Steelers’ Ramon Foster rips Le’Veon Bell as holdout continues
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pittsburgh Steelers guard Ramon Foster has had enough of Le’Veon Bell’s holdout. Bouchette posted a few comments from the Steelers player representative via Twitter.
More Ramon Foster on Bell: “He’s making 7 times what I make twice as much as Al (Villanueva) is making and we’re the guys who do it for him.”
— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) September 5, 2018
Bell has been trying to negotiate a new contract with the Steelers for a while now. As Week 1 approaches, there is no end to this disagreement in sight. Bell wants to be paid elite playmaker money due to his ability to hit the hole as a rusher and be a receiver out of the backfield. He watched fellow running back Todd Gurley sign a four-year, $60 million deal with $45 million guaranteed and a $20 million in signing bonuses for the Los Angeles Rams earlier this year. This was a record-breaking amount, given the short shelf life of NFL running backs.
Bell has proven to be one of the most dynamic players in the league in his five-year career. He can run between the tackles, but also can be patient and bounce to the outside to create something out of nothing. Bell has accumulated the nearly 4,000 yards from scrimmage over the past two seasons, giving him the highest mark of any player in the NFL, despite only playing 12 games in the 2016 season. His teammates would love to have him on the field, but have finally gotten tired of his antics. They’d prefer him to put the team before his monetary desires.
Foster even posted this photo of Bell being depicted as Waldo, due to his lack of presence leading up to the season.
— Ramon Foster (@RamonFoster) September 5, 2018
Given the attitude of Foster and other members of the Steelers, the chemistry of the team will probably suffer if the two parties are able to find common ground.