Why Le’Veon Bell Considering Holding Out For Entire Season

Why Le’Veon Bell Considering Holding Out For Entire Season

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back is considering holding out for the duration of the season, instead of returning by the November 13 deadline as many suspect he will, because he stands to benefit a clause in the NFL's collective-bargaining agreement with players that recently caught his representatives' attention, The Athletic's Mark Kaboly reported Tuesday, citing a source. There have mixed reports dating back to the preseason on when Bell would report to the team, with an expectation he would return to the team during their Week 7 bye.

13 to report to the team to be eligible to play this season.

The saga between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell may not be even close to over.

Pro Football Talk has been reporting that the Steelers could franchise tag Bell again this offseason for the second time if he doesn't report by November 13 at the same salary number of around $14.5 million, as the 2018 franchise tag would not count as one of the three the team can use on Bell. If the Steelers did decide to go that route, it would be even more costly than normal. According to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero that salary would be more than $25 million next season.

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Bell, a member of L.A. Fitness who has spent past offseasons working out there, recently left Miami, where he has trained while away from the Steelers.

That number is high enough that the team would likely either release Bell into free agency or place the transition tag on him. A major key difference between the transition tag and the non-exclusive tag though is if Pittsburgh decided not to match a deal after putting Bell on the transition tag it would not get back any sort of compensation. The Steelers aren't going to pay him $25 million, which means their only option in 2019 would be using the transition tag.

Bell has played five seasons with Pittsburgh since getting drafted by the organization in the second round in 2013 out of Michigan State.

He rushed for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns over 15 games in 2017 with the Steelers, his fifth year in Pittsburgh.

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