Le'Veon Bell hasn't talked to Steelers, unlikely to report this week

Aubrey Yates
November 8, 2018

Le'Veon Bell has still not reported to the Steelers to sign his franchise tender for the 2018 season.

According to the manager of a local L.A. Fitness, the Steelers running back was spotted working out at the gym Wednesday. It was indeed Bell and he is indeed back in Pittsburgh. Bell has failed to sign his $14.5 million franchise tender while preserving his long-term health for a future lucrative contract. As Kaboly noted, the Steelers are most likely not going to tag him at such an enormous number, which would virtually make him a free agent.

That difference would be more than $10 million guaranteed money next year that would assure Bell that the Steelers wouldn't franchise tag him for a third season and allow him to seek other offers from the outside whether in free agency or the transition tag. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Bell must report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday or he will be ineligible for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN. He would have earned $14.5 million this season had he signed the Steelers' franchise tender, but chose to hold out in an effort to secure a more lucrative long-term contract with Pittsburgh or a trade to team willing to offer him one.

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If he plays games this year, the Steelers could try to prove Bell's transition tag should be prorated.

But seriously, though. How do you do that upside-down thing on Twitter?

"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing", Bell wrote. & that's clearly on them.

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