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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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 Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell "plans to play a full 16-game season."
Meaning he does not plan to holdout into the regular season. According to NFL Network's Ike Taylor, there is a "strong possibility" he will skip at least part of training camp, something he is able to do without fine because he has yet to sign his franchise tender. On the contract front, Bell said he turned down an offer for reportedly "over" $12 million per year because he wants to be paid like a running back and a No. 2 receiver, a number Taylor thinks is around $15 million. That is probably not going to happen anytime soon considering the Steelers can franchise him again next year for around $14.5 million, but Bell should completely reshape the running back market when he signs a long-term deal. Jul 20 - 8:43 AM
Source: ESPN

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NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers offered Le'Veon Bell "over" $12 million per year.

Pelissero adds the deal included $30 million in the first two years, which is more than Bell will make if he is tagged again next spring, and $42 million over three. If the details are accurate, the proposed deal would have blown the roof off the running back market, suggesting there was an issue with guarantees or perhaps a suspension provision. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender and may wait well into training camp to do so, but there is little doubt he will at some point.
Jul 18 - 12:01 PM

Unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell said he wants to help reestablish the running back market.

"The running back market definitely took a hit, and I can't be the guy who continues to let it take a hit," Bell said. "We do everything. We block, we run, we catch the ball. Our value isn't where it needs to be. I'm taking it upon myself to open up some eyes and show the position is more valuable." Bell and the Steelers failed to reach a long-term deal ahead of Monday's deadline, so Bell will be playing 2017 on the $12.12 million franchise tender. Bell will be 26 next offseason and said he still hopes to secure a long-term deal in Pittsburgh next year. He deserves to be the game's highest-paid back.
Jul 17 - 8:06 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell may not report to Steelers camp until "mid-to-late August."

As Bell has not signed his $12.1 million franchise tender, he is not obligated to report to training camp or any football activities. It is in Bell's best interest to stay in shape on his own and lower his risk of suffering a pre-season injury. The Steelers likely don't mind, as Bell's absence will allow them to more closely evaluate third-round pick James Conner, and Bell has a history of being away from the team and playing at an elite level upon his immediate return.
Jul 17 - 4:13 PM

The Steelers were unable to finalize a long-term deal with franchise player Le'Veon Bell ahead of Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

No deal was expected, although a Bell contract was at one point considered likelier than Kirk Cousins or Trumaine Johnson signing long-term deals with their respective clubs. Bell remains unsigned, but he hasn't threatened to hold out for all of training camp, let alone outwardly considered sitting out Week 1. We fully expect Bell to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.
Jul 17 - 4:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers and franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell are still negotiating a long-term deal, but an agreement is not "close or imminent."

The deadline for a deal is 4 pm ET today, and RapSheet believes it "may go down to the wire." There does not seem to be much optimism about a long-term deal, but Bell at least has a shot unlike Kirk Cousins and Rams CB Trumaine Johnson. If he does not land an extension, Bell will earn $12.1 million this season under the terms of the tag.
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell has recovered from offseason core muscle surgery.

It means he will be ready for the start of training camp, although it is not a given he shows up. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender, and unless the Steelers work out a long-term extension with their star runner before the 4 pm deadline today, he will not be obligated to attend camp until he signs. Unless something surprisingly gets done today, this situation could drag on well into camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 9:37 AM

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers are expected to "press" negotiations with franchise player Le'Veon Bell toward Monday's deadline.

Per Fowler, the Steelers can "entice" Bell by offering him a substantial signing bonus while protecting themselves in case of another suspension. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out without facing any financial repercussions. The Steelers have around $16 million in available cap space, which is more than enough to strike a long-term deal with Bell. There's been no evidence that the sides are close but deadlines often spur action, so perhaps the Steelers and Bell can work something out.
Jul 14 - 2:37 PM

Jacob Klinger of Penn Live believes "it would be a sizable surprise" if franchise player Le'Veon Bell signed a long-term deal before Monday's deadline.

Klinger lists the money Bell is already guaranteed under the tag this year ($12.12 million) along with the $14.5 million it would cost to tag him next year as reasons Bell is willing to wait on a long-term deal. Both of those numbers are well above the established market -- LeSean McCoy is currently the highest-paid back at $8 million a year -- but there is not much reason for Bell to take less. That said, Bell has dealt with injuries in the past, and another one could seriously hurt his negotiating power next spring. With the running back market changing, this was always going to be a difficult negotiation, so it is not surprising a deal seems unlikely.
Source: Penn Live
Jul 10 - 9:36 AM

Le'Veon Bell isn't sweating contract negotiations with the Steelers.

"I'm good with everything, just taking it day to day for real," said Bell, who is currently training in Los Angeles for the upcoming season. Bell didn't attend Steelers OTAs due to his contract uncertainty, though he would have been limited anyway coming off groin surgery. The Steelers and Bell have until July 17 to reach a long-term agreement. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out from training camp without being fined.
Jul 2 - 12:16 PM

Le'Veon Bell (groin surgery) was videoed playing basketball over the weekend.

It is noteworthy after Bell underwent core muscle surgery in March. Bell seemed to be moving well on the court, and the fact he was able to play at all suggests he is close to if not at full health. If his contract situation is worked out, he should be ready to go at the start of camp.
Jun 26 - 8:39 AM's Bob Labriola wrote he "cannot imagine a realistic scenario" in which franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell holds out into the season.

Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender, but when he does he will be owed $12.1 million, almost $6 million more than any other running back will receive in base salary this year. Even if he does not get the long-term deal he wants before the July 17 deadline, Bell is unlikely to leave that kind of money on the table. While some contract certainty would be nice, Bell is still safe to select with one the top two picks in fantasy drafts.
Jun 22 - 9:18 AM

Steelers OC Todd Haley said there have been "discussions" about the right workload for Le'Veon Bell (groin surgery).

Bell has played in just 18 games the last two years because of suspensions and injuries, but Haley thinks those absences are due to "oddball" things. "He’s a guy who gets stronger every game. He does not want to come out of the game. He’s a year older," Haley said. "We’ve got to make sure we cover all of that, which we will do as a staff." A transcendent talent who is about to get paid like one, it will be difficult for the Steelers to justify taking Bell off the field very often, but the 336 touches he saw in just 12 games last season are excessive. With at least a respectable backup in third-rounder James Conner, the Steelers take some touches off Bell's plate per game. Even so, he remains one of the top-two players in all of fantasy.
Source: ESPN
Jun 15 - 8:47 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports franchise-tagged RB Le'Veon Bell "has not been spotted at minicamp."

Bell has not signed his franchise tender, so he is not obligated to attend. The running back also did not show for OTAs, although he did meet with team doctors regarding his recovery from groin surgery. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette speculated a long-term deal between Bell and the Steelers "may not get done," both because of the value of the franchise tender ($12.12 million) and Bell's injury and suspension history. The two sides have until July 15 to work something out.
Jun 13 - 9:42 AM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette speculated a long-term deal between franchise-tagged RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers "may not get done."

The two sides have until July 15. Bouchette notes the value of the tag ($12.12 million) along with Bell's injury and suspension history make working out a long-term deal difficult. Bell will likely be looking for the value of this year's tag and next year's tag ($14.5 million) guaranteed, which is a full $8 million more than LeSesan McCoy was guaranteed on his last deal. Bell could also see $12 million as the starting point for annual average, which is $4 million more than McCoy's contract. Bell may be worth those numbers, but the changing nature of the running back market makes his negotiations extremely tricky.
Jun 13 - 8:36 AM

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4Knile Davis
5Terrell Watson
GLB1Le'Veon Bell
2James Conner
3RB1Le'Veon Bell
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5Marcus Tucker
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3Sammie Coates
4Justin Hunter
5DeMarcus Ayers
WR31Eli Rogers
TE1Jesse James
2Xavier Grimble
3David Johnson
4Phazahn Odom
5Scott Orndoff
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
3Keavon Milton
LG1Ramon Foster
2Chris Hubbard
3Matt Feiler
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Mike Matthews
3Kyle Friend
RG1David DeCastro
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RT1Marcus Gilbert
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K1Chris Boswell