Le’Veon Bell trade rumors: 5 great fits for Steelers star

Steelers teammates turn on Le'Veon Bell: 'He f--ked us'

The Steelers - nearly to a man inside their locker room - were perfectly fine with Le'Veon Bell not signing his $14.5 million franchise tag and deciding once again to skip all of the offseason summer workouts, training camp and the preseason games. "What would you do with that hypothetical player?" As Adam Schefter speculated in July, that could mean Bell sits out the entire year to remain healthy for free agency in 2019.

Bell may not have expected to be called out by his peers, however, who should understand that all players have an extremely limited window to make as much money as possible. The Steelers asked Conner to shed weight for the upcoming season and if the preseason was any indication, the running back should be more explosive in his second season. "Conner looks great. We'll worry about him in week 2".

It appears that numerous Steelers' players expected to see Bell there, and several national media outlets reported the plan was for Bell to show up at some point this week - many indicating that he'd arrive prior to a Wednesday morning team meeting.

"'I think we're all excited for what he can bring to this offense and this team", Roethlisberger said. It is understandable to take a risk on Bell, but anyone who drafts him without also selecting James Conner (the expected starter in Bell's absence) is playing with fire. "When he gets here, I hope he'll be ready to go".

"We'll figure that out when he comes", Pouncey said. His days as a feature back ended the next season, and he has played in three games combined over the past two years. In a separate appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio, Bakari said he and Bell want to know what Pittsburgh's plans are for the running back in regards to workload. But at least let us know [you weren't coming].

As it stands, James Conner, a 2017 third-round pick, will earn his first National Football League start on Sunday, and veteran Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels will serve as his backups. His primary objective was catching passes as an H-back.

"I'm doing a lot of running back, but also whenever we have different packages for me, I'll get split out wide", Samuels said. "I just hate it came to this".

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