If Le'Veon Bell Doesn't Show, What Will His Steelers Legacy Be?

Will this season define Bell's Steelers career?

Matt Koll
November 12, 2018 - 11:13 am
Le'Veon Bell

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- We've wondered it, debated about it, some have even decided on it....will we see Le'Veon Bell take the field in a Steelers uniform ever again?

Tuesday by 4:00 pm, we find out. 

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network and Adam Schefter of ESPN both reported that Bell is not expected to report to the Steelers by that deadline. 

If Bell proves them to be correct and doesn't show, will this define his legacy as a Pittsburgh Steeler? How will he be remembered? 

The Fan Morning Show discussed this Monday morning and first looked at what this "holdout" has resulted in. Colin Dunlap says that there is no question Le'Veon Bell hurt his overall value by staying away and allowing James Conner to fill his spot essentially the same way Bell had done it. In some ways he's done it better. More yards per carry, more touchdowns per game, more explosive plays of 20 yards or more. You can't look at what Conner has done in his absence and say it doesn't hurt Bell because he's doing all the same things Bell could and claimed was his unique value. 

Jim Colony wonders if there are any other backup running backs around the league that could have stepped in and done as good a job as Conner has done to this point. This was the perfect situation to make Bell look less valuable. 

So if we never see him again, what is his Steelers legacy?

The guys say that, at least in most fans' eyes and probably in the eyes of some of his teammates, it will be one of a quitter. A guy who didn't show up and wasn't there for his teammates when they needed him for a potential Super Bowl run. A guy who stayed away from his team for selfish reasons. 

It won't be the great playoff performances of 2016 when he led the way to the AFC Championship Game, it won't be the multi-dimensional pass-catching/running game he brought to the offense. It will be that he created a distraction in the middle of a window to win and never even showed his face to help. 

If you want to look deeper, if the Steelers had known Bell's intentions to stay away from the beginning, they could have just let him go and used the $14.5 million owed to him to go out and improve a defense that we still don't know is quite good enough to win a Super Bowl with.

If Bell never shows again, will this be what you remember most? Is his black and gold legacy forever tarnished? 

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