Latest On Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell will report to the Steelers before the regular season starts, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter) hears. However, it’s still unclear exactly when Bell will report to the team. Le'Veon Bell (vertical)

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If Bell were to miss games, he would be forfeiting the prorated portion of his $12.12MM salary for 2017. That would be a major gamble for Bell, whereas Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald can afford to hold the line since he’s only making $3.225MM. All along, the Steelers have expected that Bell would show up before Week 1.

“Really, a holdout does not benefit him in any way,’’ GM Kevin Colbert said recently. “So, again, I hope that he sees the benefits of being here and comes in here sooner than later.” 

Prior to the franchise extension deadline, the Steelers offered Bell a five-year, $60MM deal with $30MM in the first two years of the contract and $42MM over the first three seasons. The pact would have reset the market at the running back position, but Bell presumably balked at the lack of true guarantees at signing.

The Steelers have the ability to franchise tag Bell again next offseason for roughly $14.5MM.

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  1. Big Poison

    Perhaps the players should take more time before approving the cba. The last one the Steelers players voted no. Leveon should thank his peers for approving a contract which leaves the Steelers in no position but to tag him this year and I hope they do it next year too.

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