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Steelers raid Le'Veon Bell's locker, celebrate their found treasure

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Kristopher Love | 15 November, 2018, 21:11

The long-running Le'Veon Bell saga finally came to an end on Tuesday, as the star Steelers running back elected not to sign his franchise tag tender by the 4 p.m. deadline and is thus ineligible to play during the 2018 season. "He was a great teammate and football player".

Guard Ramon Foster, who also serves as the Steelers' NFL Players Association rep, offered some advice for Bell.

"To each their own on what they want to walk away from", he said. While the Steelers could slap a transition tag on Bell in the offseason, all signs point to the three-time Pro Bowl selection hitting the open market and finding a new home.

Linebacker Bud Dupree nabbed two pairs of Jordan cleats and playfully thanked his teammate when speaking with the media on Wednesday.

A day after Bell's decision to sit out the season, his locker at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex remained intact with a collection of jerseys and shoes gathered under his name plate. "That's what keeps me coming back after so many years. I am glad that we won't talk about this anymore, though".

"It would be tough", Roethlisberger said.

"I think the Houston Texans could really use Le'Veon Bell", Kellerman said. At least one Steeler did try to get in touch with Bell ahead of the deadline. Additionally, Bell's replacement James Conner ranks second in the National Football League with 1,158 yards from scrimmage and has reached the endzone 11 times.