Mike Tomlin already ‘done’ with Le’Veon Bell questions on first day of camp
It’s only the first day of training camp for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Mike Tomlin already has had his fill of Le’Veon Bell questions.
Tomlin expressed hope a few weeks ago that Bell and the Steelers would be able to come to terms on a long-term contract. That of course did not come to fruition, as Bell reportedly turned down the Steelers’ five-year, $70 million offer ahead of last Monday’s deadline.
“Both sides tried in earnest to get a deal done … when he gets here we’ll evaluate his overall readiness,” Tomlin said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Ed Bouchette.
Bell will instead play for the second consecutive season under the franchise tag, earning $14.5 million. And just like last season, Bell is expected to be a no-show for training camp after skipping out on the entirety of this year’s offseason program in what has been an ongoing saga for both Bell and the team.
Tomlin not surprisingly fielded some questions about Bell. The Steelers head coach — also not surprisingly — quickly grew tired of them.
An exchange between Tomlin and NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala adequately summarizes how questions about Bell may be a non-starter going forward.
Mike Tomlin said his conversing w/ Le’Veon Bell is “fluid.” I asked him if he had any reason to hope Bell will show up to #Steelers training camp in Latrobe. He called it a “cute question.” And then said, “I’m done w/ the Le’Veon questions.” #ITC on @nflnetwork
— Aditi Kinkhabwala (@AKinkhabwala) July 25, 2018
Tomlin indicated in June he expects Bell to “be ready” whenever the running back joins the team. The expectation is Bell will return shortly ahead of the Steelers’ game on Sept. 9 against the Cleveland Browns.
There’s obviously plenty of time between now and Week 1, so Tomlin will likely hear more questions about Bell in the coming weeks, much to his presumed chagrin.