Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed nearly all of the Steelers' final walkthrough the day before last week's Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars. While Bouchette said Tomlin had his locker room under control and players respected him, he noted that there were instances where players and "a coach or two" ignored Tomlin's requirement to report to the locker room two hours before kickoff for games.
Pittsburgh's previous offer to Bell was more than both of those deals, and given his reluctance to accept it, the Steelers are now wondering if they want to even re-sign him.
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Though reasons weren't specified, it's likely that Bell was voicing his displeasure with the contract situation. Pittsburgh's brass could call his bluff, but the tag would cost a whopping $14.57 million. Bell basically skipping practice will be at the top of the list. He had 67 rushing yards, one rushing touchdown and nine receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown. During that span, the Steelers ranked third in the National Football League in yards per play. With linebacker Ryan Shazier out for the season, the defence struggled and couldn't lock down the number one seed.
The Steelers ended their season on a sour note with their 45-42 loss to Jacksonville, but Bell's finish may concern the team more than anything.
Roethlisberger, who has averaged 297.6 passing yards per game since 2014, emphasized continuity with coaches and players during his weekly radio show, citing a productive meeting with Haley this week.