Mike Tomlin made his stance clear that he has doesn’t have a relationship with New York Jets running back Le’Veon Bell. Here are the details.
On paper we have a 5-9 New York Jets squad hosting an 8-6 Pittsburgh Steelers squad in Week 16.
Ahead of this upcoming matchup, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about his relationship with Le’Veon Bell and how it’s changed since the two parted ways:
“I have none (in terms of a relationship). I don’t communicate with him he’s a New York Jet.”
After five magical seasons in Pittsburgh, Bell and the Steelers had a messy divorce that made the 26-year old a free agent this past spring.
The Jets made Le’Veon one of the highest-paid running backs in football and for a variety of reasons he’s having one of the worst seasons of his professional career.
He’s averaging 3.3 yards per clip which is by far a career-low and just hasn’t been used in ways that put him in a position to succeed.
Although he’s coming off his best game of the year vs the Baltimore Ravens. Le’Veon rushed for a season-high 87 yards and of course, he’ll be extra motivated to prove to his old team that they made a mistake letting him go.
Interestingly enough it’s worth noting that Le’Veon Bell revealed that the trade rumors were true surrounding him. What was even more interesting is that the Pittsburgh Steelers were actually one of the teams that tried acquiring him at the deadline.
Le’Veon confirmed all of the teams that were interested through his agent: the Houston Texans, Green Bay Packers, Kansas City Chiefs, and “surprisingly the Steelers were all in the mix.”
The New York Jets were reportedly asking for a lot in return for any potential Bell deal. Le’Veon also confirmed that part of those negotiations involved a possible pay cut which Bell said “wasn’t happening” and was likely the ultimate breaking point in any deal coming to fruition.
On Sunday Le’Veon will get his chance to prove why he’s worth every dollar the team invested in him back in free agency.