Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers before Tuesday’s deadline, rendering himself ineligible for the rest of the season. The three-time Pro Bowler has been sitting out to protest the franchise tag being applied for a second consecutive year. He is not injured and the thing preventing him from playing is himself and a desire to earn a fair-market value.
And that’s fine. Players need to look out for No. 1. They are the ones playing a dangerous game and risking serious injury on every down. Or at least I think. One person who disagrees is 2013 Le’Veon Bell. Here are that guy’s thoughts.
Now, look, we all change. A person who is not constantly evolving in the way they see the world is not curious. Situations in abstract are different than when they are personal.
Still, that’s a pretty big matzah ball just hanging out there for the internet’s legion of snark enthusiasts.
Bell hasn’t exactly won people over in droves through this process and — arguably — has hurt his bottom line. The only thing that could make things worse is the Steelers going on a Super Bowl run with James Conner. Or even Jaylen Samuels to show just how replaceable even the best running backs are in the NFL.