OK, the Le’Veon Bell story just got turned upside-down

Lynette Rowe
November 8, 2018

Because apparently that's what Le'Veon's camp reportedly did as they scanned the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, because now the superstar running back might get on a flight back to Miami because there's no point in him taking the field at all!

After learning more about what his status would be for next season under the NFL's CBA, there's now a "real possibility" Le'Veon Bell won't report to the Pittsburgh Steeler by the franchise tag deadline of November 13.

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 has until next Tuesday to report to the team to maintain his eligibility for the season. Bell remains absent from the team, though it was believed he would join the team following its upcoming game against Carolina.

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.

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The Steelers placed the franchise tag on him for the second straight year last March and failed to reach a long-time deal by the summer time deadline.

That number is high enough that the team would likely either release Bell into free agency or place the transition tag on him.

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.

Until the issue is resolved, the Steelers will continue to lean on second-year rusher James Conner, who is enjoying a breakout year in Bell's absence.

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