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SportMaking sense of Le'Veon Bell's options as deadline to report to Steelers nears

20:20  08 november  2018
20:20  08 november  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell won't be traded in 2018, report says

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell won't be traded in 2018, report says The disgruntled running back won't be eligible to be dealt this season if he fails to sign his franchise tag before Tuesday's deadline.

Steelers running back Le ' Veon Bell plans to report during the Week 7-8 time frame, a source has The Steelers are exploring trade options for Bell , though Bell believes he can stay with the team. Bell ' s plan to report later this month would not dissuade the Steelers from making a trade that made

Pro Bowl running back Le ' Veon Bell has yet to sign his franchise tag and join the Pittsburgh Steelers . Maurice Jones-Drew, who knows what the The Steelers and Bell are in this situation because, for the second straight year, the parties couldn't agree on Bell ' s worth before the July 16 deadline to

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Decision time has arrived in Le'Veon Bell's holdout. For real this time. The running back who the Steelers franchise tagged in the spring, after he reportedly turned down a contract offer from Pittsburgh in search of a better deal, must report to the team and sign his tender within the next few days if he wants to play this season.

Of course, Bell might not care to play this season at all.

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The 26-year-old has his mind set on free agency in 2019, where he expects to get the lucrative, long-term contract he desires, and he's five months away. Even though the Steelers technically control Bell's short-term fate and could still block his path to the open market, his hitting unrestricted free agency in March is a virtual guarantee.

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le ' Veon Bell missed Saturday's reporting deadline and will not play More: Steelers ' Antonio Brown eager for Le ' Veon Bell to return. Bell ' s agent, Adisa Bakari Detroit Lions cornerback Quandre Diggs makes an interception and scores a touchdown against the

As deadline nears , Le ' Veon Bell and Steelers not in contact. Le ' Veon Bell has not had contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, sources tell ESPN' s Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler, and is not expected to report to the team in time for Thursday night' s game against the Panthers, increasing the

As Bell's deadline nears and the saga of his refusal to report to the Steelers this season ends, below are some clarifications regarding why (and if) Bell needs to report, what happens if he does not report and the financial ramifications of his decisions.

When will Le’Veon Bell report to the Steelers?

Bell might report to the Steelers within the next five days. Or … he might not. Despite reports that he would show up during Pittsburgh’s bye a few weeks ago, he did not, setting the stage for decision time.

The NFL's collective bargaining agreement (CBA) states that Bell must report to the Steelers and sign his franchise tender by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, or he can’t play at all this season. Because Bell recently left Miami, where he has been living and training since the offseason, and has been spotted in Pittsburgh, many assume he’s ready to report to the Steelers and sign his tender to play in the last seven games of the season.

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The ongoing drama between Le ' Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers will soon be coming to an end, although with just one week to go until Bell ' s deadline to If Bell wants to play football in 2018, he has to report to the team by Nov. 13, and with just over one week to go until that deadline , Bell sent

Le ' Veon Bell stayed home another day, and teammates were livid. Le ' Veon Bell ' s agent, Adisa Bakari, declines to say when his client will report to the Steelers and explains why the What options do the Steelers have from a business standpoint? The Steelers can rescind the tag and send Bell

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But Bell’s camp reportedly is weighing whether to return to the team at all. His ultimate goal is to hit free agency in the offseason as a healthy RB in his prime; a year without football is the best way to preserve that health.

With Bell as the Steelers’ franchise player, though, there has been some unclarity regarding his status for 2019 should he choose not to report this season. That’s addressed below.

What happens if Le’Veon Bell does not report to the Steelers by Nov. 13?

If Bell does not report to the Steelers and sign his franchise tender by 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, he will not be able to play in the NFL this season. That would mean the loss of an accrued season for Bell, who has been franchise tagged two years in a row by the Steelers. But that doesn't necessarily matter.

Even without an accrued season in 2018, if Bell were to be tagged again by the Steelers in 2019, it would count as his third franchise tag; it would not revert to his second. Per the CBA, Pittsburgh in that case would be required to tender Bell non-exclusively (with first- and third-round comp picks attached) at the average of the top five highest-paid players at the league's highest-paid position.

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Steelers expect Le’Veon Bell to report next week, Art Rooney II says Bell has until Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET to join his team or he forfeits the 2018 season. But Steelers president Art Rooney II is confident Bell will report before the deadline, though there's still some uncertainty of Bell's plans. "I don't know what his plans are, but I would say that at this point we expect him to come back next week," Rooney said Thursday on Sirius XM radio. "We know he's back in Pittsburgh, so we're hoping to have some communications with him over the weekend. We're kind of expecting he'll be back next week." [email protected] Owner Art Rooney II on Le'Veon Bell and his contract situation...

With Steelers running back Le ’ Veon Bell missing another day of practice Thursday, his time away from the team is inching closer toward being a holdout When was he expected to report ? All indications pegged Labor Day as his anticipated arrival. Last year, Bell signed his tag, took a physical and

As deadline nears , Le ' Veon Bell and Steelers not in contact. Le ' Veon Bell has not had contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, sources tell ESPN, and barring an unforeseen development in the next few days, is not expected to report to the team in time for Thursday night' s game against the

The Steelers are not about to tag Bell for a third time and have to pay him top-five quarterback money.

Also per the CBA, if the Steelers do not tag Bell in 2019, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

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How much money has Le’Veon Bell lost?

When the Steelers exit Week 10 without Bell signed, he will have lost $8,555,290 million in guaranteed salary this season. If he does not report by Tuesday’s deadline, that number will jump to $14.544 million, the full amount of the franchise tender he refused to sign.

Bell has lost $855,529 per week by not reporting this season. If he does report to the team before Tuesday’s deadline, the maximum amount he can earn over the rest of the season is $5.9 million.

Will Le’Veon Bell play for the Steelers next season?

No … unless he for some reason sits out another season and plays for a recreational flag football team that happens to be named the Steelers.

Technically Bell could play in Pittsburgh again next season, either via an expensive tag or via a re-signing in free agency. Given the circumstances, neither is likely.

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Why would the Steelers trade Le ' Veon Bell now? It' s possible the Steelers thought Bell looked too out of shape in those jet ski photos. Bell would have to agree to sign the remainder of the franchise tag and report to the new team. And he'd have to be willing to do so without the promise of a contract

Le ' Veon Bell has still not reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers just days before their first game of the As the deadline nears , Steelers players seem to be losing patience. Veteran guard Ramon Foster on ESPN' s Jeremy Fowler reported in July that the Steelers ' offer for Bell started at million per

SN contributor Jeff Diamond recently explained how Bell’s holdout has not gone as the RB might have planned. Steelers second-year RB James Conner has been productive in Bell’s absence, and the team is leading its division halfway through the season.

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Further, the messages sent by Bell’s Pittsburgh teammates and coaches suggest they have either already moved on or will have no problem doing so. As Diamond wrote, the damage has been done.

The Steelers probably will let Bell walk in free agency in 2019 and hope he receives a good enough deal elsewhere in order for Pittsburgh to receive a third-round compensatory draft pick.

Why is Le’Veon Bell holding out from the Steelers?

Technically, Bell is not holding out from the Steelers because, well, he’s not currently a Steelers player.

Because Bell has not signed his franchise tender, he is not on the roster or employed by the team in any way. The term holdout is used in principle, not literally.

Bell reportedly was offered a five-year, $70 million deal (with $33 million guaranteed) by the Steelers before the season, but he turned it down. He feels his talents transcend his position, therefore making him more valuable than a typical running back.

Beyond the reported dispute around Bell’s value, the RB evidently wants to remain healthy so that value, whatever it may be, does not decline ahead of his eventual free agency. The less time he spends on the field, the more likely he is to be 100 percent for 2019.

Of course, as Diamond argues, Bell’s refusal to report to the Steelers could raise questions from NFL general managers who might be interested in signing him as a free agent. They could doubt Bell’s commitment and motivation. Many within the Steelers organization already do.

Steelers teammates clean out Le'Veon Bell's locker after missed deadline.
The disgruntled running back isn’t returning to Pittsburgh this season, so his teammates took the stuff he left behind.

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