Steelers' Le'Veon Bell expected to miss Week 1

Arnold Nichols
September 6, 2018

Foster also added: "He's making seven times what I make, twice as much as Al (Villanueva) is making, and we're the guys who do it for him".

General manager Kevin Colbert - who issued a statement Monday that the team was "disappointed" Bell hadn't signed the tender - will not be made available for comment, but the Steelers issued a statement through director of communications Burt Lauten. But things are getting a little too close for comfort with this situation, as the Steelers kick off their season on Sunday in Cleveland and they are still without arguably the most important piece of their offense.

A source told ESPN that the Steelers have no plans to rescind Bell's tender, and league sources say a trade would be hard to execute because of Bell's position and teams' unwillingness to inherit a franchise-tagged player. He still hasn't signed his $14.5 million franchise tender and will be ineligible to play until he does. However, in Pittsburgh, it's clear the locker room isn't fully behind Bell, as there was the expectation that he would, at the least, return for Week 1 after skipping camp. We know right now his days in Pittsburgh are precarious at best. Why let your agent say this? They'll see these Steelers - Bell or not - for the first time in Week 6. "Just man up and tell us what you're going to do", Pouncey said, per NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

"That's nothing to say negative about the Steelers".

Pouncey was frustrated Bell's agent wanted to know the team's plan for Bell, saying: "That's just stupid".

"He f-ked us", the player said. Yes, this is the second straight franchise tag to which Bell has been shackled, and you can't blame a player for fighting for every last penny he thinks he's worth.

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