Steelers star running back Le’veon Bell continued his hold out today after he declined to show up for meetings this morning which means it’s very likely that he’s going to sit out for the team’s first game of the season this weekend against the Browns.
Bell’s agent Adisa Bakari went on Sirius XM NFL Radio with Brady Quinn and Bruce Murray to explain why Bell has decided to hold out.
He’s going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term,”
“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,”
“That’s nothing to say negative about the Steelers. They had one of 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.”
As news of Bell’s hold out made the rounds, several Steelers players voiced their displeasure with how Bell is handling the matter.
Even Ben Roethlisberger weighed on Bell’s absence.
Bell has yet to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag and is able to become a free agent next season if he signs it by Week 11.