The date of Monday, July 16th has been ingrained in every Pittsburgh Steelers fan’s mind now for a long time. It’s the final day when the Steelers can reach a long-term contract with their All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell.
The sprawling Black-and-gold fan base has been through this once before — last year — and although Bell and the Steelers have said the right things throughout this offseason, the vast majority of fans just want to know the answer.
Will Bell and the Steelers come to terms on a new deal? Or will it be a one-and-done year for No. 26 before he moves on to a new franchise via free agency next season?
One thing is for sure, the cryptic tweets and social media posts by Bell certainly have started to wear thin after all these months.
The latest from Bell:
I do not forget a thing, I'm patient, it's a gift... pic.twitter.com/BtyM6BWeJ9— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) July 12, 2018
While this was reportedly nothing more than lyrics, it is far from the only example.
There also was this...
9-9-18...I can’t wait! #JustBePatient pic.twitter.com/p2vpWQnCVy— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 14, 2018
They swear that I’m bad news, people always thinkin that the Juice a bad dude… pic.twitter.com/on3jw9keUl— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) May 1, 2018
Then this gem...
Miss it... pic.twitter.com/d5ysoEpQ67— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) April 5, 2018
And the best of them all...
it’s so hard to be a hero in a city that paints youu out to be the villain.. pic.twitter.com/TBFAHTQJcm— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 29, 2018
There is hope on the horizon.
Monday, July 16th at 4 p.m. EST.
The deadline for the potential deal to get done. I realize you, the reader, are sick of articles on Bell, but hopefully you realize we here at BTSC are tired of writing them too. We all share something in common. We look forward to a time when the reports, rumors, tweets and talking out of both sides of their mouths to finally end. One way or another.
Monday can’t come soon enough...