All it takes it a quick stroll through any Pittsburgh Steelers fan page on Facebook and you can see a giant majority of fans who want Le’Veon Bell gone. According to them, they are sick of his antics, sick of his selfishness and just want to cut the ‘cancer’ out of the black-and-gold.
For those who believe a ‘sign-and-trade’ agreement with another team, or the Steelers rescinding the franchise tag is a legitimate option...you might want to stop reading now.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting the Steelers have zero interest in trading, or rescinding the tag. Notice in the report below, Schefter also points out Bell could be back with the team sooner rather than later:
As Le’Veon Bell continues to stay away from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team does not plan to trade the star running back or rescind his franchise tag, sources tell ESPN.
Bell’s absence from the Steelers is not expected to last much longer, according to sources.
Although Bell is constantly evaluating when to report, multiple sources around the league believe that he will report to the Steelers sometime before the end of September. Until then, Bell will remain in Florida, training and absorbing the fines of $853,000 for each games that he misses.
It looks as if the waiting game will continue, and the Steelers have the option to be more than patient with Bell, considering if the situation with the team remains the same, even for the entire season, the team will eventually be rewarded with a compensatory pick when he jettisons via free agency in 2019.
While this isn’t much of a consolation prize, compared to his would-be production on the field, if the team rescinded the tag they would get absolutely nothing in return.
For those who want Bell gone, it doesn’t look like that will happen anytime soon.