The Pittsburgh Steelers broad receiver stated the locker room turmoil surrounding Bell’s absence is pointless.
“Nobody wins when the household feuds,” Brown advised reporters Friday as he prepares for the Week 1 matchup with the Cleveland Browns. “On the finish of the day, we’re household. We would like the most effective for him. That is what it is all about. It is not about pointing fingers and combating amongst one another. We’re a core group that ought to respect and love one another whatever the scenario.”
Requested if Bell remains to be household, he stated, “When he comes, we’ll be an element.”
A number of teammates criticized Bell from the locker room on Wednesday for the working again’s resolution to depart his $14.5 million franchise tag unsigned. One veteran participant advised ESPN that Bell “f—ed us” by not telling teammates he can be gone.
However the staff reversed course by Thursday, with guard David DeCastro saying the staff likes Bell and “no arduous emotions.”
On Thursday night time, Brown posted an image of Bell and Brown celebrating a landing collectively, together with a message: “All of us we acquired, all of us we’d like. able to roll everytime you get again with us, household.”
Bell has not determined when to return to the Steelers and can forfeit $853,000 for every week he does not present up. He should signal his tender by four p.m. Saturday to receives a commission for Week 1. Bell and the Steelers failed to achieve a long-term contract in every of the previous two summers, and the working again is not completely satisfied about taking part in on the franchise tag.
Brown, who’s eyeing a sixth consecutive 100-catch season, by no means has performed on the tag however needed a brand new contract within the 2015 and 2016 offseasons. He by no means stayed away from the staff and signed a four-year, $68 million extension final offseason.
“Everybody has their very own private enterprise,” Brown stated. “My enterprise is to be the most effective man right here.”
He added he is able to set a tone on the sector, with or with out Bell.
“Worker 84 is right here, able to work,” Brown stated. “Nobody else issues.”