First call: The ex-Steeler wanted Le’Veon Bell to return to Pittsburgh. The Ravens angry with the Bengals. Aaron Donald’s surprising revelation.


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Friday’s “first call” gives us an ex-Steeler who wants Le’Veon Bell to come back to Pittsburgh instead of going to Kansas City. Another AFC coach admits his team wanted Bell. Aaron Donald’s startling quote about his huge game last week. And the Ravens are mad at the Bengals.

Better luck next time

Former Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro Le’Veon Bell signs with Kansas City Chiefs.

This after being a free agent for two days. The Jets released Bell on Tuesday due to a deteriorated relationship between him and head coach Adam Gase.

Selon Jeremy Fowler d’ESPN, the Buffalo Bills and the Miami Dolphins were the other two teams seriously engaged in the quest to acquire Bell. The Dolphins, Bills and Chiefs are the Jets’ next three opponents.

Coincidence? I do not think so!

OK, maybe it’s a coincidence. But Bills coach Sean McDermott wasn’t playing games. He has made known his desire to land Bell.

The Bills and Chiefs face off Monday night. However, Bell can’t even train at KC until he has at least six consecutive days of testing negative for covid-19.

Was it worth it?

One of Bell’s former Pittsburgh teammates Bruce Gradkowski thinks it would have been a good idea for the Steelers to reacquire the former Pro Bowler.

Gradkowski was on 93.7 The Fan on Thursday. And the former quarterback was asked if he wanted Bell to come back on the Steelers.

“Absolutely,” Gradkowski said. “I don’t even hesitate. This misperception that he brings drama to the locker room, he’s always been a good team guy. I thought Le’Veon was still a great guy. He never brought drama to the locker room. He always worked hard.

It is true. Bell worked hard. And he didn’t bring drama to the locker room.

It was his decision not to work, and his one-year absence from the locker room – after saying he would show up there – that brought on the drama.

Fight like cats and… birds ???

The Baltimore Ravens are angry with the Cincinnati Bengals.

At least the defensive coordinator is.

Don “Wink” Martindale is convinced the Bengals threw a late basket to avoid a shutout in Baltimore’s 27-3 win on Sunday. They did it with just 37 seconds to play.

Baltimore improved to 4-1. The Bengals fell to 1-3-1.

Via, Martindale was asked to comment on Bengals coach Zac Taylor’s decision.

“He knew what it was because it was awfully quiet when I shouted at him across the field,” Martindale said. “Some people see it as a victory. We’ll see. We will have a lot to discuss the next time we play them.

Hey, it’s the Bengals. You are the crows. There is very little to say. At all.

Bad idea

Former Pitt star Aaron Donald had four sacks last week for the Los Angeles Rams.

He revealed Thursday that Washington had failed to overtake their team on any of the sacks.

“When I have the opportunity to get these individual blocks, I have to take it and I have to keep doing it, keep improving and keep trying to be productive,” Donald said via ProfootballTalk. com.

Yep. Looked.

This is bad planning by Washington. Donald now has 7.5 sacks to lead the NFL.

Tim Benz is an editor for Tribune-Review. You can contact Tim at [email protected] or via Twitter. All tweets could be reposted. All emails are subject to publication, unless otherwise specified.

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