The Pittsburgh Steelers make their preseason debut today (Friday) against the New York Giants. The Steelers will be without three of their biggest stars, Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown in uniform. Quarterback, Roethlisberger and Brown will be held out because Pittsburgh want to alleviate any risk of injury to them.
But, in the case of Le’Veon Bell, he will not be playing and in uniform because he is holding out after being handed the franchise tag tender during the spring.
The deadline to sign a new contract has already passed, so for Bell there are really two scenario’s left on the table. Either report to the team at some point and sign the franchise tender or hold out until the regular season starts.Because of this, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has decided he has to call out his star running back.
Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “My feeling is there’s nothing to be gained by a holdout. The situation won’t change, it can’t really change from our part on a long-term deal. So it hurts him not to be here.” Adding: “It hurts him because he’s not working with his teammates, he’s not getting the conditioning work that he’s going to need to have a great 2017 season. And he’s not working with his teammates to get acclimated to the offense — every year it’s different.”
Quite simply, the Steelers have no other deal to offer Bell until the 2017 season comes to the conclusion. With that in mind, the ball is firmly in his court as of now.