Will The Steelers Regret Not Signing Le'Veon Bell?

Will The Steelers Regret Not Signing Le'Veon Bell?

With Bell not reporting to practice by week 11 he is ineligible to play the rest of the season.

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Short answer:

No, they won't.

Long answer:

Strictly speaking to the football aspect of this, the Steelers should absolutely just move on from Bell. The kind of money he is asking for is insane for a running back no matter how good he might be. The prime of an NFL running back's career is easily the shortest when compared to all the other positions. If the player is consistent he may stick around with the team for 4-7 years before you see a decline simply because the player's bodies just can't hold up. Just look at a guy like Eddy Lacey. He had two really solid years for the Packers, got a toe injury, gained some weight and two seasons later he's out of the league.

It just isn't worth it in terms of the possible money risk. If Bell is asking for a bunch of guaranteed money and (hopefully doesn't) has a career-altering injury which makes him a lesser player, then Pittsburgh just wasted a bunch of money. Another fact of the matter is that Bells production can be replaced by two running backs who can distribute the workload evenly, and not rack up all the ticky tacky injuries. But Steelers already found a viable option and his name is James Connor.

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So far this season Connor has put up numbers that even surpassed Bells. Connor has rushed for over 10 touchdowns, a feat that Bell hasn't done in any of his previous seasons. He's averaging the same amount of yards per game as Bell has for his entire career. And the best part is Connor is under contract for the next two seasons. Now instead of paying Bell like he's a quarterback, they can have Connor for the next couple of seasons getting paid like a mid-round pick.

Probably the biggest reason why Pittsburgh should move on is that of the harm his holdout has done to the relationships he had with his teammates. Multiple members of his offensive line have spoken out about their dislike of his holdout and most insinuating that he's only in it for the money.

The Steelers are known to be a franchise based around emotions and this could be the downfall of them. Football is the ultimate team sport and if all 11 guys don't all trust each other nothing is going to work. It's probably for the best that both parties just go their separate ways with this one.

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To The Coach Who Ruined The Game For Me

We can't blame you completely, but no one has ever stood up to you before.
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I know you never gave it a second thought, the idea that you're the reason I and many others, never went any farther in our athletic careers.

I know you didn’t sincerely care about our mental health, as long as we were physically healthy and our bodies were working enough to play. It’s obvious your calling wasn’t coaching and you weren’t meant to work with young adults, some who look to you as a parent figure or a confidant.

I also know that if we were to express our concerns about the empty feeling we began to feel when we stepped onto the court, you wouldn’t have taken the conversation seriously because it wasn’t your problem.

I know we can't blame you completely, no one has ever stood up to you before. No one said anything when girls would spend their time in the locker room crying because of something that was said or when half the team considered quitting because it was just too much.

We can't get mad at the obvious favoritism because that’s how sports are played.

Politics plays a huge role and if you want playing time, you have to know who to befriend. We CAN get mad at the obvious mistreatment, the empty threats, the verbal abuse, “it's not what you say, its how you say it.”

We can get mad because a sport that we loved so deeply and had such passion for, was taken away from us single-handedly by an adult who does not care. I know a paycheck meant more to you than our wellbeing, and I know in a few years you probably won’t even remember who we are, but we will always remember.

We will remember how excited we used to get on game days and how passionate we were when we played. How we wanted to continue on with our athletic careers to the next level when playing was actually fun. We will also always remember the sly remarks, the obvious dislike from the one person who was supposed to support and encourage us.

We will always remember the day things began to change and our love for the game started to fade.

I hope that one day, for the sake of the young athletes who still have a passion for what they do, you change.

I hope those same athletes walk into practice excited for the day, to get better and improve, instead of walking in with anxiety and worrying about how much trouble they would get into that day. I hope those athletes play their game and don’t hold back when doing it, instead of playing safe, too afraid to get pulled and benched the rest of the season.

I hope they form an incredible bond with you, the kind of bond they tell their future children about, “That’s the coach who made a difference for me when I was growing up, she’s the reason I continued to play.”

I don’t blame you for everything that happened, we all made choices. I just hope that one day, you realize that what you're doing isn’t working. I hope you realize that before any more athletes get to the point of hating the game they once loved.

To the coach that ruined the game for me, I hope you change.

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