Ireland Contracting Sports Call: Nov. 10, 2018 (Pt. 1)

I WILL SEE YOU ON KDKA-TV NEWS AT 11 THE SPORTS CALL WITH RICHIE WALSH STARTS NOW

THANK YOU FOR TUNING IN TONIGHT GIVE ME A CALL TONIGHT FOR 125755600 THE LINES ARE OPEN THE LINES WILL BE BUSY TONIGHT BECAUSE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT LE'VEON BELL AND HIS DECISION NOT TO SHOP BY TUESDAY'S DEADLINE THAT'S ACCORDING TO ADAM SCHEFTER FOUND OUT TODAY — HE THINKS HE WAS TOLD BY HIS SOURCES AND WE WERE TOLD THIS THE LAST FEW DAYS, MARKABLE HE HAD A STORY ABOUT IT WE HEARD RUMBLINGS THAT THE STEELERS HEADQUARTERS, IF THE FRANCHISE TAG WAS NEAR $30 MILLION, HE WOULDN'T SHOW UP BECAUSE HE KNOWS HE WOULD BE A FREE AGENT AND THE STEELERS WOULDN'T TAG HIM

THAT IS LIKELY THE CASE HE'S GOING TO FORFEIT $145 MILLION IF HE DOESN'T SHOW UP I HEARD HE WAS OUT OF SHAPE BUT YOU WOULD THINK HE WAS OUT OF SHAPE AND HE WOULD SHOW UP THEY WOULD USE THAT TWO-WEEK EXEMPTION AND HE WOULD GET BACK IN SHAPE

HE MIGHT NOT PLAY A LOT, YOU WOULD THINK WE TALKED ABOUT THIS ON THE SHOW YESTERDAY AND I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS THE LAST COUPLE OF WEEKS, I THINK IT'S TOO MUCH OF RISK FOR HIM TO SHOW UP IF HE'S GOING TO GET A HUGE CONTRACT NEXT YEAR IT'S TOO MUCH RISK THESE ARE THE REASONS WHY IF HE SHOWS UP, HE GETS HURT, HE LOSES A BIG DEAL NEXT YEAR IF HE SHOWS UP AND HE IS NOT HAPPY WITH HIS ROLE, THEN HE LOSES OUT ON MANY NEXT YEAR

IF HE SHOWS UP AND JAMES CONNER IS BETTER THAN HIM, AND THEY THINK IT'S THE OFFENSE OF LINE, HE LOSES OUT ON MANY NEXT YEAR THERE'S ALL THESE SCENARIOS THAT HE WOULD LOSE OUT ON THE MONEY HE'S ALREADY GOING TO GET NEXT YEAR YOU KNOW THERE'S GOING TO BE A TEAM OUT THERE AND I WOULD SAY ABOUT 28 TEAMS WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS GUY THAT'S WHAT I WAS TOLD BY SOMEONE WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE SITUATION THEY WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH LE'VEON BELL RIGHT NOW

NOW YOU CAN TAKE A GUESS ON THOSE TEAMS THEY WOULD HAVE TO BE ABLE TO FIT HIM BUT TEAMS LIKE THE JETS, THE RAIDERS, MAYBE SAN FRANCISCO THOSE TEAMS MAY TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS GUY I DON'T KNOW IF HE WILL EVEN GET WITH THE STEELERS OFFERED HIM BACK IN THE OFF-SEASON 70 MILLION — THREE YEARS, $45 MILLION IS WHAT THE STEELERS WERE GOING TO GIVE HIM THROUGH THE FIRST THREE YEARS I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WILL GET THAT

I UNDERSTAND THIS TAKING POINT WAS THE GUARANTEED MANY WEATHER WAS 10, 15, THE GUARANTEED MANY, HE WOULD'VE MADE $45 MILLION IN THREE YEARS I DON'T SEE HIM DOING THAT EVEN IF HE GETS A TOP TYPE DEAL, HE WON'T MAKE UP THE $145 MILLION HE BLEW BY NOT PLAYING THIS YEAR

I GUESS HE DOESN'T NEED THE MONEY OR HE WOULD'VE SHOWN UP AND GOT THE $6 MILLION FOR THE REST OF THE APPEARED I THINK IS JUST CRAZY WHAT LE'VEON BELL DID THIS YEAR I KNOW STEELERS FANS ARE ARE — THEY ARE UPSET I WAS KIND OF HOPING HE WOULD SHOW UP THEY WOULD HAVE FIGURED THINGS OUT IN THE LOCKER ROOM I THINK THINGS WOULD'VE BEEN GOOD AFTER A WEEK OR WHATEVER

HIS ROLE WOULD'VE BEEN BACK UP I DON'T KNOW IF HE COULD'VE DEALT WITH THAT THAT PROBABLY PLAYS INTO WHY HE DIDN'T SHOW UP I JUST THINK — I CAN'T BELIEVE WHO HE IS LISTENING TO AND WHAT ADVICE HE'S GETTING I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S A TEAM OUT THERE THAT WOULD GIVE HIM A BIGGER DEAL THAN THE STEELERS ESPECIALLY AFTER SITTING OUT AN ENTIRE YEAR

HE WON'T BE THE SAME PLAYER HE WAS AT THE END OF LAST YEAR AFTER SITTING OUT AN ENTIRE YEAR WHAT IS HE GOING TO DO THIS OFF- SEASON? RIDE MORE JET SKIS? THAT WON'T GET YOU IN SHAPE I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY, I THINK STEELERS NATION AND FAN BASE AND I TELL YOU WHAT, EVEN THE GUYS IN THE LOCKER ROOM, THEY ARE RALLYING BEHIND JAMES CONNER THEY WANT HIM TO SUCCEED

NOW THERE'S NO QUESTION AFTER TUESDAY THERE'S NO MORE TALK ABOUT WHEN AND IF LE'VEON BELL THE PLAYERS DON'T HAVE TO DEAL WITH IT ANYMORE YOU MIGHT GET A QUESTION LIKE CAN YOU BELIEVE LE'VEON BELL DIDN'T SHOW UP? THE GUYS WILL DEFLECT IT AND SAY THIS WAS OUR TEAM AND IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BE A PART OF IT, THAT'S FINE

I THINK THEY SAID WHAT THEY SAID TO PAY — — WANTED TO SAY THEY'VE MADE IT KNOWN THEY WERE UPSET AT THE BEGINNING AND THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND HE DOESN'T WANT TO BE A PART OF THE TEAM THIS IS ABOUT BEING A TEAM HE'S NOT BEING A GOOD TEAMMATE SO YOU DON'T WANT THAT GUY I THINK THAT WILL HURT HIM NEXT YEAR

HE IS A ME FIRST KIND OF GUY AND I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TEAMS WILL WANT THAT THEY MIGHT LOOK AT THE SITUATION AND SEE IF I'M IN HONOR OR A GM, I HAVE A DECISION BETWEEN LE'VEON BELL OR DROPPING A RUNNING BACK HI OR ANOTHER GUY MID TIER RUNNING BACK, I MIGHT GO WITH THAT JUST TO NOT DEAL WITH THE ISSUES AND THE PROBLEMS THAT LE'VEON BELL RINGS TO THE TABLE I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT YOU HAVE TO SAY, GIVE ME A CALL BACK IN TWO MINUTES

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