Pittsburgh Steelers Beat Writer Offers Major Le’Veon Bell Update

Ross Houston
November 8, 2018

The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is a complicated animal, and apparently even Le'Veon Bell is still learning the ins and outs of it.

There have mixed reports dating back to the preseason on when Bell would report to the team, with an expectation he would return to the team during their Week 7 bye.

Pictures and videos circulated online late Tuesday of Bell in the club.

The Steelers running back, idle all season after refusing to sign his $14.5 million franchise-tag tender, posted two tweets - both in upside down text - on Wednesday in which he defended his holdout and refused to apologize to teammates or fans.


Bell, a member of L.A. Fitness who has spent past offseasons working out there, recently left Miami, where he has trained while away from the Steelers.

The bottom line here remains that we'll know when Bell signs when and if he signs.

Reports from earlier in the season suggested Bell needed to sign with the team by November 13 if he wanted to retain his free agent eligibility following the season.

If Bell fails to report, the transition tag would be around $14.5 million, or 120 percent of his $12.1 million franchise tag from 2017, since that's the previous year he played.


Bell said the Steelers told him they plan to place the transition tag on him this offseason, and a source confirmed to ESPN that the tag would be worth approximately $9 million to $10 million.

Until the issue is resolved, the Steelers will continue to lean on second-year rusher James Conner, who is enjoying a breakout year in Bell's absence.

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