Steelers linemen slam Le'Veon Bell over holdout

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell hadn't arrived to team meetings on Wednesday morning as his holdout continued

If he continues to hold out, his salary could be docked considerably in the weeks ahead. We also know how he's been utilized in the past by the Steelers organization.

Who is Le'Veon Bell? "I just hate it came to this", guard Ramon Foster said, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.

He was born in Reynoldsburg, Ohio on February 18, 1992. Last night, Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, hinted that Bell might be willing to holdout into the regular season.

Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels will serve as Conner's backups.

Despite suffering a serious MCL injury in 2015, he stormed back in the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 seasons, rushing for 1,267 and 1,291 yards respectively and playing a key role in Pittsburgh's playoff runs during those seasons.

Center Maurkice Pouncey called Bell's absence "bigger than business".

Speaking to reporters in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, multiple Steelers teammates ripped Bell for his lengthy holdout, which now threatens to stretch into Week 1 against the Browns.

How old is Le'Veon Bell?

Bell only needs to return then to accrue a full season and become a free agent next year.

He was born on February 18, 1992. Bell is a transformative running back that deserves his worth.

Those comments made their way quickly to Bell, it appears.

Mike (@mikemorris1994) - My issue with the Bell situation is that he wants franchise tag money without being franchise tagged, when the team's situation doesn't warrant giving him the franchise tag in the first place.

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?

Franchise tags allows National Football League teams to lock up players scheduled to be free agents for one season while long-term contract negotiations take place. A veteran Steeler told ESPN they waited to criticize Bell after he did not report Monday, giving him a chance to come in Wednesday.

For each week he misses, Bell will lose $852,941. He has yet to report to the team, hoping that he can force their hand.

"Why play hide and seek?"

The Steelers stood firm after Bell threatened to retire if they used the franchise tag on him again and he turned down their five-year contract offer, and only dug in by saying if Bakari "would like to talk further, he has the phone number to our offices". One person doesn't make or break you. What would your plan be?' he said.

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