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Le'Veon Bell's teammates rip Steelers running back for holdout with season-opener days away

John Tomase
September 06, 2018 - 10:04 am

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell refuses to sign his $14.5 million franchise tender with the season opener just days away, and his offensive linemen have had enough.

Speaking to reporters in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, multiple Steelers teammates ripped Bell for his lengthy holdout, which now threatens to stretch into Week 1 against the Browns.

"What do you do?" asked guard and player rep Ramon Foster, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Here's a guy who doesn't give a damn, I guess, so we'll treat it as such. I just hate it came to this. He's making seven times what I make and twice as much as (left tackle) Al (Villanueva) is making and we're the guys who do it for him."

Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, has been opaque about his client's plans, telling Sirius-XM radio, "I think you can read between the lines."

That did not sit well with Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.

"Why play hide and seek?" he said. "Why let your agent say this? Just man up and tell us what you're going to do."

File under: The Steelers Remain Dysfunctional.