Friday, 22 February, 2019

Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell unlikely to report to team

Le'Veon Bell Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell unlikely to report to team
Kristopher Love | 11 November, 2018, 18:57

According to Adam Schefter, the All-Pro running back is unlikely to return to the team by the Tuesday deadline, forfeiting his eligibility for the 2018 season. But, he's already forfeited $8.5 million of that salary by not reporting, and will lose the remaining $6 million if he doesn't report by the deadline. The transition tag has always been the more likely of the two tags to be utilized in this case, and team and league sources would be very surprised if the Steelers do not apply it in 2019 whether Bell plays or not. According to the National Football League collective bargaining agreement, if the running back doesn't report before the deadline, he would be ineligible to play the rest of the season.

Although reports indicate that Bell would not be reporting this week, Steelers owner Art Rooney believed otherwise.

The Steelers will avoid having to deal with the possibility of Bell's return impacting a team that has won five straight and rallied to play well without him. Does a franchise tag count if a player does not sign nor show up?

This much is clear, Bell's time in Pittsburgh is up and Conner's playing like he'll be in the Steel City for years to come.

Bell sparked rumors that he's about to end his holdout when he tweeted that he's leaving Miami, where he spent most of his time during his still ongoing holdout, and getting spotted in Pittsburgh playing pickup basketball.

Bell, who was designated with the franchise tag for the second year in a row this season, had been slated to earn $14.5 million.