Roethlisberger Texted Bell, Never Heard Back

Steelers QB wishes Le’Veon well

Jeff Hathhorn
November 14, 2018 - 10:42 am

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

PITTSBURGH (93.7 the Fan) – Before the 4 p.m. deadline on Tuesday, Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger reached out to Le’Veon Bell hoping the star running back would sign his franchise tender and join the team.  Bell neither signed, nor returned the message.

“I texted him yesterday before the deadline, I was hoping he was going to show up,” Roethlisberger said.  “If he decided not to, I wish him nothing but the best.  He was a great teammate and great football player.  To each their own for what they want to walk away from.”

Bell walked away from 14.5 million dollars this year, but also a year in his prime and not being around his teammates

“It would be tough,” Roethlisberger said of missing a year of football.  “Part of the great thing about this sport is the band of brothers and this group of guys in here.  Being with them is kinda what keeps me coming back after so many years.”

Related: ‘So Be It’: Le’Veon Bell Will Not Play For The Steelers In 2018

Bell’s locker is still in the Steelers clubhouse on the South Side, at least as of Wednesday morning.  Steelers jerseys still hung with Bell’s name on them as his chair remained folded and upright with no chance he will sit in it this year.

“I am glad we won’t have to talk about this any more,” Roethlisberger concluded.

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