Steelers C Maurkice Pouncey rips Le’Veon Bell for being selfish
It appears that some Pittsburgh Steelers like Maurkice Pouncey are finally getting fed up with Le’Veon Bell not reporting to the team. Monday Pouncey predicted that Bell would report on Wednesday and when he didn’t the Steelers star center called the running back selfish.
“Honestly, it’s a little selfish,” Pouncey said after practice Wednesday, via the Tim Benz of triblive.com. “I’m kind of pissed right now. It sucks that he’s not here. We’ll move on as a team. It doesn’t look like he’ll be in the game plan at this point [for Sunday against Cleveland]. [James] Conner looks great. We’ll worry about [Bell] in Week 2.”
Bell doesn’t have to report until week ten if he still wants to become a free agent after this season. If Bell doesn’t report to the team this year, the Steelers would still have control over him this offseason and could place another franchise tag on him.
Pouncey also said the team has accepted that there is a chance that he might not report until week ten and they just need to worry about who is there right now.
“We just finally accept things at some point and you’re like, ‘All right, if you don’t want to be here, it is what it is. Hold out for 10 weeks,” Pouncey said.
It’s unclear if Bell is planning on reporting next week or if he will decide to hold until week ten. Every week that he doesn’t report he is losing over $800,000 but at this point it appears that he may not care and just wants to be healthy heading into free agency.