Let me start by saying I reached out to L. Bell to get a quote and he didn't respond, so what i'm saying is purely my opinion. Today Le'Veon's agent made a statement that gave the impression that his client will miss most of the season to remain fresh for next years free agency period. These are my thoughts.
Let's say you get to drive a Lamborghini for a month, and once that month is up you have to give it back and will never get to drive it again. Would you drive carefully? No. Would you not slam on the brakes or burn rubber as you accelerate? No. Would you make wide turns to not hit any curbs? Perhaps. But I would imagine that because you want to get the most out of your last experience with such a great car, you wouldn't care about the maintenance needs and just push it to it's limits. The same type of situation is going on in Pittsburgh. The Steelers know that Le'Veon isn't going to return and Le'Veon and his team obviously do not trust that the Steelers will take care of him. But why would they? Why would the Steelers make sure Le'Veon has a lot left in the tank for another team to benefit from? No longer is it their responsibility to worry about his longevity. Le'Veon is simply doing what he feels is right for his career to remain on this elite pace. Fans are angry because he isn't being a "team player", let me address that. The only guys that are "team players" are the ones who know that they can get cut and replaced at any moment, the guys who want to show a good face to the organization to get another contract, or the older vets who have their money and now want the personal achievements, aka, a super bowl ring. Most players mainly care about the money and making sure their families are secure for the remainder of their life. I find it interesting hearing players talk to the media about this being a team game, team this, and team that. If it is such a team game, why hasn't anyone on the Steelers roster offered to take a pay cut so that Le'Veon can get the money he is asking for? Wouldn't that be the move of a team player? That is because guys care more about their own money more than the team. Guys say things to the media because it makes fans feel warm and excited for the season, and it makes the player look honorable. Behind closed doors, guys are working hard to set themselves up to be financial stable for the years to come. I am not saying that money is the only motivation. Some do it for the love of the game. Some do it to be the best. For instance, Antonio Brown works hard because he wants to be the greatest receiver of all time. There are many players who feel that way too, but at the end of the day, these guys still want their money and they want the amount reflective of their worth. I know it is very frustrating for his teammates because they just want to be in the loop, which is very fair. And maybe Bell should have told them his plans, but obviously he does not want anyone telling the media, which made him keep them in the dark. A wise man once told me to never discuss another man's money nor watch his pockets. His O Linemen did so and did so publicly. L. Bell and those guys are going to have to have a serious "come to Jesus" talk when he does show up. But in the mean time, before you guys continue to crucify Le'Veon, truly and honestly ask yourself, "What would I do in his shoes? Play this full season, get 400 touches and risk possible injury with no safety net, or play it careful and insure myself many more years of productive football?". If you aren't biased, I'm sure you now see the decision Le'Veon is facing. It is a business for both parties.