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Le’Veon Bell’s lack of commitment on display in lead-up to Jags game

Among the pressing off-season questions for the Steelers is whether Le’Veon Bell is worth all the trouble and should the Steelers strongly consider allocating the $14-$15 million next season it will cost to tag Bell again and put that money elsewhere?

Finding a long-term replacement for Ryan Shazier and adding another legitimate starting cornerback opposite Joe Haden are bigger priorities than anything with the Steelers current window open on the tail-end of Ben Roethlisberger’s career. You can also put an upgrade at free safety being a top priority.

To fill some of those holes, the Steelers are likely going to have to spend and maybe big to make this a more complete roster.

If the end of the season showed anything, it’s that Vince Williams is nothing more than a backup player when Shazier isn’t out there to cover things up as the Steelers enter the off-season with major holes at inside linebacker that have to be addressed and banking on the draft would be risky.

As great as Bell is, you can always find good running backs whether it’s early in a draft or late. A productive running back is also always out there in free agency.

With the quarterback the Steelers have, receiver group and offensive line in-tact, this would still be a scary good offense with a couple average running backs sharing the load like the Patriots often have at their disposal.

It what was a wild Steelers season filled with drama each, it had even more drama in the 24 hours leading up to the loss to the Jaguars.

Ed Bouchette of the Post-Gazette reported Friday Le’Veon Bell not only blew off the Steelers final walk-through, he also showed up late to the stadium on Sunday.

Defend Bell all you want, but that is unacceptable and those are things that have to start changing.

From Bouchette’s Article:

“[Tomlin never lost the locker room, he had it under control and his players respect him. However, there were many instances in which he could have taken better control, including the fiasco for the national anthem in Chicago.
As another example, Tomlin wants players and coaches to report to the locker room two hours before kickoff for games. That was continually ignored by both players and a coach or two. Not only did Bell arrive much later than that for the playoff game against Jacksonville (as well as one coach), he missed practically the entire Saturday walk-through the day before, showing up about five minutes before practice ended.]”

This further backs the belief that the Steelers have too many individuals with personal agendas in that room who don’t have the drive to do what it takes to win in January.

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