Art Rooney expects Le’Veon Bell to report by Tuesday deadline

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The Steelers remain in the dark regarding running back Le'Veon Bell‘s plans for next Tuesday’s final deadline for showing up and playing in 2018. The team’s owner is equally in the dark, but he thinks he knows what will happen.

“I don’t know what his plans are, but I would say at this point we expect him to come back next week,” Art Rooney II said on SiriusXM NFL Radio, via NFL.com. “We know he’s back in Pittsburgh and so we’re hoping to have some communications with him over the weekend and we’re kind of expecting he will be back next week.”

Bell previously has said he plans to play this year, but that was before he and his agent realized that Bell possibly can skip all of the season and still force the Steelers to apply the quarterback franchise tender in 2019. Now that Bell, who has missed 10 weeks (and lost $8.55 million in pay), realizes that he could guarantee a shot at the open market by giving up roughly $6 million more, maybe he won’t show up.

36 responses to “Art Rooney expects Le’Veon Bell to report by Tuesday deadline

  1. No one realized anything. It’s just a possibility. The reality is that if he sat it’s going to arbitration and if I’m Bell I’m not putting my financial future in the hands of an arbitrator. He’s going to report.

  2. Way too much made of this situation with all the conspiracy theories and CBA interpretations. In the end the most obvious situation will play out… Bell returns in the last week to earn his year and get to FA.

  3. James Connor is a dude you can root for. I’m always for the the worker over a billionaire, but for a dude that would have made 14.8……………Not so much. Go do your thing Connor.

  4. There is no way that the Pittsburgh Rusty Nails will sign this clown after what he has done to the team. You can excuse a one or two week holdout, but now that the half way point of the season is past, there is no reason to disturb team chemistry by introducing one of the most selfish athletes to ever put on athleticware.

  5. When bell comes back, hell be the backup until the end of the season and that will be his final game with the steelers. Steelers don’t need him. Steelers struck gold with conner. Conner will be the steelers starter for a long time. He’s younger better and alot cheaper and he’s a classy guy and a team player. He’s not a selfish diva trying to ruin the team for more money.

  6. Comrade Trump says:
    November 8, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    James Connor is a dude you can root for. I’m always for the the worker over a billionaire, but for a dude that would have made 14.8……………Not so much. Go do your thing Connor.
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    Don;t kid yourself about character and all that stuff.

    4 years from now Connor will be in the exact same boat, looking for more than a one year franchise tag deal from the Steelers.

  7. If he comes back, he would be wise to start kneeling during the anthems. That way when no one signs him next year he can play the victim card with buddies Colon Krapernick and big Eric Reid.

  8. Good luck. The NFL does not value running backs as much they do receivers and quarterbacks. Even a pass rusher makes a lot more money than a running back.

  9. Why would you say guruantee when it isn’t true. If they wanted to they could tag him again. As unlikely as it is they could, so saying it guruantees something is incorrect.. Regardless of the compensation they could tag him again.

  10. Two things are known for sure. Bell forfeited millions – and did so without accomplishing or proving anything.

  11. Bell took a chance and it backfired. Unfortunately for him Connor has run well behind the Steelers line, Steelers are 5-2-1, leading their division, on a 4 game winning streak, and probably heading to the playoffs, so no need for the Steelers to cave.
    Career earnings for Bell will be down as a result ( losing $ 10-$12 Million this year and lowering his free agent value ) But with what he has and will make he should be fine financially and his body will be less beat up.

  12. .
    Exhibit A as to why people have issues with the mainstream media:
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    There’s 32 teams in the NFL. Each team has 53 players for a total of 1,696. Of those 1696 pros, which one has been given the most coverage through the first ten weeks of the season? Exactly,…. The public is entreated to almost daily tales about a guy who’s never played a down. As a matter of fact, he’s never even suited up because the 14.8 million a year offer was an insult.
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  13. vancouversportsbro says:
    November 8, 2018 at 8:11 pm
    If he comes back, he would be wise to start kneeling during the anthems. That way when no one signs him next year he can play the victim card with buddies Colon Krapernick and big Eric Reid.

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    It’s understandable that the protesting upsets a lot of people, but this thinking is just stupid. Kaepernick’s position that he has been ousted because of his protesting is almost certainly correct. Anyone who has seen Nathan Peterman or half the backups in the league throw a football knows that, on talent alone, Kaepernick is good enough to be on a team. He’s not on one because he took a risk and it cost him his career. He didn’t start protesting just to protect his image in case he got cut. That’s a preposterous notion.

    I get the hate for Kaepernick, but when you start just making things up like that, all you do is make yourself look ridiculous. It’s obvious that Kaepernick is unsigned because of his protesting. Whether that’s right or wrong is a totally different question, but to suggest that he is a free agent because he’s not good enough and he’s only making excuses now is silly. We all know why he’s unemployed.

  14. They are assuming he shows up by Tuesday. At this point that is the only assumption left in regards to him playing this year. They also assumed he would show up the first day after preseason like his agent said he would, and they were wrong. They assumed he would show up during the bye week, like was leaked by MJD, but they were wrong. Now they are assuming because it’s the last chance for him to get paid this year, if I’m betting, they are going to be wrong again.

  15. Geez. Watching the game, you’d think the Steelers are trying to send a message that every RB will be better than Bell.

  16. “4 years from now Connor will be in the exact same boat, looking for more than a one year franchise tag deal from the Steelers.”

    One year on the franchise tag sets up any reasonable person for life so they never have to work another day again if they don’t want to. No you can’t quite just wildly spend any amount of money you want whenever you want all day long every day, but its not that far removed from that. Especially when you add in previous earnings that he’ll have and can make in following years.

  17. I expect Bell to do the dumbest thing possible. Why would he start making a wise move now? Taking $14.55M as an insult shows how clueless he is. No team is going to give him what he thinks he’s worth–NONE. In fact, he’ll likely get less now that Conner has showed he’s replaceable with a 2nd round pick. He may have less wear and tear on his body this year but he’ll be a year closer to 30. He’s not going to get a contract big enough to make up for throwing away all that money this year. Given how this guy makes decisions, he’ll probably be broke one year after he is done playing.

  18. harrisonhits2 says:
    November 8, 2018 at 9:37 pm

    One year on the franchise tag sets up any reasonable person for life so they never have to work another day again if they don’t want to.
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    If you play in the league you can eschew the big guaranteed salary elsewhere and just be content with a year to year deal, but no RB in the NFL is ever going to do that.

  19. I hope this guy stays home. Connor is a guy everyone can get behind. Selfless and just works his butt off. Let LeVeon go out there and see what he can get. Guaranteed he won’t get anywhere close to 14 million/year.
    He drastically overplayed his hand and clearly has no idea how to properly use leverage.
    He scored a 17 on the wonderlic so I guess this is no surprise.

  20. In retrospective we can probably say that Bell is perhaps more talented than Conner, but at this point is also evident that the major success of any RB in Pittsburgh is due to a strong OL. I’m sure that Bell will eventually sign for a team, but he will not get as much money as he thought that he was going to make. At this point Bell should fire his agent and hire Bradford’s agent if he wants a big payout.

  21. I love how people were on bell’s side, especially when earl thomas went down. Nothing has changed, and bell stuck to his guns, but people just straight up turned on him. Crazy.

  22. bell gambled and it backfired. Can’t really blame him running backs are underpaid and dont have a long shelve life. It would be best if he stayed away at this point, Pitt wont tag him again they will let him be a free agent. He can sign with a team. He will still be wanted I would say the jets or colts him coming back now will cause a rift in the locker room. And Conner is a great story but to say Conner wont want to be paid when he is a free agent is retarded running backs get paid like garbage and they put there body through hell.

  23. jman967 exactly I don’t think he will especially now when it says they would have to pay him on the QB franchise tag

  24. I’m really hoping that if there was any owner that needed a wake up call that James Conner was it and that no owner should give this jerk the amount of money he wants. I can see him getting an offer for half and he will be in the next collusion case.

  25. 8 weeks into the season and the Agent and bell figure out that they can get the QB tender??? What the heck kind of agent does he have ??? This is so lame…

  26. Comrade Trump says:
    November 8, 2018 at 7:41 pm
    James Connor is a dude you can root for. I’m always for the the worker over a billionaire, but for a dude that would have made 14.8……………Not so much. Go do your thing Connor.

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    For the last damned time, it’s CONNER, not Connor. Is spelling really that difficult?

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