Published: Thu, September 06, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Mike Tomlin being tested by Le’Veon Bell’s holdout

Mike Tomlin being tested by Le’Veon Bell’s holdout

That is, until Bell opted not to show up this week. He has until 4pm EST on Saturday, September 8 to officially report to the team or face a weekly loss of $852,941 (£659,498) from his contract for as long as he holds out.

Conner will start in Bell's place in Week 1 against the Browns. "We also know how he's been utilized in the past by the Steelers organization", Bakari told NFL Live.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, implied that the 26-year-old could sit out well into the season.

Drawing from my own NFL experiences and assessing Bell's current standing in this league, I think the three-time Pro Bowler has earned the right to receive a big payday - and sitting out until November 13 gives him the best opportunity to do that as a free agent next March. One of those teammates is veteran offensive lineman Ramon Foster, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette. "Right now we're just singularly focused on the guys that are here and working and who have been here and working". "I just hate it came to this".

"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".

Tell us how you really feel. Clearly, that has not happened, and reports Bell is unlikely to play in Week 1. That production came off many short, dump-off passes.

They're not real happy about it, either... They're now letting him know that.

Maurkice Pouncey sounds like he's over the whole thing, telling NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala: "Why play hide and seek?" Why let your agent say this? "But now that he didn't, obviously it's Le'Veon over the Steelers, and we're the Steelers and we're going to play as the Steelers".

Bell has to worry about his own long-term well-being over the short-term interested of the Steelers, and he's just witnessed Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack receive extremely lucrative deals over the last week. "It's kind of weird".

McDonald has been sitting on a ton of upside ever since he was drafted by the 49ers in the second round five years ago.

Unlike Bell, I wasn't under the franchise tag, but I held out for 38 days prior to the 2012 National Football League season.

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. 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.

Bradshaw also mentioned that Tomlin doesn't return his calls (why would he?), questioned how the Steelers haven't been in more Super Bowls in Tomlin's tenure despite sharing a conference with Tom Brady and/or Peyton Manning the entire time and said the Steelers should "move this running back down the highway" even though Bell is unsigned and can't be traded.

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