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Report: Le’Veon Bell continues to make headlines, requests Antonio Brown type money from Steelers

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The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is in the news reportedly talking about contract demands...again.

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I recently wrote an article about how Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell could do himself some good by simply not talking.

It seems he didn’t read my article, but I digress.

Reports are now swirling from the NFL Network’s Aditi Kinkhabwala how Bell isn’t focused on guaranteed money, like he was last year, but on being paid similar to his friend and teammate Antonio Brown.

This is what she had to say on this NFL Network segment:

“Le’Veon Bell wants $17 million a year. He wants to be paid exactly like Antonio Brown is paid. And so the Steelers are saying, ‘Well, we’re going to wait a little while before we address that fully because clearly, the Steelers don’t feel that that’s where Bell’s value is.”

“It’s not even about the guaranteed money. I was just told earlier today, it’s not about the guarantee, it’s about the per year average. He wants to be paid like Antonio Brown.”

If Bell wants Antonio Brown money, he might not remember how Brown went about his business getting the wealthiest receiver contract in the game, at the time of signing.

Brown showed up.

Even when he was grossly underpaid, he showed up and worked his tail off. He didn’t allow his anger and feeling of being slighted stand in the way of respecting the Steelers, and the trust they had in him when they handed him a contract rather than Mike Wallace.

For all intents and purposes, the Steelers have stood by Bell. Through off-field issues, injuries and even contract disputes. Yet Bell didn’t show up last year. Reports are now suggesting the talented running back is preparing to repeat his holdout until at least Week 1 of the regular season, and you have to wonder if it would work out better for him if he actually showed up.

Nonetheless, Bell can state whatever requests/demands he has for a contract, but it is up to the Steelers if they want to meet those demands, or simply pay Bell the $14.5 million dollars he is owed under the franchise tag, and then let him test the free agent market in 2019.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest on this story, and others, surrounding the black-and-gold.