Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is at it once again with the cryptic Twitter messages, but the latest one came in the form of upside down writing.
˙˙˙ɯǝɥʇ uo ʎןɹɐǝןɔ s’ʇɐɥʇ &˙˙˙sǝuıן ǝɥʇ uǝǝʍʇǝq pɐǝɹ ʎןdɯıs ʇsnظ oʇ ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ ǝʞɐʇ ʇ’uop ǝןdoǝd ʇsoɯ ʇnq˙˙˙op p’noʎ ʇɐɥʍ ʇ’usı sıɥʇ ǝqʎɐɯ ǝsnɐɔǝq suoısıɔǝp ʎɯ ɟɟo ǝɯ ǝbpnظ ʇ’uop˙˙˙buıop ɯ’ı ʇɐɥʍ ʇnoqɐ pǝıɹɹoʍ & ǝɟıן ʎɯ uo uoıuıdo uɐ sɐɥ ʎpoqʎɹǝʌǝ ʇnoqɐ ʇsnظ— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) November 7, 2018
ʇuıod ʎɯ pǝʌoɹd ǝʌ’noʎ 'buıʎɐs ɯ’ı ʇɐɥʍ ʇno ǝɹnbıɟ oʇ ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ buıpuıɟ ʎןןɐǝɹ ǝɹ’noʎ ɟı osןɐ˙˙˙poıɹǝd 'sɹǝǝd ʎɯ ɟo ʇsǝɹ ǝɥʇ puɐ 'ʎןıɯɐɟ 'ɟןǝsʎɯ ɹoɟ ʇɥbıɹ sı ǝʌǝıןǝq ı ʇɐɥʍ ɹoɟ buızıboןodɐ ʇou ɯ’ı— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) November 7, 2018
NFL.com's Lakisha Jackson kindly translated the message:
"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life and worried about what I'm doing. Don't judge me off my decision because maybe this isn't what you'd do....
But most people don't take the time to simply read between the lines and that's clearly on them. I'm not going to apologize for what I believe is right for myself, family and the rest of my peers, period.... Also, if you're really finding the time to figure out what I'm saying you've proved my point."
The Steelers running back must sign a one-year deal with the team by Nov. 13, or else he will be ineligible to return this season. The Pro Bowl running back has teased a return for several weeks now, and we're still awaiting his final decision.
Bell rejected a five-year, $70 million contract from the Steelers in the offseason, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The 26-year-old vowed that he would join them before the regular season began on the franchise tender, and yet there's a high chance he winds up sitting out the whole season.
But the Steelers have performed just fine without Bell this season, as second-year back James Conner is enjoying a breakout season. He has 706 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns, along with 379 receiving yards and one touchdown.
Pittsburgh's offense ranks fourth in yards and ninth in scoring per game this season, so Bell's absence hasn't exactly been felt this season. Perhaps that is why Bell has opted to sit out much of the season, knowing that Conner will have taken away plenty of his workload should the former return.
Following a sluggish 1-2-1 start to the season, the Steelers have won four consecutive games and lead the AFC North with a 5-2-1 record. The defense has also improved considerably since a rough start, giving this team great balance and the look of a Super Bowl contender.
We'll find out in five days if Bell will return in time to join the Steelers, or if the 26-year-old will sit out 2018 and wait for a big contract elsewhere in free agency.