Art Rooney II has nothing more to say about Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell

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The Steelers have lost two of their best players this month, arguably due to their own mismanagement of the relationships with both players. To little surprise, then, owner Art Rooney II declined to address Antonio Brown or Le'Veon Bell in a Friday conference call with reporters.

“We are excited about the players we have and are going to have in the building, and are looking forward to getting started on the 2019 season,” Rooney said, via Mark Kaboly of TheAthletic.com.

Though the two key players who had been in the building have made for the exits, the issues that contributed to their departures potentially remain. As to Brown, the team allowed over a period of eight years a sixth-round pick from Central Michigan to parlay stellar performances and an unmatched on-field work ethic into doing whatever he wanted to do when it came to when he would show up for work. As to Bell, the team’s stubborn refusal to guarantee money beyond the first year of a long-term contract kept the player from swapping a one-year guaranteed franchise tender for a multi-year commitment and, ultimately, to choose to not play football at all in 2018. Regardless of how anyone feels about Bell’s decision and the contract he signed last week with the Jets, the Steelers — who paid Bell $12.1 million in 2017 and were willing to pay him $14.54 million in 2018 — would still have Bell under contract if they had been willing to offer Bell the sum of those two amounts, fully guaranteed, in 2017.

Rooney’s decision to conduct a conference call with reporters comes as owners and media prepare to descend on Arizona for the league’s annual meetings. Rooney possibly hopes that the over-the-phone Q&A will keep him from getting grilled by an in-person scrum. But whether it’s Rooney or coach Mike Tomlin or G.M. Kevin Colbert, plenty of questions remain regarding whether the Steelers will make changes as to how they will deal with future star players who the Steelers presumably would prefer to keep in black and gold.

39 responses to “Art Rooney II has nothing more to say about Antonio Brown, Le’Veon Bell

  1. A couple years ago the Eagles lost two of their best players too. Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. Many of the same things that are being said about the Steelers now, were being said about the Eagles then. But then a funny thing happened. The Eagles, after dropping all that baggage, soared like Eagles and won the super bowl. I guess getting rid of all that baggage helped the Eagles finally win their first world championship. We were wrong about the Eagles, and I guess we’ll find out if we’re wrong about the Steelers. I still don’t read a lot of people admitting they were wrong about the Eagles. I also don’t see a lot of people learning from their own mistakes.

  2. Gee, I don’t have any such questions; just want the team to be the best it can be with what they have in 2019. Since your two good friends aren’t there, maybe you would like to ask irrelevant questions, but not “us”. The “us” represents almost all Steeler fans. Take it to the bank.

  3. You got a 3rd and a 5th for AB and you’re going to get a 5th for Bell.

    Something upstairs needs to be fixed.

  4. The Steelers thought that Bell would sign the $14.5 franchise tag last season and then Tomlin would “run him until the wheels came off” as he is wont to do. It is as simple as that.

  5. The Steelers draft well and reload their roster with good players, so they can’t afford to give guaranteed money for years to come while staying under the salary cap. Especially when a player has a history of suspensions like Bell.

  6. The Steelers will act like professionals (as Rooney did) when addressing this situation, unlike bird chest and bell who ran their mouths. I think the Steelers will be less tolerant of slack player behavior, and may in fact make some changes in their contract negotiations for certain players. This is a winning organization that should continue in that tradition. But the thing they have to do is quit losing to the 1-2 teams they should beat every year. That is on Tomlin.

  7. Rooney better be guaranteeing STEELER NATION a SB win this year after the way he and Colbert mishandled both these situations. They went soft approach on that DIVA WR when they were in absolute control and did not have to bow down to him. STEELER NATION is watching fella.

  8. Most overrated owner in NFL History…..his dad and grandpa are rolling over in their graves at the mess this clown has made in Yinzburgh.

  9. Getting rid of Brown and Bell is addition by subtraction for the Steelers. The two teams these clowns went to will likely experience subtraction by addition.

  10. Suspension, injuries, another suspension, the debacle of 2018. But it is the Steelers who are wrong for not wanting to guarantee Bell $26 million? Maybe they were hedging their bets instead of just giving the player whatever he wanted.

  11. A couple years ago the Eagles lost two of their best players too. Desean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. Many of the same things that are being said about the Steelers now, were being said about the Eagles then. But then a funny thing happened. The Eagles, after dropping all that baggage, soared like Eagles and won the super bowl. I guess getting rid of all that baggage helped the Eagles finally win their first world championship. We were wrong about the Eagles, and I guess we’ll find out if we’re wrong about the Steelers. I still don’t read a lot of people admitting they were wrong about the Eagles. I also don’t see a lot of people learning from their own mistakes.

    Man, Jackson and McCoy aren’t even close to Brown and Bell, but I most definitely see your point. Connor and JuJu can ALMOST replace them. Im a Buffalo fan, and Pitt can lose both those guys and still probably is better than us.

  12. Nate Washington, Randle El, Ward, Holmes, Sanders, Wallace, Bryant, AB…..just time for some new tires again for the Mercedes Ben!

  13. Big chest won’t be showing up for work whenever he wants with Gruden…

    As they say, be careful what you wish for, you might just get it.

  14. tomthebombtracy says:
    March 23, 2019 at 10:27 am
    Nate Washington, Randle El, Ward, Holmes, Sanders, Wallace, Bryant, AB…..just time for some new tires again for the Mercedes Ben!

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    sure, the same mercedes that threw 5 picks vs jacksonville? the same ben thats wants ALL the credit, and when things go south, blame the other “52 kids” colbert says he is stuck with. the same ben that was gifted a SB by the refs, and got another one bc santonio holmes made the play somehow. Ben IS the problem.

  15. The Steelers have lot alot without bell and arguably play their best football as underdogs.

    If Tomlin coaches and prepares the team like he did vs the Pats and Saints every week they could win a superbowl next year.

    If Tomlin coaches and prepares the team like he did vs the Raiders, he and Ben will be gone and they will have the #1 pick.

  16. Ben IS the problem.

    Now that comment suggests you don’t watch much football. Heads up its on every Sunday starting in September…give it a try it will help from saying something obtuse again.

  17. Why should he say one word they are gone, they showed their character, as everyone no matter what teams you are for blames ownership for actions of a few. These type players with the Hollier than thow attitude continue to take the NFL backwards. He you hate a team fine but the self-importance self entitled players take away for the NFL player that have some character. Till owners get together and finally see the league does not need this these players will continue to see themselves more important than the game

  18. Well it looks like Rooney is drinking the special coolaid courtesy of Mike Tomlin … the standard is in fact the standard… Grow a pair Art 3 and can his a$$ while there is a few years left during Bens run … the Tomzack and Brister and Maddox era is about to come again and it might be smart to go for it right now … before we loose him

  19. How is guaranteeing all of that money looking for the Rams now for an RB? Not to mention he’s a puff away from a year suspension, I think the Steelers were more than reasonable there. The Brown situation is a different animal and still points to Roethlisberger’s poor leadership; however, Brown was hardly an angel in the situation either. In the same way, I think that they’ve proven that they can replace production at the position going back over ten years now.

  20. realfootballfan says:
    March 23, 2019 at 1:48 pm
    How is guaranteeing all of that money looking for the Rams now for an RB? Not to mention he’s a puff away from a year suspension, I think the Steelers were more than reasonable there. The Brown situation is a different animal and still points to Roethlisberger’s poor leadership; however, Brown was hardly an angel in the situation either. In the same way, I think that they’ve proven that they can replace production at the position going back over ten years now.

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    what about james harrison? one of the most passionate players ever and he hated his team in pittsburgh so bad he slept in meetings to force his release. steelers fans are in denial. cmon 2019, i cant wait for the afc north results.

  21. Nofoolnodrool says:
    March 23, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Ben IS the problem.

    Now that comment suggests you don’t watch much football. Heads up its on every Sunday starting in September…give it a try it will help from saying something obtuse again.

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    yea ok buddy. cmon 2019. youll see.

  22. Nofoolnodrool says:
    March 23, 2019 at 11:45 am
    Ben IS the problem.

    Now that comment suggests you don’t watch much football. Heads up its on every Sunday starting in September…give it a try it will help from saying something obtuse again.

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    Yeah that 22.6 QB rating he had in the SB agianst Seattle was awesome!

  23. how can everybody say the Steelers did not step up with Bell .Facts are facts . Bill constantly reneged on his arrival date. I would like to know the facts of why that was. Bell vowed to reset the NFL’s running back market in 2019 after refusing to play for the Steelers in 2018, and he did just that.
    He set it back.
    The details of Bell’s four-year, $52.5 million contract with the New York Jets have been reported, and it’s even worse than it first looked
    Bell will earn $26 million in the first two years of the contract, $25 million of it guaranteed, according to NFL Network. There is no other guaranteed money in his deal.The five-year, $70 million deal the Steelers offered him last summer that he turned down included $33 million in the first two years, $20.5 million of that guaranteed in the first year, as reported by CBS’ Jason LaCanfora.
    Thus, Bell may have set another NFL precedent – the first player in history to hold out an entire season for less money.
    The Jets reportedly were the only ones bidding on Bell, and he had nowhere else to turn when he accepted their deal Monday night. It is far below the annual $17 million he once predicted he would get and not even close to the virtual guarantees he would have received from the Steelers.I think his decision went up in smoke.

  24. Tom says:

    The Steelers draft well and reload their roster with good players, so they can’t afford to give guaranteed money for years to come while staying under the salary cap. Especially when a player has a history of suspensions like Bell.
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    THIS! ^ This is the history of a franchise that has been tremendously successful for half a century. And Kevin Colbert has been the GM for 40 percent of those successful years, so I’ll go with his record over the opinions of the armchair analysts commenting here. As for Tomlin letting Brown do whatever he wanted for years, obviously not. It’s been reported that Brown was given some perks. But Tomlin sitting him for a game is what set off his mad dash for the exit. The Steelers have been fortunate to have consistent ownership since 1933. Fans of teams that have been perennial losers or keep moving from town to town would love to have the same consistency. No team wins a championship every year. The Patriots have built an extraordinary dynasty on the coaching and QB skills of Belichick and Brady. But they still don’t win a title every year. And apparently the ones they do win aren’t particularly satisfying or their fans wouldn’t spend most of their time on Pittsburgh pages ranting about what the Steelers are doing.

  25. Karma is real, so we have to be on the cusp of Brown and Bell getting arrested. Pittsburgh didn’t give either of you the world because you’re both entitled divas with looming suspension threats.

  26. He has nothing more to say about Bell and Brown. He has a meeting scheduled some place in Florida with Robert Kraft.

  27. Why would anyone in the organization answer questions about Brown and Bell any more? They are gone and are no longer this organization’s concern. Ben, Tomlin, and anyone else from the Steelers are going to answer similar questions the same way.

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