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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (48) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Le'Veon Bell isn't expected to report before Tuesday's franchise tag deadline.
It means Bell will forfeit his remaining $6.84 million salary and sit out the entire season. Bell already counts as a third-year franchise player for 2019, so there's not much upside in him returning to a timeshare with James Conner. He also avoids injury and potentially extends his career. Bell will either be transition tagged or allowed to walk next offseason, where he'll become one of the highest paid backs in the league. The Steelers can move forward with Conner under team control through 2020. Nov 10 - 8:09 PM
Source: ESPN

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Date:'s Ian Rapoport reports unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell is "in Pittsburgh currently."

Bell was apparently spotted playing basketball at a local gym. Rapsheet reports the Steelers have no clue if Bell is actually planning to report by Tuesday's deadline, but it would stand to reason that he is. Rapsheet also claims the Steelers "really want" Bell back. If Bell finally ends his marathon holdout next week, there's a chance he would be a healthy scratch for Week 11. We will know more soon.
Nov 8 - 6:03 PM

The Athletic's Mark Kaboly reports there's a "real possibility" Le'Veon Bell won’t report by the franchise tag deadline.

Bell tweeted Monday he was leaving his training spot in Miami. There were rumblings he planned to sign his franchise tag this week, but there's a chance he sits out all season. Bell counts as a third-year franchise player in 2019 even if he doesn't sign, so his $25 million tag number will prevent the Steelers from franchising him again in the offseason. Bell will forfeit his remaining $6.84 million salary if he doesn't report before next week.
Nov 7 - 9:26 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers have had no Week 10 contact with unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell, and he is not expected to return for Thursday's game against the Panthers.

Bell has eight days to report if he wants to play in 2018. As has been the case since the spring, his intentions remain unclear. James Conner keeps feasting in Bell's absence.
Nov 5 - 2:33 PM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, the Steelers would consider placing the transition tag on Le'Veon Bell in 2019.

The Steelers have no idea when or if Bell will arrive, though he'll need to report by November 13 in order to play this season. If Bell decides to punt 2018, the Steelers could assign him the transition tag next year, which would be far less expensive than franchise-tagging him for a third straight season. Under the transition tag, the Steelers would be able to match any offer Bell receives elsewhere. Per La Canfora, his projected salary under the transition tag could be as low as $9 million, which is far below the $14.5 million Bell passed up in 2018. The 26-year-old and his agent have played this extremely poorly.
Source: CBS Sports
Nov 4 - 11:02 AM

Holdout RB Le'Veon Bell remains away from the Steelers on Wednesday.

It's our routine Bell update, as the Steelers begin the work week in preparation for the Ravens. PFT's Mike Florio brought up an interesting thought Tuesday after Bell wasn't traded ahead of the trade deadline; perhaps the sides have a "wink-nod" agreement that if Bell doesn't show up at this year, the Steelers will agree not to re-tag him next spring and grant him the free agency he so badly craves. It's clear neither side wants anything to do with the other right now.
Oct 31 - 10:13 AM

Le'Veon Bell's holdout will continue through Week 8.

Bell told ESPN a few weeks ago that he would report to the team between Weeks 7 and 8. Instead, he's going to stay away at least one more week. On Monday, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport suggested Bell will hold out through at least the October 31 trade deadline before reporting to the Steelers. James Conner will continue to operate as Pittsburgh's every-down back in the meantime.
Oct 22 - 5:34 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Le'Veon Bell did not report to the team on Monday morning.

Bell had been expected to return during the bye week, but Jason La Canfora reported Sunday it is "more likely" the running back returns to the team ahead of Week 9. It seems like no one except Bell really knows when he plans to report, and it remains possible he takes his holdout all the way through Week 10, after which he has to report to earn an accrued season and become a free agent. It appears as if James Conner will get at least one more game if not more of workhorse usage.
Oct 22 - 9:23 AM

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Steelers executives believe it's "more likely" holdout RB Le'Veon Bell returns in Week 9.

Bell was thought to be targeting Week 8 for his return but now that seems unlikely. It appears Bell is waiting to see what happens at next week's trade deadline before ending his holdout. The disgruntled running back can't be traded until he signs his franchise tender, though the Steelers could get around this by granting a trade partner permission to speak with him. The Eagles would seem to be the best fit for Bell given their need at running back, though the sides haven't made much progress in recent trade discussions. When Bell reaches free agency in 2019, he'll reportedly be seeking a long-term deal worth $17 million annually with "heavy guarantees."
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 21 - 9:55 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette reports the Steelers don't expect holdout Le'Veon Bell to report to the team this week.

Just because the Steelers "aren't expecting" it doesn't mean it's not going to happen, as Bell has routinely left the team out of the loop on his plans. A couple weeks back, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported Bell planned to report during the Week 7 bye, which is now. We'll continue to be on Bell Watch until/if he does report. The Steelers don't play again for 13 more days.
Oct 15 - 6:21 PM

NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reports there has been "no sign of" Le'Veon Bell at the Steelers' facility on Monday.

Bell will supposedly report to the team this week, but the Steelers remain in the dark about his plans. Even if he does, Pittsburgh could decide to pursue a roster exemption for Bell, potentially keeping him on the sidelines and reducing his pay. The Steelers are also expected to keep utilizing James Conner even once Bell returns, limiting the star's fantasy upside. This situation continues to be an absolute mess.
Oct 15 - 10:41 AM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, holdout RB Le'Veon Bell has had "no contact" with the Steelers despite his expected return in Week 7.

Most reports suggest the disgruntled running back will end his holdout during the Steelers' upcoming bye week, though no one in the organization has heard from him yet. James Conner has performed admirably in Bell's absence, drawing praise from Ben Roethlisberger, who believes Conner should maintain a large role in the Steelers' offense even when Bell eventually comes back. When it comes to Bell and his return, the Steelers remain in "wait-and-see mode."
Oct 14 - 9:45 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles "have not pursued a trade" for holdout Le'Veon Bell and "have no plans to do so."

Bell singled out the Eagles as a potential destination spot for himself when he spoke to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler last week, but the Eagles don't appear to be willing to pay the Steelers' asking price and then hand Bell a gargantuan contract. With Jay Ajayi done for the year with a torn ACL, the Eagles' initial plan looks to be to lean on Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood.
Oct 8 - 7:26 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette suggests Le'Veon Bell and James Conner could be used in a committee when Bell ends his holdout.

This is speculation from Bouchette, but he quizzed players in the locker room on the topic and makes several important points. Most important is the fact that Bell is concerned about his workload, not wanting to be overused by the Steelers as he prepares for 2019 free agency. Conner has been terrific in Bell's absence, more than earning a role in this potential RBBC. Bell also struggled initially to get into football shape following his 2017 training camp holdout.
Oct 8 - 4:37 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said, "I have not talked to Le'Veon [Bell] and I really have no Le'Veon update."

Bell reportedly plans to return to the team during the Week 7 bye, but the coach is not looking that far ahead. "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," Tomlin said. "Nothing has changed from my perspective in that regard." It is exactly what an NFL coach is expected to say, but it is notable after ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Steelers are still listening to trade offers despite Bell's plan to return. Bell is going to play this year, but it remains possible it is not with the Steelers.
Oct 2 - 12:16 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Josh Dobbs
3Mason Rudolph
RB1James Conner
2Stevan Ridley
3Jaylen Samuels
4Le'Veon Bell
GLB1James Conner
2Stevan Ridley
3RB1James Conner
2Jaylen Samuels
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2James Washington
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
WR21JuJu Smith-Schuster
2Justin Hunter
3Ryan Switzer
4Eli Rogers
WR31James Washington
TE1Vance McDonald
2Jesse James
3Xavier Grimble
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Chukwuma Okorafor
LG1Ramon Foster
2B.J. Finney
C1Maurkice Pouncey
RG1David DeCastro
2Matt Feiler
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Zach Banner
K1Chris Boswell