ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell "plans to play a full 16-game season."
Meaning he does not plan to holdout into the regular season. According to NFL Network's Ike Taylor, there is a "strong possibility" he will skip at least part of training camp, something he is able to do without fine because he has yet to sign his franchise tender. On the contract front, Bell said he turned down an offer for reportedly "over" $12 million per year because he wants to be paid like a running back and a No. 2 receiver, a number Taylor thinks is around $15 million. That is probably not going to happen anytime soon considering the Steelers can franchise him again next year for around $14.5 million, but Bell should completely reshape the running back market when he signs a long-term deal.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers offered Le'Veon Bell "over" $12 million per year.
Pelissero adds the deal included $30 million in the first two years, which is more than Bell will make if he is tagged again next spring, and $42 million over three. If the details are accurate, the proposed deal would have blown the roof off the running back market, suggesting there was an issue with guarantees or perhaps a suspension provision. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender and may wait well into training camp to do so, but there is little doubt he will at some point.
Unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell said he wants to help reestablish the running back market.
"The running back market definitely took a hit, and I can't be the guy who continues to let it take a hit," Bell said. "We do everything. We block, we run, we catch the ball. Our value isn't where it needs to be. I'm taking it upon myself to open up some eyes and show the position is more valuable." Bell and the Steelers failed to reach a long-term deal ahead of Monday's deadline, so Bell will be playing 2017 on the $12.12 million franchise tender. Bell will be 26 next offseason and said he still hopes to secure a long-term deal in Pittsburgh next year. He deserves to be the game's highest-paid back.
Bell (groin) and the Steelers were unable to agree to a long-term contract prior to Monday's 4:00 PM EST deadline, meaning he'll play this season under Pittsburgh's $12.1 million franchise tag, ESPN's Adam Schefter
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell may not report to Steelers camp until "mid-to-late August."
As Bell has not signed his $12.1 million franchise tender, he is not obligated to report to training camp or any football activities. It is in Bell's best interest to stay in shape on his own and lower his risk of suffering a pre-season injury. The Steelers likely don't mind, as Bell's absence will allow them to more closely evaluate third-round pick James Conner, and Bell has a history of being away from the team and playing at an elite level upon his immediate return.
The Steelers were unable to finalize a long-term deal with franchise player Le'Veon Bell ahead of Monday's 4pm ET deadline.
No deal was expected, although a Bell contract was at one point considered likelier than Kirk Cousins or Trumaine Johnson signing long-term deals with their respective clubs. Bell remains unsigned, but he hasn't threatened to hold out for all of training camp, let alone outwardly considered sitting out Week 1. We fully expect Bell to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.
Bell (groin) has until 4:00 EST Monday to secure a long-term contract with the Steelers, but an agreement is not currently considered close, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport
Bell (groin) has until 4:00 p.m. EDT on Monday to secure a long-term contract with the Steelers, but an agreement isn't considered imminent, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network
Bell (groin) and the Steelers were unable to agree to a long-term contract prior to Monday's 4:00 p.m. EDT deadline, meaning he'll play this season under the $12.1 million franchise tag, Adam Schefter of ESPN
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers and franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell are still negotiating a long-term deal, but an agreement is not "close or imminent."
The deadline for a deal is 4 pm ET today, and RapSheet believes it "may go down to the wire." There does not seem to be much optimism about a long-term deal, but Bell at least has a shot unlike Kirk Cousins and Rams CB Trumaine Johnson. If he does not land an extension, Bell will earn $12.1 million this season under the terms of the tag.
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