Le’Veon Bell may not report by deadline after learning new information

Heather Diaz
November 9, 2018

A source told Mark Kaboly of The Athletic that Bell is not a lock to sign his franchise tender prior to the November 13 deadline after he learned that it would still be considered the third time the Steelers use the franchise tag on him if they choose to go that route again this offseason.

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half of the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Heinz Field on January 14, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

"The new information to Bell's camp has them weighing their options as the deadline approaches", according to The Athletic. 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.

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.

Bell is presumably referring to the people who believe that his decision to sit out more than half the season was a disgusting idea.

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That number is high enough that the team would likely either release Bell into free agency or place the transition tag on him. As a result, a third franchise tag from the Steelers would cost the team around $25 million.

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

If he plays games this year, the Steelers could try to prove Bell's transition tag should be prorated. But most people don't take the time to simply read between the lines and that's clearly on them.

On Wednesday night, Bell posted two messages on his Twitter account in upside-down text, saying in part that he's "not apologizing" for his holdout.

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