Steelers Won't Rescind Le'Veon Bell's $14.5 Million Franchise Tender

LeVeon Bell walking on the field

LeVeon Bell walking on the field

Bell is a tough situation. Bell only needs to return then to accrue a full season and become a free agent next year. "I want to take him down multiple times". He wants to stay healthy so his open-market value is not diminished.

What the Steelers can wait for at this point is Bell to join them.

Bell also skipped the entirety of training camp last season, but reported for duty on September 1st and played Week 1. If Bell shows up in September, Tomlin should definitely sit him for at least a week to get his body game-ready-and as a matter of principle. However, things aren't looking too good in the Steel City right now, at least not when it comes to superstar running back Le'Veon Bell. In the background of the Bell drama, Conner has developed into a worthy heir apparent.

Bell did not report to the Steelers' facility for Wednesday morning meetings and has not signed his $14.5 million franchise tag, setting the stage for James Conner to start Sunday at Cleveland. That's 60 more touches than any other National Football League player last fall.

Bell reportedly turned down a 5-year deal worth $70 million back in July, just before the deadline to sign franchise-tagged players had passed, but promised fans that 2018 would be his best season yet.

A standout football player in high school, Bell later played college football at Michigan State University from 2010 to 2012 and opted to enter the 2013 NFL Draft after his junior season, ultimately being selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the second round. Not only did the Steelers running back "like" Bleacher Report's Instagram post of Pouncey and Foster's comments, but he also left an ominous one-word reply. All that feels like years ago now. In 11 years as the Steelers' head coach he's never had a losing record; he's won at least 10 games eight times, and he won it all once.

But before his setback, McDonald was tabbed for a big starting role, fresh off what he did in the Steelers' loss to the Jaguars in the playoffs - catch 10 of 16 targets for 112 yards.

That time came and passed. McDonald when healthy can extend the outlets Conner and Samuels provide out of the backfield. You're a little mad that things didn't get done. With Smith-Schuster doubling down on the danger of Brown, new coordinator Randy Fichtner is bound to use the threat of the run to set up more play-action deep shots.

Whatever Bell's plan is, he isn't telling.

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