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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
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Franchise player Le'Veon Bell did not report for the Steelers' offseason program this week.
These "practices" are voluntary, and it was widely expected that Bell wouldn't report, as he remains unsigned on the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. Contract talks have completely stalled and possibly broken off. The sides have until mid-July to hammer out a long-term deal, one that looks like a long shot right now. Bell would then likely skip training camp as well. Apr 18 - 3:58 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The Steelers' contract talks with franchise player Le'Veon Bell are on hold.

"We're not intentionally ignoring that," said GM Kevin Colbert. "I anticipate us continuing that process once we get through the free agency period and maybe even through the draft." Colbert does not anticipate the team rescinding the franchise tag and remains optimistic that Bell will attend training camp in July. The deadline for reaching a long-term deal is July 16.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 25 - 12:29 PM

Steelers franchise player Le'Veon Bell confirmed he will not skip the 2018 season if he can't reach a long-term agreement with the team.

In other words, he won't be retiring despite making early-offseason threats. On Instagram Wednesday, Bell called it "a re-run of last year," when he skipped all of training camp but reported to the team before Week 1. Bell started slow with a 3.64 yards-per-carry average in the first five games, then improved to 4.20 YPC the rest of the way. He finished with a career-high 85 catches.
Mar 7 - 10:00 PM

Steelers assigned the franchise tag to RB Le'Veon Bell.

It locks Bell into $14.5 million for 2018. Per ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Bell has now made that his floor for average-annual value in long-term talks. The sides have until July 16 to reach an agreement. Absent a long-term deal, Bell is expected to again skip training camp. Both sides have said they want to get something done, but the high price of the tag and current league-wide running back economics are going to make talks extremely tricky.
Mar 6 - 2:41 PM

Le'Veon Bell is expected to skip camp for the second consecutive year when the Steelers place the franchise tag on him.

The Steelers are expected to tag Bell barring a last-second deal. Retirement is likely an exaggeration. Bell is more inclined to skip all of training camp for the second consecutive season if he and the Steelers can't reach a long-term deal. "We're not coming to a number we both agree on," Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. "I don't think I should settle for anything less than what I'm valued at." Bell has reportedly set his floor at $14.5 million per year, based on his franchise tag number. Devonta Freeman is currently the league's highest paid running back at $8.25 million per year.
Mar 5 - 5:47 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are expected to place the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell.

Rapoport says there was "some early optimism" the two sides would work out a long-term deal before Tuesday's tag deadline, but that is not going to happen "barring a dramatic turn." Using the tag gives the Steelers until July 16 to work out an extension. Bell will earn just north of $14.5 million if he plays under the tag this season.
Mar 5 - 8:25 AM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert is "optimistic" the team and impending free agent Le'Veon Bell will "find common ground" in contract negotiations.

Colbert added he hopes the two sides will come to an agreement before the March 6 deadline for the franchise tag, but that might be more of a pipe dream. Still, it sounds like these negotiations are in a much better place than the talks between the two sides last year. If the Steelers tag Bell, they will have until July 16 to work out a long-term contract.
Source: ESPN
Mar 1 - 8:41 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports the Steelers are fully expected to use the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell ahead of the March 6 deadline.

Both sides seem ready to finally hammer out a long-term deal, but the franchise tag will buy time to do it. Fowler reports the Steelers have already budgeted the $14.5 million tag into their salary cap plan for free agency. The deadline for franchise tagged players to sign long-term deals is July 16.
Feb 20 - 3:29 PM

Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told impending free agent Le'Veon Bell the organization has a "strong desire" to keep him in Pittsburgh the rest of his career.

Colbert added the franchise tag is an option, but their goal is a long-term deal. The two sides did not seem particularly close to a deal last year, but Colbert said the situation is different this time around and they are opening negotiations with a clean slate. The deadline to apply the franchise tag is March 6, but the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal even if the Steelers use the tag.
Feb 15 - 10:40 AM

Le'Veon Bell said his priority in contract negotiations with the Steelers is guaranteed money.

"Yeah, a lot of it is about the guarantees," he said. "That's what a long-term deal really is, you know? You want that security." Bell has also changed his tune on being franchise-tagged, saying he has no plans to hold out if the Steelers tag him again in 2018. When asked if he'd accept a deal worth $50 million guaranteed, Bell said, "Absolutely." The deadline to assign the franchise tag is March 6 at 4 PM ET.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 2 - 4:27 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell said he and the Steelers are in active contract talks and are "a lot closer" than they were last year.

Bell turned down an extension last year that would have guaranteed him $30 million over the first two years of the deal and paid around $12 million annually, which would have easily made him the league's highest-paid back. He played 2017 on the $12.1 million franchise tag. This year, the tag would cost around $14.5 million. Bell turns 26 next month. He's going to get paid either way.
Jan 24 - 12:21 PM

MMQB's Peter King expects impending free agent Le'Veon Bell to "go to the highest bidder" and names the Raiders as a team to "watch" for Bell.

King doesn't do much reporting in terms of breaking news anymore, but he still has many connections throughout the league. The new staff in Oakland has been mum when it comes to Marshawn Lynch's future with the team, so Beast Mode could very well be one-and-done for his hometown Raiders. Oakland could use that money to go after a younger stallion like Bell, but he'll have no shortage of suitors should he reach the open market. It's going to be tough for the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell again this year since they have very little cap room at the moment. However, creating cap space is a relatively simple task.
Jan 22 - 10:59 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed almost all of the Steelers' final walkthrough the day before last week's Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin has told players and coaches to arrive two hours before kickoff for games. Bell (and reportedly one coach) arrived to last Sunday's playoff loss "much later than that," even after skipping all but the final five minutes of Saturday's walkthrough. Bell is headed for intense contract negotiations, of course, and the Steelers have leaked negative info about players in similar situations before, most notably Antonio Brown. Whether it be from the Steelers or another team, Bell is going to get paid this offseason.
Jan 20 - 11:53 AM

Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the Steelers.

"I never want to leave this city, but obviously, circumstances and things like that," Bell cautioned. The running back has threatened to sit out or retire if the Steelers hit him with the franchise tag again -- he waited until September 4 to sign his tender last season -- but that appears to be where this situation is headed. The tag will be worth around $14.5 million for Bell.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 9:17 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 16 times for 67 yards and a touchdown and caught 9-of-13 targets for 88 yards and an additional touchdown in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

The Steelers oddly did not feature Le'Veon from the outset, opening the game in empty-spread formations and trying to throw the ball around the yard. It wasn't until Bell emerged as Pittsburgh's offensive focal point that they began scoring points. Bell ripped repeated chunk-yardage gains on the ground and in the air, and beat Jags WLB Telvin Smith for a 19-yard receiving score in the third quarter. Bell hit pay dirt a second time on a lateral from Ben Roethlisberger, which went in the books as a rushing TD. In 2017, Bell set career highs in carries (321) and rushing scores (9). An impending free agent, Bell is expected to receive another franchise tag in February.
Jan 14 - 4:47 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Josh Dobbs
RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3Stevan Ridley
4Fitzgerald Toussaint
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Darrius Heyward-Bey
3Marcus Tucker
4Justin Thomas
WR21JuJu Smith-Schuster
2Martavis Bryant
3Justin Hunter
4Trey Griffey
WR31Martavis Bryant
TE1Jesse James
2Vance McDonald
3Xavier Grimble
4Jake McGee
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
3Larson Graham
LG1Ramon Foster
2B.J. Finney
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Mike Matthews
3Parker Collins
RG1David DeCastro
2Matt Feiler
RT1Marcus Gilbert
2Joseph Cheek
3Larson Graham
K1Chris Boswell