Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
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Pittsburgh Steelers can place transition tag on RB Le'Veon Bell

Pittsburgh Steelers can place transition tag on RB Le'Veon Bell

It started when the Steelers were not able to work out an extension with Bell the offseason before his first of two franchise taggings.

Following his team's fourth straight win, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro said it didn't matter if running back Le'Veon Bell ends his holdout and returns to the team.

Now, this would lead some to believe he is leaving Miami to rejoin the Steelers in Pittsburgh. - Steelers coach Mike Tomlin during Monday's news conference.

"We haven't spent a lot of time focused on it because it's not within our control". However, Bell does have a deadline that's written into the collective bargaining agreement: If he doesn't sign his franchise tag by 4 p.m. ET on November 13, then he won't be eligible to play in the National Football League this season.

Conner, a third-round pick past year who saw limited time backing up Bell, has three straight 100-yard rushing games and four on the season; he is averaging 4.7 yards per carry on 127 chances, with nine rushing touchdowns. Benching Le'Veon Bell would show that nobody is bigger than the team. "We need volunteers, not hostages, so we're focused on the guys that are here, that are working, and James is part of that mix".

If he doesn't, the Steelers have the option of placing either the franchise or transition tag on Bell next year, both of which would seemingly be options he would want to avoid.

"Honestly, no one cares anymore", DeCastro said on Sunday, via "Why would I? I don't want to waste the energy". Landing a long-term mega-deal after sitting out this long may prove to be quite hard, given how his stance this season has been interpreted around the league, even if he manages to put up big numbers after a Pittsburgh return. It's possible that Bell and the Steelers have finally agreed on something that would, for the time being, satisfy both parties.

Still, it would be shocking if the Steelers turned away a player of Bell's caliber.

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