Steelers 'disappointed' Le'Veon Bell has not signed tender

Dean Simpson
September 5, 2018

Tomlin does not know when Bell might arrive, saying Tuesday that he has not talked to Bell this week.

If you were looking for one player on the newly established 53-man roster to badmouth Le'Veon Bell after his no-show Monday, you weren't going to find that inside the Steelers' locker room - not on this day.

The Steelers will visit the Cleveland Browns on Sunday in Week 1.


Although the team expected Bell to skip training camp after he didn't get the long-term contract he wanted in July, the Steelers were blindsided when Bell made a decision to skip the team's first practice of Week 1 on Monday.

Naturally, that was the first question posed to Tomlin at his news conference.

Or maybe Bell will wait until early November to sign his one-year franchise tender, a move that would cost him millions in lost salary up front, a windfall Bell hopes to recoup when he hits free agency next spring. "His overall readiness, the amount of time we have between his arrival and our next competition, etc". In July, Le'Veon tweeted that he envisioned 2018 being his best season to date, as of right now that's looking rather unlikely, at least in a Steelers' uniform. It's unclear this time around if he'll start the season with the club.


"James", he said. "The status and condition and the approach of James". "We've got other things to worry about than other guys' money". "He's put that on display though this process".

Guys like Aaron Donald and Khalil Mack have missed training camp, but they are practicing and in meeting rooms with their team this week after receiving their extensions.

"Is there anything you won't do, or won't do as much of (in this opener in Cleveland), as you might have done with Bell?" That being said, today's version of Conner is more experienced and someone who's gained the confidence not only of his teammates but of his coaches as well.


In 2017, Bell did not take part in any off-season activities during his first year on the franchise tag. We expect that to continue. We are playing a really good Steelers offense, a really good Steelers team.

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