Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019

Florence Fletcher
November 9, 2018

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report by the team's Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10.

Pictures and videos circulated online late Tuesday of Bell in the club. Bell has been working out in Miami this season, but on Monday he tweeted "Fairwell Miami" without further explanation. Footage of Bell's run at L.A. Fitness surfaced shortly after he took the court, but he still hasn't made an appearance at the Steelers' practice facility.

According to Kaboly's source, a franchise tag for Bell this offseason would be considered the third whether the running back reports by the November 13 deadline or not. Bell has sat out the first nine weeks of the regular season and has not signed his franchise tender for the season.

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.

The transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate with other teams and allow the Steelers to match any offer.

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Per NFL rules, Bell must report to the Steelers by Tuesday or forfeit the whole season, as well as be subject to another franchise tag in 2019.

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.

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

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. Don't judge me off my decision because maybe this isn't what you'd do. & that's clearly on them ...

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