Steelers 'disappointed' Le'Veon Bell has not signed tender
Sep 05 2018
Mike Tomlin doesn't know when Le'Veon Bell is going to show up for work. The Steelers and Bell have been unable to reach a long-term deal for the second consecutive season.
Bell has been expected to sign his franchise tender and play in Week 1 as he did last season. Anyway, although the team said it was disappointed that Bell didn't report on Monday, no one on the roster seems to be too concerned.
"We are disappointed Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender and rejoined his teammates".
The report states that even if Bell were to return to practice by Wednesday, Conner, who ran well in the preseason, will get the start at in Cleveland. "He provided good and consistent play for us". It's fine. He showed up a year ago at the same time. Right now, we are singularly focused on the guys who are here working and have been here working and building a plan around variables that we know.
Beyond that, the Steelers are counting on Bell to be a major part of the puzzle offensively as he has proven to be arguably the best running back in the league over the last few seasons. The former Pitt star made significant strides during training camp.
Tomlin also said he is more comfortable about his running back depth than at this point previous year. When asked why, Tomlin simply replied "James".
"[He's gone from] being a rookie that missed a lot of time due to soft tissue injuries and lack of general readiness, to a guy that's done the things that we've outlined several minutes in here", Tomlin said.
The Steelers drafted Conner in the third round in 2017, capping a remarkable 18 months in which he recovered from a cancer diagnosis in November 2015 to become the ACC's all-time leading touchdown scorer at Pitt.
Until Bell shows up, James Conner gets the first team snaps.
That either means he will be there the next time the team hits the field Wednesday or they took the opportunity to start figuring out how they will approach the soon-to-be distraction.