Antonio Brown’s advice to Le’Veon Bell: ‘Show up’
Le’Veon Bell is once again opting not to attend Organized Team Activities alongside his Pittsburgh Steelers teammates. Just like last offseason, the running back is hoping to apply pressure on the team in an effort to land a long-term deal.
And if Bell were ever to seek out advice from Antonio Brown on the issue? He may not like what he hears given his continued stance.
“The first rule of getting better is showing up,” Brown said after Wednesday’s OTA session, via ESPN. “You can’t make anything better without showing up. I think if he shows up, make everyone understand where he wants to be — he wants to be here not just for this year but years to come, come out here and show up. Show up and get better and show guys you’re serious.”
Brown was also asked if his teammates perceive the standoff between Bell and the Steelers to be a disruptive issue.
“We all know Le’Veon is a competitor and is highly conditioned, always taking care of his body and putting himself in high condition,” Brown said. “The one thing about Le’Veon that makes him special, he takes his game seriously. It’s never a question or doubt about his game, is he physically ready? I know when he walks in the building, whenever he shows up, you know what you’re going to get — you’re going to get a guy who’s ready to take 400 to 500 carries, a guy who’s willing to run and catch the ball, a guy who can do it all.”
All-Pro WR Antonio Brown's advice for Le'Veon Bell, who is skipping OTAs, on best way to negotiate a new contract with #Steelers: Show up. pic.twitter.com/phCBahLtL8
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The Steelers have placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second consecutive season, meaning if things remain static, the all-purpose back is set to earn $14.54 million in 2018.
Bell, however, has long coveted the security afforded by signing a long-term contract. Regardless of whether or not that comes to fruition anytime soon — the parties have until July 16 to hammer such a deal out — Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert insisted in March that Bell will “be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018.”
All that said, despite Brown’s sage advice, no one expects Bell to show up anytime soon.