Listen: Le'Veon Bell doesn't report to Steelers and can't play this season
"Expires. That's part of the CBA. It's been part of the CBA for twenty five years. But the Steelers are the ones who. Initiated this process. They blocked Levy on bell from going to the open market and getting maximum compensation for his abilities last year. He chose to stay away from the off season program training camp preseason and people were upset and the Steelers were calling out. How dare you not show? Look he didn't have to the rules that the Steelers initiated allowed him to stay away until right before the start of the season make his full twelve point one million dollars and not show up for anything before week one. And he did it and he got vilified for it. Now this year the Steelers do it again, they restrict him once again from going to the open market. So it's his prerogative to not show up for off season training camp preseason regular season. And Chris I don't think he went into the regular season intending to skip the whole year. I think initially it was well, let's see how they do with James Connor. And maybe if they struggle they'll offer me more than eight hundred fifty five thousand a week, and then that didn't happen. So there goes that. And then I think he was gonna show up around. Seven during the bye. And then there was talk about trading. And so I'm not gonna show up then. And I think as we got closer to the end of the line that Tuesday after week ten everyone became aware of it come next year the Steelers if they franchise tag him again, they're gonna have to use that quarterback tender, right? And I think that's when bowel realized you know, what I'm gonna make it to the open market. Whether I play or not I'm just not gonna play. I'm going to give up an extra six million to ensure that I can finally after two years of waiting. He can finally go to the open market and go to the highest bidder. And that that's that's American at its core in a capitalist society. We should be applauding the efforts of any wanted to try to position themselves to get the most money possible. That's what makes our entire way of life revolve. The idea that we're all going to go out there. We're gonna try to capitalize on every situation we can business and professional makes most as much money as we can. That's the American way. But yet on bell does it and we get upset with him. But. Steelers are the ones who have kept him for making the most money. He can he's merely reacting to the moves the Steelers have made to prevent him from getting paid the way. He should that's right. And really, I mean, it's the only profession in the world that this goes on it really is. I think that's the big thing too. I mean, we talked about it a little in the first year and to a point you made in the first hour with all the good points. You just made explaining that. You know, if if love EON bell was still deciding whether he wanted to come back within the last ten days the final nail in the coffin was Dez Bryant tearing his achilles. Tendon in practice that you brought that up in the first hour. And I think that's another great point. You know, we just sit there and think, oh, he, you know. Yeah. You think about this the football game? Well, no practices physically demanding as well. So and stupid things can happen in practice. I've seen guys tear their achilles and tear their ACL's in practice. No contact or a guy tripping and falling on the guy's knee. So, you know, all those things have to be taken into account, the only negative and you told them. Remember, remember, Brandon Marshall story right of half freaked out. He was when you were playing with him in Denver. They hadn't gotten his contract yet. And he's still had regular season games to play being that's going to be. If bell had showed up that would have been his life for the rest of the year because you can't shut that down about you can say, you're not thinking about it. Right. You're thinking about you're thinking about it. And usually when you're thinking about stuff like that. Then you're not playing to your full total capabilities, and aggressiveness, and it's usually the guys that lack aggressiveness that ended up getting hurt in the NFL and those type of place. But yeah, Brandon Marshall I'll still remember we're in Philadelphia in the locker room the Broncos had promised him they would reopen and give him a new contract that didn't happen. I think it was week fifteen we're going into Philadelphia. We're in the we're in the bathroom looking ourselves in the mirror before we go out. And he's kinda yelling at them. Like, you are right. And he goes I just can't play like this. I can't play like this. I know I'm so close to you know, finally, breaking the Bank and making all this money for the future betterment of. Mm and his family, and so many things and it's hard to let it loose. When that's in the back of your mind. So yes, there you have to give a guy like Le vian, some compassion and a sport and football at the running back -sition. There are no guaranteed contracts. And he's just using the tools that he sees necessary to benefit himself. And the other thing too is the only thing I say is negative here. Mike, this is the only negative for really levian bell. Is that he loses one year in his prime. That's the only thing I can look at you know, you only have so many years of being that top shelf type football player. And he was that. And he just loses one year. I doesn't matter in the long run. But I'm just saying that's the only thing I would bring up yet. Yeah. But here's the thing. And I understand how the aging process works that applies to everyone in the NFL except Tom Brady. You look at it this way. You kind of doing an advance on your retirement like like, we don't know how long he would have played if he had played this year. But you could make the argument that his career will last as many total years is it would have if there's going to be one more tacked onto the end then would have been right now because he's he's avoiding the wear and tear, and I think for running backs it's more about wear and tear than aging, right? Because you really don't start to lose a step until you're on the wrong side of thirty five. And I think physically the body is still going to be in a position where it can withstand the pounding at that age if it hasn't taken the pounding earlier, and we're seeing guys like Frank Gordon Adrian Peterson get it done deep into the thirties. I think that that for a running back giving up a year now could ultimately lead to adding a year later, but we'll never be able to disprove or prove because we won't know how long would have played if he hadn't sat this year out. We put up a poll question before the show. Do you support labor on Bell's decision to skip twenty eighteen right now fifty three percent? No forty seven percent. Yeah. It was fifty fifty right away. And and I'm surprised there are as many who say, yes. Because I thought the knee jerk reaction for most fans would be he's in the wrong. Why would he choose not to play football? He doesn't love football. He doesn't love his teammates. He doesn't love America. He doesn't love God. I mean, that's where some of these arguments. Go it's ridiculous. How these arguments quickly spin out of control. I'm glad to see forty seven percent of the people out there understand how it should be interpreted. And how we should be reacting to a guy who's making a business decision based upon what he thinks is right for him. Yeah. It's actually an encouraging number. That's why I looked at I expected it to be like sixty five thirty five, and you know, people not supporting his decision. I really did. But you know, hopefully, we are us to included are educating people about this process, and that it is a business and every player has to approach the NFL as their own singular entity as you yourself are the business here, and hey, I could speak to it. Myself, mike. I mean, I got I got tendered as my fourth year in the NFL. Right. I said, you know, what we went to the playoffs the year before I played really good. I could have asked for more money as a starting quarterback and football. But he said, you know, I said I'll I'll take one for the team and be good and be a good soldier to everybody else. Well, you know, what happened in week four? I lost my spleen that was never the same. And I never really got to capitalize the way I should have. So you know, it's all fine and dandy game. Plans are all great until you get punched in the mouth like Mike Tyson used to say, and those are the things that happen in football, which is of course, incredibly physical. So that's really the bottom line for bell. It's good."