Brown and Bell hurting their careers with actions

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Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown have, over the course of the past year, separated themselves from the team and are showing their true intentions.

Austin Bechtold, Podcast Editor

Steelers’ star running back Le’Veon Bell and wide receiver Antonio Brown have, over the course of the past year, separated themselves from the team and are showing their true intentions.

Bell failed to report to the team for the 2018 season due to multiple failed attempts at a contract extension. Bell’s choice to hold out on the Steelers and never sign the franchise tender was a risky move, one that may not pay off for the All-Pro back.

Bell’s actions are seen as unacceptable to fans, and even the Steelers front office was caught off guard by the move. Bell was partying in Miami and creating awful rap albums while taking shots at the Steelers on social media while staying away from the team.

Brown over the last month has gotten into an argument with Ben Roethlisberger, skipped practice, and left the Steelers’ Week 17 game against Cincinnati at halftime. Brown is currently not returning owner Art Rooney’s phone calls and has stated he will not “wait by the phone” for Brown to call.

The Steelers continue to prove that they are a currently dysfunctional organization, something that could not have been honestly said about the team since Chuck Noll took over in 1969.

The writing is on the wall for Le’Veon Bell, but less is clear on Brown.

AB has unfollowed the Steelers on Instagram and he has tweeted at San Francisco players, potentially referencing his preferred trade destination. This speculation ramped up on Friday when Brown posted a picture of himself in a 49ers jersey hugging San Francisco’s Hall Of Fame receiver Jerry Rice.

Brown has been back and forth this whole offseason, earlier in the month thanking fans on Twitter for all the love they have showed him, but stating “this is not a goodbye, just a thank u.”

Brown and Bell have similar stories with potentially similar outcomes.

Bell intentionally sat out the season to stay away from the Steelers, thinking he was underappreciated and being lowballed even with the Steelers increasing their offer to him.

Brown, meanwhile, only missed the final game of the season, but has not made much of an effort to mend his relationship with Ben or apologize for his past behavior.

Both Brown and Bell have been described as divas for their self-centered actions and believing they need to be the center of attention.

Both might be gone and headed to teams with dysfunction and no recent success.

Brown’s possible destination, the 49ers, are once again picking in the top five of the NFL draft and have glaring holes at every position except tight end. There are still question marks about Jimmy Garoppolo and whether he can stay healthy for a full season after suffering a torn ACL in Week 3 at Kansas City.

Bell, meanwhile, has reportedly targeted the Miami Dolphins as his preferred landing spot. Bell currently lives in Miami and would like to stay with the warm weather and build his rap brand.

As the offseason kicks off next week, all eyes will be on the Steelers’ offensive weapons. They appear to think they are headed for an even brighter future, but the stars may be dimming on their NFL careers.