Scott: Bell Won't Report Until After Trade Deadline

Le'Veon Bell does not want to be traded – for many reasons 

The DA Show
October 26, 2018 - 3:32 pm

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Le’Veon Bell has not reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers yet, and Bart Scott isn’t the least bit surprised.

“He’s coming back after the trade deadline,” Scott said on The DA Show. “What he didn’t want to happen is for them to trade him to a non-contender, him come back and you trade me somewhere and (the Steelers) get a draft pick. He wants to be able to come back and be able to display his talents, I believe, on the biggest stage.”

The trade deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. ET.

“So I think what Le’Veon is doing is, ‘Okay, I’ll come back, you can’t trade me, you’re stuck with me, you’re a payoff contender – figure it out,’” Scott explained. “Why would you want to come back and get traded to Buffalo?”

Instead, Bell will get a chance to play once more for the Steelers (3-2-1), who are atop the AFC North despite an up-and-down first half of the season.

DA wondered if the Steelers would even want to trade Bell. After all, Big Roethlisberger isn’t getting any younger, and Bell would help their Super Bowl run.

“Yeah, but with James Conner, they might feel like, ‘What kind of Le’Veon are we getting?’” Scott said. “‘We’re getting a guy that hasn’t played since almost a year (ago).’ What’s to say he ain’t gonna come back and pull a hamstring?”

But make no mistake, Scott said: Bell is an elite running back. In fact, he’s the best running back in the game – and someone who could put Pittsburgh over the top.

“Absolutely, absolutely,” Scott said. “He’s everything that Todd Gurley is – but better. He’s better, to me, than Todd Gurley. Because he’s done the same thing that Todd Gurley’s doing. He’s done it over an extended period of time with no signs of slowing down. He’s creating styles. You know how Curry came and everybody wanted to shoot the three? Everybody wants to be patient and just sit behind the line and wait like Le’Veon, but they can’t do it. He’s been doing it since college. It’s his style, but now you see people starting to imitate it. It’s the greatest form of flattery – imitation. 

“So he’s doing that, and he still can go line up and play receiver,” Scott said. “But unlike a lot of guys that can do a little bit of both, he can punish you when he runs the ball in between the tackles. He can run between the tackles, he can run outside the tackles – he’s the best back in the game right now.”

The Steelers have back-to-back AFC North matchups upcoming: against Cleveland (2-4-1) this Sunday and at Baltimore (4-3) on Nov. 4. Both games kick off at 1 p.m. ET.