First, and most importantly, he's a victor.
"James is a year better than he was last year at this time", said Roethlisberger. He's also concerned about another massive workload before he gets that long-term deal, hence the situation the two sides now find themselves in.
"That's nothing to say negative about the Steelers". But if Bell signs his current tag at any time prior to November 13, the Steelers would have to either tag him a third time at a hefty price tag next offseason or let him hit free agency.
That did not sit well with Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey. We're not anxious, they said. If Bell arrives in time to hop on is anyone's guess. If he does decide to hold out until that date, Bell will lose slightly more than $8.5 million of his $14.544 million tag.
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His agent, Adisa Bakari, told SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday that Bell will "get there when he's there" and said the 26-year-old intends "to make this the best statistical season of his career". It is now time for some football so let's win this thing.
His teammates seem to be preparing for the Browns with the realization Bell will not be on the field this Sunday. Although Bell is one of the NFL's most valuable, versatile and, therefore, hardest-to-replace players, Pittsburgh is fortunate to have an offense capable of handling Bell's absence for multiple games. He's chest bumping and all that. I think he needs to show up and play. You're a little mad that things didn't get done. I know I would have, if I could do it all over again.
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. The Steelers typically sit players who don't practice in full on Fridays, and Bell hasn't entered team headquarters in almost eight months. It's exactly the type of coaching and relationship-building Bradshaw disdains that players gravitate toward.
Samuels was one of the most dynamic receiving backs going into the 2018 draft, where the Steelers took him in the fifth round a year after taking Conner in the third. "Because you know very well that I'm not obviously going to discuss our plan publicly". The former Pitt star is in line to make his first National Football League start on Sunday and he's not too concerned about the circumstances that made it happen. What would you do with that hypothetical player? He gives it to you blood-raw.
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That strategy may be smart for him, but it won't endear him to his teammates. He's heard it before, and certainly whatever he has said in the past has been used against him by the likes of Bradshaw.
"You can just chalk it up as an injury, next man up", Pouncey said.
Here is what you'll keep hearing from Tomlin, especially as it relates to Bell.
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