The Steelers have some drama too, and it's getting really ugly
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If you thought the Patriots had drama, the Steelers have some too and it's fantastic.
Le'Veon Bell, who is in the middle of a huge holdout and has not reported to the team at all this summer. He currently is on a $14.5 million franchise tag that becomes fully guaranteed once he signs it, if he does.
Bell, through his agent, has said he will do what's best for his long-term future, which means he could sit out the entire season if he doesn't get what he wants.
"Honestly it's a little selfish," center Maurkice Pouncey told reporters after practice. "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 Week 1). (Second-year running back James) Conner looks great. We'll worry about (Bell) in Week 2."
“The business part was out here, I get it. You’re a little mad that he didn’t get things done. I mean all of us at some point will be here in that situation, but now that it’s game day, we have a game this Sunday, now we’re all the way into the game plan as a Wednesday practice goes and you’re still not here?” Pouncey said. “Then it’s bigger than business.”
"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," Foster said, per Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“It’s different now. I’m in year frickin’ 10. I want to win a ring and do my thing,” Foster said. Like I said, the ultimate team sport has become a very selfish game.
“it’s just that you sacrifice so much in this damn sport. I mean, you miss time with your family. My mom died, I went to the funeral and came to camp the next day. I have torn ligaments in my thumb. I have almost torn ligaments in my knee. And for nobody to be fully in on what you suspect to be your teammate, one of the best players in the world, that’s where it kind of gets you,” Foster said. “Pounce almost lost a leg, you know.
“Al’s seen people die and comes and gives his all to this team, Dave, the same thing. Everybody has their issues to where at least have the courtesy, at least say something. But I can say I guess it is a little bit different, a little bit tiresome now.