"I'm kind of pissed right now". "It (stinks) that he's not here".
Bell hasn't signed his $14.5 million franchise tag and can become a free agent in 2019 as long as he signs it by Week 11.
"He's making seven times what I make, twice as much as (left tackle) Al (ejandro Villanueva) is making and we're the guys who do it for him", Foster said.
"This day and age, with everybody as selfish as they want to be, the ultimate team sport has turned into a little bit of an individual race".
It appears that numerous Steelers' players expected to see Bell there, and several national media outlets reported the plan was for Bell to show up at some point this week - many indicating that he'd arrive prior to a Wednesday morning team meeting. Where should you draft Bell given he has not reported to the Steelers with just days to go before the season starts?
General manager Kevin Colbert - who issued a statement Monday that the team was "disappointed" Bell hadn't signed the tender - will not be made available for comment, but the Steelers issued a statement through director of communications Burt Lauten.
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"'I think we're all excited for what he can bring to this offense and this team", Roethlisberger said. Bell, arguably the best back in football, would likely have a robust market that would allow the Steelers to improve elsewhere.
Bell touched the ball a league-high 406 times while playing on a $12.12 million franchise tag last season, and he told ESPN in January that he wouldn't touch the ball another 400 times without a contract that matches his worth as a player. "At this point, it's cool, Conner's ready, he's been here busting his butt". One person doesn't make or break you. Time will tell when that is, but we expect it could be past mid-season when the running back arrives.
For his part, Foster doesn't know if Bell will be welcomed back with open arms if and when he returns.
"We'll figure that out when he comes", Pouncey said.
"Mike Tomlin asked if he feels more comfortable w/ his RB room outside Le'Veon Bell than previous year".
"We're the Steelers and we're going to play as the Steelers".