Pittsburgh Steelers Beat Writer Offers Major Le’Veon Bell Update

08 November, 2018, 10:17 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • What Should Steelers Do With Le'Veon Bell If He Returns

The running back said goodbye to Miami on Monday but still has not reported to the team.

Per NFL rules, Bell must report to the Steelers by Tuesday or forfeit the whole season, as well as be subject to another franchise tag in 2019. He has lost $855,529 for very week he's missed so far.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports there's a "real possibility" Bell will simply let next Tuesday's deadline to sign the franchise tag pass and sit out the season.

Clearly, based on this report, that doesn't mean he'll be returning to the team. Bell has made it clear over the past few months that he didn't sign the one-year franchise tender because he didn't want to risk his health, and on Wednesday, he stood by that decision.

That number is high enough that the team would likely either release Bell into free agency or place the transition tag on him.


Pro Football Talk has been reporting that the Steelers could franchise tag Bell again this offseason for the second time if he doesn't report by November 13 at the same salary number of around $14.5 million, as the 2018 franchise tag would not count as one of the three the team can use on Bell. It would be worth around $9-10 million and allow the team to match any offer to Bell.

If you needed another update on where Pittsburgh Steelers running back is, we've got it for you.

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to Kaboly, Bell has already accrued the necessary seasons in order to become a free agent in 2019.

He rushed for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns over 15 games in 2017 with the Steelers, his fifth year in Pittsburgh.

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