Steelers preparing for life without Le’Veon Bell


"Much like I've told you guys throughout this process when he gets here is when we will start quantifying all Le'Veon Bell-type things", Tomlin said, via Mark Kaboly of The Athletic.

"He'll be here Wednesday", Pouncey said.

"We are disappointed Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his team-mates", Colbert said in a statement.

Things just got more awkward in Pittsburgh.

"No sense in talking about it", he said. "You ever think the Raiders would let him go?"

"Whenever he comes, we'll welcome him with open arms", Pouncey said, via

Pouncey added: "Last year [Bell] didn't need any [practices] and was best in the league".

Steelers reaction on Bell ranged from loyal to indifferent.

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He can still show up at any point and sign the tag, but he can also, by collective bargaining agreement, skip the first nine weeks of the season, show up for week 10 and still count that as a full year of service. My focus is on this team and who is here. "I trust James", he said.

"When we look at ourselves, the overall health of our team is pretty good".

"We all know Le'Veon's running style is unique and it's different for the line, it's a change for everybody but I think James Conner really took advantage of the opportunity and has done some great things".

"I hadn't thought about it", Tomlin said at his weekly press conference. However, one of the team's best players has yet to show up to the practice field.

Running back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tosses the ball forward after gaining a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri.

If he misses games this year, Bell could lose around $855,000 per contest.

This shows that Bell's contract tactics have created a distraction for the team as they begin their preparation for the Cleveland Browns this Sunday.