Le'Veon Bell back in Pittsburgh but no word on meeting team

Annette Crawford
November 8, 2018

The saga between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell may not be even close to over. He has lost $855,529 for very week he's missed so far. 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. If he doesn't report for the team's Week 11 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he won't play in 2018.

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.

Bell faces a deadline of November 13 to report in order to play at all this season. According to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero that salary would be more than $25 million next season.

Bell has been in Miami working out this season but did leave Monday to head to Pittsburgh. It's a non-exclusive deal worth the average of the top 10 salaries at a position. He would have earned $14.5 million this season had he signed the Steelers' franchise tender, but made a decision 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. He can become a free agent in 2019 if the Steelers do not place a third tag on him. If the Steelers match, regardless of the offer, Bell would have to sign that deal with Pittsburgh. Without Bell, the Steelers have started their 2018 season 5-2-1 as replacement running back James Connor has racked up 706 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, which are both the second-highest totals in the league.

The Steelers selected the Michigan State product in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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