so they would not get a compensatory pick if he just leaves in FA.
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    Go back and read the article again. The net zero free agent effect is if they pull the franchise tag from Bell in 2018 and applies to the 2019 draft. If they keep Bell for 2018 and he signs a free agent deal in 2019, then the Steelers would get a comp pick in 2020 that is contingent on whether the Steelers sign any free agents in 2019.

  15. The bell saga is over. He had his chance to sign and blew it. Have fun with the Jets or seahawks. Take the 3rd round compensatory pick and trade him of something of value or rescind the tag. Time to move on!

  16. jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:58 am
    Pats fans out in full force. Tomlin is living rent free in your heads. I love it.

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    I know right? Pats fans realize that Mike is the undisputed best coach in the entire NFL.

  17. If only he had kept his mouth shut from the beginning.
    I also don’t understand the running tally of how much money Bell could have made.
    He’s holding out. No need to keep going “But look he could’ve had this!”.

  18. Nofoolnodrool says:

    September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am

    jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:58 am
    Pats fans out in full force. Tomlin is living rent free in your heads. I love it.

    ————-

    I know right? Pats fans realize that Mike is the undisputed best coach in the entire NFL.


    That’s what makes it even more enjoyable. There is no reason to be obsessed with him, but here you are, hanging on his every word. Completely senseless.

  19. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am

    jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:58 am
    Pats fans out in full force. Tomlin is living rent free in your heads. I love it.

    ————-

    I know right? Pats fans realize that Mike is the undisputed best coach in the entire NFL.

    C’mon man. Even you don’t truly believe that.

  20. jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 10:24 am
    Nofoolnodrool says:

    September 26, 2018 at 9:45 am

    jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 6:58 am
    Pats fans out in full force. Tomlin is living rent free in your heads. I love it.

    ————-

    I know right? Pats fans realize that Mike is the undisputed best coach in the entire NFL.


    That’s what makes it even more enjoyable. There is no reason to be obsessed with him, but here you are, hanging on his every word. Completely senseless.

    ——–
    So you are saying the I am obsessed with my own team’s coach?

  21. Bell and Tomlin should go on the road as a comedy team. Everyone laughs at them. They’re the biggest joke in football.

  22. cletuspstillwaterjr says:

    September 26, 2018 at 6:23 am

    “I would not take a high priced player on my team that is content taking the team hostage…”

    Bell honored his rookie deal…The Steelers in unprecedented fashion prevented him from hitting free agency to earn a max contract 2 years in a row…and Bells holding them hostage…#unreal

  23. @sukitspanos says:

    I am all for people getting the most they can get. That being said, 3.42 Million is far more than the average man will make in his lifetime never the less for a month of work. I don’t know who is providing Mr. Bell advice but they should be fired.
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    No you’re not “all for people getting the most they can get”. Otherwise you wouldn’t be silly enough to compare NFL wages, contracts and negotiations to the “average man”. There is nothing average about NFL compensation that compares to the 9 to 5 world.

  24. jman967 says:
    September 26, 2018 at 11:17 am
    We know you’re not a Steeler fan. You can say it all you want…

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    You obviously don’t know squat fanboy

  25. Here we go. Another daily non-update on Bell. Comments are the same everyday. Let it go. He’s no longer in football.

  26. There will be teams this off-season that offer him something similar to what Gurley received. He is that good. The only way he jeopardizes that is if he gets hurt.
    That’s why he doesn’t show up for the 14 mil now. There is a contract with 30-45 mil guaranteed next off-season.
    He isn’t showing up until week 10 unless Pittsburgh trades him or rescinds the franchise offer.
    His future team might even appreciate the year off to refresh his body.
    It’s not personal, just business.

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