The Pittsburgh Steelers are unlikely to still have Le’Veon Bell on the roster in 2019 after the two sides were unable to agree to terms on a contract extension before the league-imposed deadline passed on Monday. But they might have a more motivated player on their hands in this season if Antonio Brown is to be believed.
Speaking to Josina Anderson of ESPN following a workout and just after the news emerged about Bell’s contract status, Brown was quick to note how the lack of a new deal might inspire his teammate.
Informed that Bell’s agent had suggested his client would possibly be playing his last season in Pittsburgh this year, Brown did not appear unduly fazed by the remark and clearly understands that Bell is doing what he believes is best for him and his future.
“To each his own, I know he’s there to take care of his business. We welcome him when he comes and we’re excited to move forward in 2018.”
If there’s a silver lining to be found in the two sides failing to come to terms on a new contract, Brown suggested it might be that Bell would be even more motivated to prove how valuable he truly is this season
“I think he’ll be pissed off. Extremely motivated. Super hungry. Crazy conditioned and ready to show why he deserves to be paid like the best.”
Steelers Nation won’t care what inspires Bell, as long as it ends in a championship season. Most fans will probably be more concerned about when their star running back will actually show up and if any potential holdout will become a distraction for the team which carries into the regular season.