David DeCastro backpedals after strong words about Le'Veon Bell

Justin GreeneSep 07, 2018

The Steelers were prepared for Le'Veon Bell's absence in Week 1, and earlier this week named James Conner their starting running back in Sunday's matchup against the Browns.

The Steelers have the option of doing so. It's one thing to play an National Basketball Association bum Bismack Biyombo $16 million per year - which ought to be punishable as a crime, by the way - but setting aside $14.54 million for one player on one big NFL roster with the abstract expectation that he'll take the deal just kinda whenever is a disastrous business decision.

With the situation between Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers getting uglier by the day, it's become pretty clear that Bell is going to miss at least one game this season, if not more.

I won't speculate on what prompted a reverse of course but I'm sure the organization didn't appreciate all these players throwing their teammate under the bus.

"I'd be speculating like you guys are speculating", Tomlin said. Because their contracts aren't guaranteed, they are routinely cut when teams realize that they can get similar production from a younger, cheaper player. "I just hate it came to this". They wouldn't have offered him $14.5 million for the year if it wouldn't.

Agent Adisa Bakari, who represents Bell, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday that his client will "get there when he's there" and still intends to make this the best statistical season of his career. If the Steelers were only following CBA rules by offering Bell the one-year deal, why should Bell be vilified for following the same rules? Bell's 406 touches led the National Football League in 2017. "Any time I can play football, I don't take it for granted".

What the Steelers can wait for at this point is Bell to join them. "I've got an opportunity for Sunday and I can't wait for it". He can still technically accrue a full year of service time if he reports by Week 10.

Whatever Bell's plan is, he isn't telling. If Bell arrives in time to hop on is anyone's guess. "As long as we win, I'm cool". "We'd like to have him out there, but we have guys that can make plays for us". Bill Belichick alone goes through players like a wheat thresher and he is generally lauded for his willingness to be nakedly disloyal.

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