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Tensions are brewing between Le’Veon Bell and teammates

06 September 2018

The star running back was ripped by his teammates after Wednesday's practice, to which Bell was a no-show again as he tries to bargain for a long-term contract instead of signing a $14.5 million franchise tag.

The Steelers have the option of doing so.

Simply put, Bakari said that Bell isn't there yet because he doesn't want the Steelers to run him into the ground, especially during a year where he is set to become a free agent and make ludicrous money.

Bell is one of the most elite runners in the game, but he's anxiously waiting for the Steelers to hand him a paycheck that re-endorses that fact. I wasn't able to get back to playing at a high level in 2013 and, as a result, never got my due.

"He f-- us", one veteran player summed it up for ESPN. You're a little mad that things didn't get done.

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No doubt he's a top five RB in the league and believes he deserves to be paid as such, but he has to weigh his options: he can go get paid by the Jets or some other team that is going to make him be the workhorse who the team's success depends on, or he can take less and play for a playoff team and possible Super Bowl contender.

"I played for a tough sucker, and I was afraid of him, and we played our ass off for him because we feared him", Bradshaw said on San Diego radio, speaking of Chuck Noll.

What the Steelers can wait for at this point is Bell to join them.

Bell has not stepped foot in the Steelers' facilities in nearly eight months. "Any time you have a guy like that, you want him on the field with you", said Roethlisberger.

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. "James is a year better than he was last year at this time".

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Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels will serve as Conner's backups. So I think we're all excited for what he can bring to this offense and this team.

The team hoped Bell would show up for work this week, but Bakari told NFL Live that Bell is "going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term".

That's their way of saying, "You're it".

The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook made no changes to the line or total in response to the news of Bell's no-show Wednesday.

That's not just bigger than business.

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Tensions are brewing between Le’Veon Bell and teammates