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Sport Explaining all the options for both sides in Le'Veon Bell's holdout

18:06  08 september  2018
18:06  08 september  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Le ' Veon Bell must have been hoping he would have an Emmitt Smith-style holdout . Smith held out of Cowboys training camp for a new contract after winning his second straight rushing title and the first of three Super But Bell decided to hold out past the point of diminishing returns and common sense.

The great Le ’ Veon Bell holdout of 2018 is on. The star Steelers running back could be playing his final season in Pittsburgh. ESPN’s Adam Schefter added some fuel to Bell ’ s fire this morning when he reported that it’s possible Bell sits out for the first half of the NFL season due to playing on the tag.

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Everybody expected Le’Veon Bell to show up in Pittsburgh this week, sign his one-year franchise tender and suit up for the Steelers against the Browns on Sunday. But Bell apparently has had a change of heart and will not play this season … at least not yet.

This is an odd situation that requires a explanation. Why might the running back look to skip the season, and why can’t the Steelers do much about it?

Bell earlier this year was hit with the franchise tender, more commonly known as the franchise tag, which pretty much tied him to the Steelers for one year at $14.55 million this season. The sides had until July 15 to work out a long-term contract. Pittsburgh reportedly offered him a deal in the ballpark of $15 million per season, which Bell turned down. That July 15 deadline was the final opportunity for a long-term deal this year, so his current holdout will not end with an extension with the Steelers.

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Running back Le ’ Veon Bell predictably held out of training camp when the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to sign him to a long-term extension, but he was always Bell finally ended his holdout on Sept. 1, just as he promised a couple of weeks ago. On Monday, the team announced Bell had officially signed his

Share All sharing options for : Everything you need to know about Le ’ Veon Bell ’ s breakup with the Steelers. When he does take the field next, it will be with a new team. The Steelers had the option to use the franchise tag on Bell again, or the transition tag, but instead they will let him walk in free

Both sides are well aware of that.

At this point, there are only three things the Steelers can do with Bell’s tender. The first is to rescind it.

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Rescinding Bell's tag would immediately make him a free agent and allow him to sign with any team. This is highly unlikely, though. The Steelers don’t want to see Bell lining up for the Bengals or Patriots. And, because the team feels it made Bell a strong offer, Pittsburgh probably does not want to afford Bell such freedom.

The second option: The Steelers could place a no franchise designation for 2019 in Bell’s contract. The RB then could find comfort in knowing he would be free next year. But with the cost of the franchise tag being so high (in excess of $23 million) next year, for Pittsburgh, this would just be a paper stamp. For Bell, it’s not worth the loss of weekly salaries this year.

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It’ s official: Le ’ Veon Bell won’t play for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. He had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to end his months-long holdout , but decided But by sitting out , he gives the Steelers few options to keep him for another year. A third franchise tag would pay Bell like a franchised quarterback — a

While Bell has yet to appear or sign his franchise tag, his teammates are speaking out about his absence. With the team' s Week 1 game against the But not if it' s game day. We have a game this Sunday, we're all the way into the game plan and you're still not here?" "Obviously it' s Le ' Veon over

The final option for the Steelers is to give Bell a raise for 2018. While they can’t extend the RB, they are allowed to negotiate a different one-year contract with him. Rams RB Todd Gurley will earn in excess of $20 million this year — perhaps that is Bell’s goal. But, again, the Steelers have little reason to do it.

The ball is basically in Bell’s court as to when and if he reports. He is tagged, but he is not under contract because he has not signed the tender. The Steelers can’t fine him or discipline him in any way for remaining away from the team. Bell does forfeit $855,529 for each game his misses this year, which is a significant number. If he does not report by week 11, he will be barred from playing in the NFL this season.

Because Bell is unsigned, this situation is unlike other scenarios in which a contract normally carries over to the next year. He has all but burned his bridge with the Steelers, so the team is not likely to offer another $15 million-per-year deal.

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Le ’ Veon Bell ’ s Steelers Teammates Get Personal Over His Extended Holdout . Money and contracts are typically off-limits for NFL players, but with Le ’ Veon Bell still holding out and Sunday‘s season opener rapidly approaching, his Steelers teammates bring up the subject to get their message across.

What Is Le ’ Veon Bell Worth? Reddit. Flipboard. The side of the Steelers locker room where Maurkice Pouncey sat was mostly quiet. Bell ’ s holdout is highly unusual. With the deadline for negotiations with tagged players coming and going in July, league rules prevent Bell from negotiating

The Steelers’ only option, then, is to tag Bell again next season. But with the cost so high, they won’t. That probably sheds some light on what Bell is looking to gain: protection for himself.

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Running back is different than almost all other positions in the NFL. Veteran RBs are more or less looked down upon when they reach free agency. They’re dinged for a number of reasons — age, injuries, usage levels, etc. — and scrutinized more than other players. While salaries have skyrocketed for other positions, running backs have been flat, with the market peaking at just more than $8 million over the last few years before Gurley signed his $14 million-per-year contract.

Bell is a rare workhorse back. He has an injury history and a good deal of wear-and-tear on his body. He might have decided a year of more than 400 touches and the threat of another injury will seriously diminish his value. The money in free agency (if he can land a deal like Gurley’s) is too much to risk.

In terms of new money, Gurley received $33 million in injury guarantees and $37 million over his first two new contract years. It’s fair to assume Bell’s worth could be $40 million over two seasons. If Bell were to play this year for $14.5 million, he would need to earn at least $25.5 million between 2019 and 2020 to reach the same $40 million in earnings. No other running back earns that much over two years, so anything that drops Bell’s status to “normal player” territory could cost him money.

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Le ’ Veon Bell doesn’t look as if he’ll be diving across the goal line on Sunday for the Steelers. After missing all of training camp, Le ’ Veon Bell is continuing his holdout as he hopes for a long-term deal. Missing camp isn’t egregious, but the situation got serious Monday, when he did not show up for the

Le ’ Veon Bell had until 4 p.m. ET on Nov. 13 to report to Steelers if he was going to play this season. Bell could have earned .5 million if he had played all season under the tag for a second straight While many of the Steelers’ biggest problems come on the defensive side of the ball, adding another

Whether Bell is making the right decision by holding out is hard to say. It’s possible that the Gurley-money market only exists for one player. Also in play is the fact that Cardinals RB David Johnson has not received an extension to give Bell a second point of reference.

In general, star running backs have not fared well in free agency. For Bell, it’s probably beneficial financially to play on the high salary this year.

Bell giving up more than $850,000 per week, only to come back and play later in the season and still risk injury, makes no sense. He needs to be all in on his choice — either sit out the entire season or report ASAP and play the whole season.

Any other decision puts money at risk.

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