Le'Veon Bell Allegedly (Key Word) Had A Plan To Return In Place Before Some Of His Teammates Ran Their Mouths
TribLive- Former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew says he has spoken to Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. He revealed on "The Dave Dameshek Football Program" that the two had a conversation before the Week 1 matchup in Cleveland.
Among the topics discussed, MJD says Bell wasn't happy that his teammates talked about his contract publicly, but he was still rooting for them Sunday in the season-opener against the Browns.
Jones-Drew also said that Bell is happy for James Conner, but that Bell should feel justified in staying away from the team because of it. His thinking is that if Conner got 31 carries, how many more than that would've been given to Bell?
More importantly, Jones-Drew said that Bell had a return strategy in place that may have been impacted by his teammates publicly commenting about his contractual status.
"I don't know when he comes back," Jones-Drew said. "He had a plan. He told me, but I will never say it. I knew. But then I didn't know because all this stuff came out after the players said (what they did about his contract)."
And that is why it is best to mind your damn business, with "business" being the operative word in what is nothing more than one man's financial dispute with his employer.
To be very clear, I am skeptical that Le'Veon Bell, who gave not a one single indication that he planned on signing a franchise tag any time soon, is only now speaking of a hypothetical plan return now that said plan has supposedly been foiled by the loose lips of his teammates. It just seems like a very convenient way to lay the blame for his absence at the feet of those currently in line with the franchise for which he's at odds.
That being said, we'll probably never know if Le'Veon Bell's alleged intention to show up to work was simply a conveniently timed line of bullshit, or something that was soured by the sharp words of his fellow Steelers. For what's it worth, with is really just the swaying of public sentiment at this point, Pittsburgh's All-Pro workhorse was only given more of a reason to stick things out from his sofa after getting run over by the bus his teammates threw him under.
Again, I have a hard time believing that things were on the verge of magically getting better, but a select few members of the Steelers offensive definitely made things worse by inserting their opinion into an argument in which only money should have been talking.