James Harrison weighs in on Le'Veon Bell's holdout.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will likely miss out on another $852,941 pay check this week as he continues his holdout. Heading into Week 4, Bell has already forfeited $2.6 million and the Steelers are now reportedly listening to trade offer for the 26-year old Pro Bowler.
Bell must report to the Steelers by November 13 in order to be eligible for free agency in 2019, and it appears he's willing to wait until the very last minute as he looks to enter the Summer of 2019 with a clean bill of health. However, former Steelers linebacker James Harrison has another plan that could help Bell reach free agency healthy without giving up millions of dollars.
During an interview with Fox Sports 1 on Tuesday, Harrison suggested that Bell sign the franchise tender and practice with the team, but fake an injury so he doesn't have to play on Sundays.
"If I'm Le'Veon ... I'm coming back, what is it, Nov. 13?" Harrison said (H/T ESPN) "I'm going to go in there, I'm gonna get my credit this season that I need to get and I'm going to do the best I can to get out of this season healthy.
"For me, I'd give you everything at practice. You'd see -- the cameras would see -- that I'm fine, I'm healthy. But come Saturday, 'Something ain't right. I can't play on Sunday.' Because if I go out here and I mess something up, I'm losing a lot of money."
Harrison also had a nasty split the with the Steelers last year, asking to be released after his role was reduced. He ultimately got his wish and signed with the New England Patriots just days later.
The Steelers, 1-1-1, will host the division rival Baltimore Ravens on Sunday night.