Discussions regarding Le’Veon Bell’s extension aren’t gaining momentum, so a veteran voice in the Steelers’ locker room is speaking out.
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With talks involving a long-term contract seemingly stalled, the star running back got some support from center Maurkice Pouncey, who shared his thoughts on Instagram and vowed to call the front office if terms weren’t met by the time free agency begins.
Earlier this week at the the NFL Scouting Combine, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the team has spoken to Bell’s reps to try to figure out common ground for a long-term deal. Colbert added that the Steelers are eager to reach a negotiation by March 6, which is the last day teams can designate a franchise player.
James had a jaw-dropping, behind-the-back dribble in traffic that went between Tristan Thompson’s legs before he scored and was fouled. James looked up and watched the replay before shooting his free throw, but he didn’t know all the details of the play until halftime.
One of my guys from the NBA showed me and I was like, `OK, yeah, that’s probably one of the best plays I’ve had in my career, he said.
The Cavs played without starting guard J.R. Smith, who was suspended one game by the team for detrimental conduct. Smith attended the team’s morning shootaround, but coach Tyronn Lue indicated something happened after the workout that led to the one-game ban. Lue expects Smith to practice Friday and play Saturday against Denver.
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When Jones was asked if Bryant’s contract would be reconstructed or if the team will cut Kevin Faulk Youth jersey him, Jones remained tight-lipped on the terms of any contract negotiations.
The reason we don’t discuss contract is that it is implies there is an issue with the contract, Jones told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. That is not fair to imply that there is anything until we sit down and announce we have done something one way or another. It takes two. It takes him and us to do anything with his contract. I’m going to leave it at that. You have asked me as I sit here do you want him on the team next year, and my answer is yes.
Jones said the Cowboys and Bryant will be meeting soon, likely before the start of free agency on March 14. Even thought the topic of the meeting will be money (and possibly a paycut), Jones doesn’t believe that there will be any bad blood since the pair are close.
I have had a lot of business with Dez over the years, Jones said. And I have been very involved with not only his contract negotiation but in many cases, his other personal business. It’s just not awkward at all to visit. We plan on visiting with him about his business. We are both very comfortable, being very candid.