Le’Veon Bell may not report by deadline after learning new information

Source ‘New’ info has Le’Veon Bell now contemplating whether he will sign tag

Source ‘New’ info has Le’Veon Bell now contemplating whether he will sign tag

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. Bell has until next Tuesday to report to the team to maintain his eligibility for the season.

Le'Veon Bell is back in Pittsburgh.

Bell must sign his franchise tender or sign a one-year deal with the team ahead of the November 13 deadline in order to retain his eligibility for this season. That makes sense and would seemingly be the player's only incentive to show up, but there is now some disagreement about whether that is actually the case.

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"If he doesn't want to play for $14.5 million, why would he want to play for $5 million?" the source told ESPN, referring to the prorated balance remaining on Bell's $14.5 million franchise tender.

Another option for Pittsburgh if it wanted to place a third tag on Bell would be the transition tag.

The bottom line here remains that we'll know when Bell signs when and if he signs. Similar to the non-exclusive tag, the transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate a deal with another team, but the Steelers would have the chance to match.

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With James Connor has proven his National Football League mettle in Bell's absence, the Steelers are unlikely to offer Bell a one-year $25 million franchise contract next season, meaning he'll be able to test his market value as an unrestricted free agent.

While he was spotted hooping it up with the locals at a gym he is reportedly known to frequent, there have been no reported sightings of Bell around Steelers camp. Bell already has played the four-plus seasons he needs to become a free agent after the season.

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