Le’Veon Bell must desire a new franchise because this isn’t how a running back looking to get a maximum contract behaves.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Post Gazette — the Steelers all-world running back missed out on all “but five minutes” of the team’s final walkthrough in preparation for Jacksonville.
As another example, Tomlin wants players and coaches to report to the locker room two hours before kickoff for games. That was continually ignored by both players and a coach or two.
Not only did Bell arrive much later than that for the playoff game against Jacksonville (as well as one coach), he missed practically the entire Saturday walk-through the day before, showing up about five minutes before practice ended.
Bell, a likely All-Pro again, has threatened to retire if the Steelers hit him with the $14.57 million franchise tag for running backs.
In the teams’ defense — the next highest-paid backs earn $8.5 million per season and Pittsburgh could decide that they can do better without the star runner.
In Bell’s defense — he still finished second in the league with 1,946 yards from scrimmage.