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In non-breaking news, Le’Veon Bell won’t be in attendance for Steelers OTAs

The All-Pro running back won’t be there for this phase of OTAs, and this should come as a shock to no one.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are scheduled to start the next phase of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 22nd, and what should come as a shock to no one — Le’Veon Bell won’t be present.

I consider myself one of the most optimistic fans of the black-and-gold you will find, but at what point would anyone think Bell would show up?

Was it the lack of negotiations the past month, or so?

Was it how he said he would rather quit the game than play under the franchise tag?

Or how about the precedent he set last year by avoiding all offseason, and preseason, workouts until the regular season began.

Yeah, if you are a logical fan, and not all are, there was no chance Bell would be at OTAs, or minicamp, or training camp or the preseason. Nonetheless, Monday saw report after report stating “news” how Bell would be skipping these offseason workouts.

This from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler:

Running back Le’Veon Bell does not plan to attend the Pittsburgh Steelers’ organized team activities, which begin Tuesday, according to a source.

This move was expected as Bell remains unsigned after the team franchise tagged the All-Pro back for the second consecutive year.

The only way Bell will show up for these type of activities is if he and the Steelers somehow come to terms on a new contract. While this seems highly unlikely, fans should prepare themselves for more of these “reports” from the common sense department throughout the offseason.