The Pittsburgh Steelers are preparing for their first game of the season against the Cleveland Browns. They’ve done so without star running back Le’Veon Bell, who is continuing his holdout after the two sides couldn’t agree to a contract extension.
With the game just four days away, Bell has yet to show up to Pittsburgh’s training facility. Wednesday marked the day many thought the former Michigan State star would make his season debut, but he’s still AWOL at this time.
Bell’s agent, Adisa Bakari joined SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday morning to talk about his client’s future. Unfortunately, Bakari didn’t offer an explanation or tell when Bell might be available.
Here’s what he had to say when asked what the plan is for Bell.
“I’ll answer that question with a question, because you know very well that I’m obviously not going to discuss our plan publicly. But, I’ll answer the question, or attempt to, with a question. You’re [Steelers GM] Kevin Colbert, you’re Mike Tomlin, and you possibly have a once in a generation player for one more season. What would your plan be?”
After Bakari let the hosts answer that question he declined to offer anything else. They then asked when Bell would show up to the organization.
“When we find out. I think Mike Tomlin said it best yesterday, ‘he’ll get there when he’s there and we’ll address those issues when he arrives.”
Bakari maintained Bell’s intention is to make this the best statistical year of his NFL career. However, there remains a clear disconnect – how will Bell have his best season if he doesn’t show up?
You can listen to his full comments here.