Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Le'Veon Bell hasn't talked to Steelers, unlikely to report this week

Le'Veon Bell hasn't talked to Steelers, unlikely to report this week

If you didn't think the plot could get any thicker in the Pittsburgh Steelers-Le'Veon Bell saga, you're clearly not reading the fine print.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back played basketball at an L.A. Fitness club in North Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, a manager with L.A. Fitness confirmed to ESPN. Pittsburgh resident John Maus, who posted a video of Bell on his Snapchat story, said the subject in his video is "110 percent Le'Veon" and his video was shot live.

Bell has played five seasons with Pittsburgh since getting drafted by the organization in the second round in 2013 out of Michigan State.

Many expect Bell to report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday, the deadline for eligibility to play this season, but he reportedly has had no contact with the Steelers this week, and the team remains in the dark about his plans.

Bell would surrender the final $6.84 million of his salary if he elects not to sign the franchise tender.


What that would mean is that in order to tag him next year as a franchise player, the Steelers would have to commit to paying Bell $25 million in guaranteed money.

With James Connor has proven his National Football League mettle in Bell's absence, the Steelers are unlikely to offer Bell a one-year $25 million franchise contract next season, meaning he'll be able to test his market value as an unrestricted free agent.

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.

"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing", Bell wrote.

But seriously, though. How do you do that upside-down thing on Twitter?

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