Bakari told NFL Live in an appearance Wednesday, "He's going to do the things necessary to protect his value long-term".
Of course, the Steelers were hopeful he'd have joined the team by now ahead of their Week 1 matchup against the Cleveland Browns, but now it's highly unlikely #26 will be toting the rock in Sunday's season opener.
Bell also skipped the entirety of training camp last season, but reported for duty on September 1st and played Week 1.
Bell, who has not yet signed his franchise tag and is not obligated to practice with the team as they prepare for the Browns, does not appear to be winning over his teammates.
It feels now more than ever that this will not end well in Pittsburgh, and there's even the chance that the team moves on from him completely before he reports.
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Bell has averaged more than 300 touches per year in five seasons. This is a departure from what Bell's agent said in July, when he told Sirius XM NFL Radio that "barring something exceptional", Bell would join the Steelers around Labor Day.
"We're the Steelers and we're going to play as the Steelers".
"Football is the ultimate team sport".
"At this point, it's bigger than business", Pouncey said. "We have a game this Sunday, we're all the way into the game plan and you're still not here?"
Meanwhile, the Steelers issued another statement through director of communications Burt Lauten. After all, few people saw the Khalil Mack trade coming together as quickly as it did, and the Steelers are now talking up Bell's would-be replacement, James Conner. "If Adisa (Bakari) would like to talk further, he has the phone number to our offices".
This summer, the Steelers upped their offer considerably and continued to say nice things about their franchise back with the hope they could work something out long term.