Le'Veon Bell Skips Steelers Meeting, Holdout Could Extend Into The Season

Le'Veon Bell Skips Steelers Meeting, Holdout Could Extend Into The Season

Bell has not signed his $14.5 million franchise tender and can not play until he does so. "I'm excited. Anytime I can play football, I don't take it for granted".

A source told ESPN that the Steelers have no plans to rescind Bell's tender, and league sources say a trade would be hard to execute because of Bell's position and teams' unwillingness to inherit a franchise-tagged player. But make no mistake, Pittsburgh needs him to dethrone the New England Patriots and get back to the Super Bowl for the first time since 2010.

But the frustration has now leaked into the locker room to the point where players now appear to be on management's side - or at least they're not respecting the way Bell is going about his holdout, seemingly leaving many of them in the dark on his plans.

I won't be taking Bell before Round 3 in my drafts, which means I am okay not having Bell on my teams. (Second-year running back James) Conner looks great. "At this point, we got [James] Conner".

In his first five seasons, Bell has average 128.9 total yards per game, the highest for any player since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970.

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Until Bell shows up that no-trade clause is also a not-gettin'-paid clause.

"James is a year better than he was last year at this time", quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said.

"We'll figure that out when he comes", Pouncey said. "We prep for the guys that are here and want to be here and work as a unit to get a "W" on Sunday". His days as a feature back ended the next season, and he has played in three games combined over the past two years.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports some Steelers teammates, including veteran guard Ramon Foster, are not happy with Bell's decision to remain away from the team. "That's as real as I can be". Or maybe they just wish they knew what Bell's plan was if holding out into the regular season was his strategy all along.

As it stands, James Conner, a 2017 third-round pick, will earn his first National Football League start on Sunday, and veteran Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels will serve as his backups. "I just hate it came to this".

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