Le’Veon Bell originally planned to return to Steelers last season
So, Le’Veon Bell’s season-long holdout with the Pittsburgh Steelers last season wasn’t planned initially.
According to Jenny Ventras of Sports Illustrated, Bell had every intention to show up for Week 1, but because the Steelers would not assure Bell’s agent that they wouldn’t trade him, his holdout began.
Bell then shifted his date to Week 7, but, for the same reasons, Bell ultimately chose not to return.
“I felt like: For me to get my full potential and be the player I know I can be, I gotta go play with different players,” said Bell. “I gotta go play with people who want to see me succeed, who want me to be great. Getting a fresh start, [that’s] the best thing for me.”
Those are definitely some interesting comments, as it seems like Bell is actually taking some shots at his teammates.
Nevertheless, Bell is getting a fresh start with the New York Jets after signing a four-year deal with the team earlier this month.
The 27-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Michigan State University, was originally selected by Pittsburgh in the second round (48th pick overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He went on to make three Pro Bowls while earning a couple of First-Team All-Pro selections during his time with the Steelers, most recently rushing for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns while hauling in 85 receptions for 655 yards and a couple of scores in 2017.
Bell’s best season came in 2014, when he racked up 1,361 yards and eight touchdowns, catching 83 passes for 854 yards and three scores.