Steelers, Le’Veon Bell’s agent exchange barbs

While Ben Roethlisberger and other Pittsburgh Steelers players prepare to open the season against the Cleveland Browns, tensions seem to be ratcheting up with Le’Veon Bell and the organization.

The Pro Bowl running back has yet to report to sign his $14.54 million franchise tag tender. Listening to his agent, it doesn’t sound like Bell plans to report anytime soon.

Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Wednesday, Bell’s agent Adisa Bakari implied that Bell could sit out well into the season.

“I’ll answer that question with a question,” Bakari responded when asked what the plan with Bell was moving forward. “Because you know very well that I’m not obviously going to discuss our plan publicly. But I’ll answer the question — or attempt to — with a question. What would the goal — you’re 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? What would you do with that hypothetical player?”

“I think you can read in between those lines.”

In the subtext between those lines, Bakari seems to suggest he worries the Steelers might grind his client in the ground knowing it’s their last year to

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