Le’Veon Bell’s agent tight-lipped about running back’s plan
Adisa Bakari, Le’Veon Bell’s agent, made an appearance Wednesday on SiriusXM NFL Radio to discuss his client’s ongoing holdout. Bakari, however, was not inclined to disclose exactly when the running back intends to rejoin the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Bakari was tight-lipped when asked when Bell can be expected to report, an issue that becomes more and more dire the nearer it gets to the Steelers’ season-opening game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday.
“I’ll answer that question with a question, because you know very well that I’m obviously not going to discuss our plan publicly,” Bakari said, as transcribed by The Spun. “But, I’ll answer the question, or attempt to, with a question. You’re [Steelers GM] Kevin Colbert, you’re Mike Tomlin, and you possibly have a once in a generation player for one more season. What would your plan be?”
Bell of course has skipped the Steelers’ offseason program and the entirety of training camp for the second year in a row. The 26-year-old all-purpose back ultimately rejoined the Steelers last season ahead of the team’s Week 1 game. Bell has not yet signed the franchise-tag tender that will pay him $14.544 million in 2018, however.
Further, it’s difficult to gauge exactly what Bell has planned and whether it involves sacrificing a large sum of money by sitting out a game, if not multiple games. Bakari alluded to what Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin had to say on Tuesday about the issue when asked Wednesday when Bell’s arrival could be expected.
“When we find out. I think Mike Tomlin said it best yesterday, ‘He’ll get there when he’s there and we’ll address those issues when he arrives,” Bakari said.
Bell was a no-show at Steelers headquarters on Wednesday, missing out on what was deemed a mandatory meeting. It is believed that the last possible moment for Bell to report and be allowed to play on Sunday would be Saturday afternoon, per a tweet from Ian Rapoport.