Steelers GM Says Le’Veon Bell Only Hurting Himself With Holdout

Dec 28, 2014; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell (26) celebrates a first down against the Cincinnati Bengals in the first half at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in a stalemate with Le’Veon Bell who is currently locked in a holdout in hope of a new contract.

The Steelers aren’t budging and general manager Kevin Colbert sent a stern message to Bell regarding his holdout.

“My feeling is there’s nothing to be gained by a holdout,” Colbert told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“The situation won’t change, it can’t really change from our part on a long-term deal.

“So it hurts him not to be here. It hurts him because he’s not working with his teammates, he’s not getting the conditioning work that he’s going to need to have a great 2017 season. And he’s not working with his teammates to get acclimated to the offense — every year it’s different.”

Bell still hasn’t signed his franchise tender but if/when he does Bell will be paid $12.12 million this season.

Still, if Bell is hoping for a new contract anytime soon, it doesn’t appear as though Colbert is going to oblige him just yet.



  1. Regardless of how good he is, no NFL player can step in after one or two weeks of late preseason practice and perform at his highest level or be totally in sync with his teammates or offense [if he’s an offensive player–and Bell is certainly offensive]. I disagree with Kevin Colbert. From Bell’s POV and regarding his blatant priorities, skipping camp doesn’t hurt him at all since he clearly doesn’t care what his teammates or coaches think of him, whether he helps the team win games, or whether he actually earns 1/12th million per game [by playing to his full potential] when he does return. He’s hurting the team through his actions and only the team.

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