Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
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Steelers' Bell doesn't report, will sit season

Steelers' Bell doesn't report, will sit season

"He was a great teammate, a great football player".

Bell had until 4 p.m. Tuesday to report, or be ineligible to play for the remainder of the season. "To each his own and what they want to walk away from".

That's pretty cold on Bell's part, but it's not like it's a major change from the way Bell has approached the rest of this season.

Taking the financial implications out of it, Roethlisberger said it would be hard for him to sit out a season, particularly in the prime of his career. "It's kind of what keeps me coming back after so many years, too". Even the Steelers didn't really know if Bell was going to show up by the deadline until it passed and he wasn't there. But like I said, to each their own. "I can't comment on him".

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second time this past off-season, but the 26-year-old has chose to sit out the year and wait for a long-term contract rather than play under the tag, which would have paid him $14.5 million this season. "I am glad we won't have to talk about this anymore though".


They lead the AFC North at 6-2-1 and have won five straight games.

He trails only the Rams' Todd Gurley in yards from scrimmage with 1,158 (771 rushing and 387 receiving).

Bell, who turns 27 in February, had 7,996 total yards and 42 touchdowns in 62 games as a starter for the Steelers.

"We have guys who have National Football League experience, and we have a guy who is getting experience", Roethlisberger said.

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