Steelers linemen slam Le'Veon Bell over holdout

Tyler Owen
September 6, 2018

And so, as Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell closes in on possibly skipping regular-season games and the $855,000 checks that go along with them, he can do that for 10 total weeks and still become eligible for free agency in 2019.

"What do you do?"

Before you start barkin', just hear me out.

"He's making seven times what I make twice as much as (left tackle) Al (Villanueva) is making and we're the guys who do it for him".

"He f--ed us", one veteran told ESPN as he walked out of the locker room on Wednesday.

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A standout football player in high school, Bell later played college football at Michigan State University from 2010 to 2012 and opted to enter the 2013 NFL Draft after his junior season, ultimately being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round. In a separate appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bakari said he and Bell want to know what Pittsburgh's plans are for the running back in regards to workload. Bakari said he wanted to know what GM Kevin Colbert and head coach Mike Tomlin's plan would be for Bell this year. Drafted 48th overall in 2013, Bell is a two-time first-team All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowler who has racked up almost 8,000 yards from scrimmage and 42 total touchdowns in 62 career games. Both players ripped Bell publicly (you can read the full comments here and here). Why let your agent say this?

"Right now, we're just dealing with the aspect of, 'Are you going to do it for us or are you really going to wait it out?' Because this is one of those things where we as an offensive line, as a team - Pounce urged him to come in and now nothing". But when he still didn't show up, their patience ran out. "Obviously, we've had guys go down before him - even myself - and had guys that stepped up and played a major role".

He signed a four-year contract worth $4.1 million (£3.1m) in June 2013 and later had a franchise tag placed on him by the Pittsburgh Steelers in February 2017. This team needs to be on the same page but we are still forced to talk about non football issues and not the Cleveland Browns.

Remember when Bell was going through a similar dance last season and said he should be paid as if he were the Steelers' No. 2 wide receiver behind Antonio Brown?

Oh, boy. We knew Bell was holding out, but the assumption all along was that he would follow the plan laid out previous year, when he refused to sign his franchise tag until the final week before the start of the season, before reporting in time for Week 1.

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