Le’Veon Bell says he never intended to miss whole season, wants to play, win for Steelers

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will play football this season and says it was always his intention to do so.

Bell told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com that he will return to the Steelers during the team’s bye in Week Seven. He expects to be ready to play in time for Pittsburgh Week Eight against the Cleveland Browns. Of course, he will have to sign his franchise tender in order to return to the team and be able to play.

Bell said he hasn’t played for the Steelers thus far because he didn’t want to put another high volume workload season on his body before he has a chance to reach free agency after this season.

“It sucks having to sit out football,” Bell said. “I want to play. I want to win games and the playoffs.

“But I’ve gotta take this stand. Knowing my worth and knowing I can tear a ligament or get surgery at any time, I knew I couldn’t play 16 games with 400 or more touches.”

Bell has averaged 27-28 touches per game he’s played over the last two seasons. His 406 rushes and receptions last season was a career high.

Bell hopes his future remains with the Steelers and noted he wants to ultimately retire as a member of the franchise. However, he still wants a contract to represent his value sufficiently and believes the guaranteed money he seeks will be readily available next March when he becomes a free agent.

“I know the guaranteed money will be there (in March),” Bell said. “If a team wanted to, they could definitely do what they needed to do to make me happy and satisfied.”

23 responses to “Le’Veon Bell says he never intended to miss whole season, wants to play, win for Steelers

  1. Have fun walking into the locker room. You know, the locker room that will be full of the Steeler players that you left hanging because of your greed. They’ve paid you 45 mil already and you will(probably) cash in again after the season. But it wasn’t enough to get you to show up. Despicable.

  2. No need to apologize Le’Veon. The Steelers franchise tagged you as a business decision and you passed up $855,000 a game to preserve your body as a business decision. I see nothing wrong here.

  3. He is a fool. He will never see the contract that he thinks he is worth. He will never make up the amount of money that he has lost while has boycotted for the last couple of years. The rb position has been devalued. LeSean McCoy (8 million) and Jerick McKinnon (7.5 million) are the highest paid rbs in the nfl. Bell (14.5 million) makes 6 million more a year than they do. Bell is a great player but no way in the world anyone will pay him over 10 million a year guaranteed as he expects.I also think he forgot the fact that he has failed multiple drug tests and if he fails another he will be facing a year or more suspension. I think that his agent is giving him poor advice.

  4. at the end of the day, how can anyone blame him for what he is doing ? he has a highly specialized skill. call me a loser, but I just enjoyed watching about 20 hours of football on my sweet samsung rig.

  5. he didn’t want to put another high volume workload season on his body before he has a chance to reach free agency after this season.
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    I told my boss this same thing and he said “get your a** back to work or you won’t have to worry about the “heavy workload” anymore.
    Bell signed a contract and I would guess there were no restrictions on how much work he would be required to do. He should have realized that “if” he was the premier player on the team, he would be required to “do his job” and carry the workload required of a premier player. He is so worried about next year, he should be worried about how this looks to other teams. Sign a 4-5 year contract and only get 1-2 years!
    What a piece of work.

  6. I haven’t followed this very closely, but I think I read that besides losing game checks that Bell is also being fined each games that he misses by the Steelers. From the numbers that I remember, unless the Steelers waive the fines, at some point in the season (maybe game 10). Bell will be playing this season for free.

    Second, If I understood a post earlier this week, Losing game checks this year means that his (120%) transition tag number next year is reduced for each game he misses. Again, as I recall, it seems that I heard Pittsburgh can now tag him again next year for less than the $14M that he was supposed to make for this year. If this is true, why not tag him again and just wait him out? If he was tagable at $14M to the organization then he should also be tagable at $13M.

    Do I have this right?

  7. There isn’t a team in the league that’s going to pay Bell what he thinks he’s worth, especially after the way he’s handled this situation

  8. If he gets hurt now, he will have forfeited over 5M. You can hurt on any play. Getting hurt now is worse than getting hurt earlier.

    As far as ‘mileage’, no one really knows that effect. Could be right but at the cost of respect? How many millions does one need? He has enough to live comfortably forever, but now he as an asterisk next to his name.

  9. Step One: Fire Your Agent
    Step Two: Apologize to your teammates
    Step Three: Accept the 5 year 70 million dollar contract that was offered to you
    Step Four: Show up and play football
    Step Five: Stay away from social media

  10. So he has a career high in touches last year and now all of a sudden he thinks it will happen every year so he holds out. I wonder if his new team will be worried about Bell’s desire to limit his workload.

    So on one hand, he’s concerned about his workload, which has made him a lot of money. On the other hand, he wants to make even more money and have a lighter workload.

  11. If Mike Tomlin puts this guy on the field, he will betray everything that is meaningful and decent about sportsmanship. Bell has held this team hostage and humiliated the owner, the coach, the players, and the fans all because of a warped sense of greed. He knows he could be hurt in week one or on the final play of the Super Bowl (as if) and yet he lies to Pittsburgh, acting as if career ending injuries are somehow the result of playing too many games. Give me a break. Steelers need to grow a pair.

  12. Dude you can’t tear anything at anytime. He just wants his mo yeah before it happens. I get it but you gotta understand why teams don’t want to sign you to what you “think” you’re worth. You are only worth what a team is willing to pay you

  13. All the crybaby sour grape steeler fans will call this guy a selfish POS will be the same people that forget it the minute he make his first scamper for a td when he returns. Let’s be honest Conner is a crusty turd next to this guy. The Steelers aren’t the same team without him. In the words of Teddy KGB “ pay him, pay that man his money “. Earl Thomas proved everything he’s standing for, he’s doing the smart thing for himself and it may still cost him once he comes back so keep that in mind before you mindlessly label him selfish.

  14. Guy doesn’t care about any team or winning, just how much money is in his wallet. While I think we all can agree that we want as much money in our wallets as possible, we can also agree that, if you cared nothing about the job, and your boss offered you a huge raise of guaranteed money…. your work ethic would likely decline. Key words here being that Bell doesn’t care about the job, just the money. He will get his money and fall off the face of the earth.

  15. Then shut up and sign the damn tag! I hope they rescind it and let him waste a season watching them from his couch!

  16. supernaturalseahawks says:
    October 2, 2018 at 2:21 am
    He is a fool. He will never see the contract that he thinks he is worth. He will never make up the amount of money that he has lost while has boycotted for the last couple of years. The rb position has been devalued. LeSean McCoy (8 million) and Jerick McKinnon (7.5 million) are the highest paid rbs in the nfl. Bell (14.5 million) makes 6 million more a year than they do. Bell is a great player but no way in the world anyone will pay him over 10 million a year

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    So….are you saying that Todd Gurley and David Johnson aren’t running backs? Or are you pretending that they don’t exist? What’s the story here??

  17. I haven’t followed this very closely, but I think I read that besides losing game checks that Bell is also being fined each games that he misses by the Steelers. From the numbers that I remember, unless the Steelers waive the fines, at some point in the season (maybe game 10). Bell will be playing this season for free.

    Do I have this right?
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    No. He is not under contract, so he can’t be fined. He has only an offer at this time, which is defined by the franchise tag.

    His transition tag may be less next year, but that tag allows him the ability to negotiate with

  18. ienjoymostsports says:
    October 2, 2018 at 12:54 am
    I hope they pull the offer or trade him.
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    am over simplification in your part lets examine your choices

    pull the Tag and let Bell Walk.
    unlike you the Steelers know they have a valuable commodity, they will not let him walk out the door with no compensation. if they singed multiple FA this year, the team will not get a comp pick for him either.

    Trade him –> no team is going to give up anything of high value.( or should be stupid enough to do so) given the fact that teams can’t negotiate (give a contract extension) with players during the season (when a players is on the tag). More then likely he will walk out the door (trading team) and sign elsewhere. So your 3rd or 2nd round pick you gave Pitt will be used for 9-10 games.

  19. Welcome back Le’Veon! Great news we traded you to the Jets. Here’s your plane ticket

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