Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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Le'Veon Bell back in Pittsburgh but no word on meeting team

Le'Veon Bell back in Pittsburgh but no word on meeting team

Instead of getting the average salary of the five highest paid running backs for next season, the team would pay him what a quarterback would make on the franchise tag if Pittsburgh offered Bell an exclusive franchise tender in 2019.

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.

The Athletic reported a month ago that Bell would qualify as a third franchise tag even if he didn't show by the deadline.

The collective bargaining agreement mandates that any player on a contract or on a tender must report by the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season if he wants to play that year.

Bell begrudgingly played last season under the franchise tag, but declined to do so in 2018.

Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 on the season and sit first in the AFC North, while Bell's replacement, James Conner, sits second in the National Football League in rushing yards.

But despite Bell's tweet, the Steelers still haven't heard from him and their focus remains the same with the players and coaches in the building as they prepare for Thursday's game vs. Carolina, a source told ESPN. As Kaboly noted, the Steelers are most likely not going to tag him at such an enormous number, which would virtually make him a free agent.

Bell, 26, hasn't played in a single game this season after he was hit with the franchise tag for the second year in a row. If the Steelers match, regardless of the offer, Bell would have to sign that deal with Pittsburgh.

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