Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell posted a cryptic tweet over social media at the apparent negative reaction in the Steel City surrounding his contract situation.
Bell, who received the franchise tag from the Steelers for the second straight season, posted the following on Thursday:
"It's so hard to be a hero in a city that paints (you) out to be the villain," the 26-year-old Bell wrote.
To be fair, it's not exactly clear what Bell's vague tweet is referencing, but perhaps he feels that others view him as asking for too much money. The versatile running back is due $14.56 million if he plays on the franchise tag, but he hasn't signed that tag because he's hoping for a contract that pays him more.
Bell wants the Steelers to give him a contract worth $17 million a year, Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network reported from the owners meetings in Orlando, Fla.
His recent post comes on the heels of Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert telling reporters earlier this week that the team plans to put Bell's contract talks on hold as it focuses on free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft. Colbert did insist that contract talk with Bell will continue at a later date.
Bell's recent tweet about the city is vastly different than the one he posted earlier this month.
"Pittsburgh: the city that took in a 21-year old kid from small-town Ohio, the city I battled thru adversity in, the city that I became a man in," he wrote. "I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt! #26Forever"