Le'Veon Bell "No Shows" In Week 2, Pushing His Lost Wages To $1.7 Million

People close to the situation have reported that Le’Veon Bell was not at Pittsburgh Steelers facilities this afternoon in time to sign his tender and resume team activities. He will therefore forfeit another $853,000, bringing his total lost wages to just over $1.7 million. The NFL insider who broke the story, Adam Schefter is the same ESPN field reporter who’s been monitoring the situation from the get-go. It hasn’t been too difficult a task: send a lackey to the front gates, and wait for Le’Veon to enter. If he doesn’t (before the requisite time) there goes another bundle cash into the wrong hands.

Although it’s easy to sympathize with Le’Veon Bell from a fan’s perspective, the issue holdout has created quite the fissure in the locker room. So much so that even the coaching staff decided to cast aside any visual cues reminding them Bell. They even took him f the team depth chart, which only makes sense since he’s not under contract. The holdout really reminds a vague and overdrawn breakup, you know will end poorly but you can’t let go.

Bell was at the heart the Steelers’ ground attack last season, carrying the ball on 321 occasions for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games.

Jalen Ramsey Fears "No Man Period!" Including Rob Gronkowski

Jalen Ramsey was asked if he feared coming up against Rob Gronkowski in Week 2 NFL action, and the star cornerback showed no discernible sign fear. In fact, the Q&A session turned into a veritable wrestling promo with Ramsey exclaiming “I fear no man period!” Last week Ramsey’s Jacksonville Jaguars conquered the New York Giants, earning him kudos from wideout Odell Beckham Jr — They exchanged jerseys at the end the game as a sign mutual respect.

But this afternoon was back to his outspoken self, lambasting any opposition who flex on his turf, including the virtually “unguardable” Gronkowski. “So he’s going to have to come out there and line up on me. Or however it goes. He’s got to play us this year,” he said his star opponent. Last season, Jalen Ramsey tried to rouse his troops by undercutting Gronkowski’s reputation.

Jalen Ramsey and Gronkowski were matched up against one another on a couple key possessions during last season’s AFC Championship Game. History suggests that Ramsey, the linebacker corps, and the rest the secondary were the victors in that matchup, even though the Patriots were the better team overall. During the AFC Championship Game, Gronkowski was limited to 21 receiving yards before leaving the game in a helmet-to-helmet collision. 

This week’s Jags-Pats matchup takes place on Sunday at 4:25 pm. Bragging rights are on the line.

Steelers Remove Le'Veon Bell From Depth Chart Ahead Of Week 2

The Pittsburgh Steelers are moving onward without Pro Bowl running back Le’Veon Bell, as he continues his holdout into Week 2. Bell still has not signed his $14.5 million franchise tag but can become a free agent in 2019 as long as he signs it by Week 11. Each week Bell skips, he forfeits $852,941. 

Ahead Pittsburgh’s home-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs this Sunday, the team has removed Bell from their depth chart which makes sense considering he’s not a member the Steelers at this time, and won’t be until he puts pen to paper on that contract. Bell, 26, was listed on the Steelers depth chart prior to Week 1 even though he has shown no signs that he’ll be joining his teammates anytime soon. 

In Bell’s absence, second-year running back James Conner will once again get the lion’s share the carries on Sunday. In Pittsburgh’s Week 1 tie against the Cleveland Browns, Conner racked up 135 yards and two rushing downs on 31 carries in addition to five catches for 57 yards. Conner’s backups on the depth chart are rookie Jaylen Samuels and veteran Stevan Ridley.

Bell’s agent, Adisa Bakari, recently told NFL Live (H/T ESPN), “Le’Veon has several years left in football, we know his days in Pittsburgh are precarious at best, we also know how he’s been utilized in the past by the Steelers organization.” He added, “That’s nothing to say negative about the Steelers. They had one the best players to play the position and they used him heavily for the production he can provide, but in doing so you take away from his future years.”

Le'Veon Bell May Report On Saturday To Collect His $900K Check: Report

NFL Network analyst Ian Rapoport has been informed that Le’Veon Bell’s standf with the Pittsburgh Steelers will likely come to an end on Saturday, although it’s not absolutely certain. The sources Rapoport has contacted are essentially Steelers’ reps who have the greatest insight into the situation from both sides.

The belief around the team is that Le’Veon will return on Saturday, so he can receive his $900,000 game check, after which the running back will sit out the opener and begin preparation for Week 2, while his teammates take to the field. Le’Veon has no obligation to the team until he signs his franchise tender, but if that doesn’t happen, his NFL salary ill be forfeited another week. He has until Saturday to make his cost/benefit benefit with $900,000 his $14.45 million salary soon to come f the books.

As discussed in prior posts, Le”Veon Bell is stick and tired having less determined control over his contract stipulations. For the second year running, the Pittsburgh Steelers have slapped the franchise tag on their star running back, limiting the negotiable term to a one-year contract. Le’Veon Bell is seeking a multiyear deal, at a higher premium, with more guaranteed money, but inevitably he may have to wait ’til next season.