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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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SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reports Le'Veon Bell wants to sign with the Colts this offseason.
"He has his eyes on the Colts, no doubt about that," a source told Vacchiano. "He sees Andrew Luck and that offense and all that cap room. He wants to go someplace he can win right away." The Jets are expected to make a run at Bell, but the interest may not be mutual. With Marlon Mack and Nyheim Hines both cost controlled, we don't see the Colts as a good fit for Bell, but there's going to be no shortage of suitors this offseason. Bell is targeting $17 million annually. Fri, Dec 21, 2018 05:06:00 PM
Source: SNY

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports impending free agent Le'Veon Bell is seeking $17 million annually.

It's $3 million higher than Todd Gurley's average salary. Bell also wants $45 million guaranteed. It's a lot of money for a 27-year-old coming off a holdout at a devalued position, but Bell is going to get overpaid this offseason. With the Steelers expected to transition tag Bell, teams may be forced to frontload Bell's contract.
Source: NFL Network
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 12:03:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Steelers Management council believes they'll be be able to use a $9.5 million transition tag on Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

The NFLPA expects the number to be the $14.5 million Bell forfeited this season. Bell's case is likely to be decided by an arbitrator, creating a new precedent for players who holdout under the franchise tag. We're not sure this makes much of a difference: Bell isn't going to be back in Pittsburgh and he's more likely to land an offer sheet at the lower amount. The Steelers will get to carry over Bell's $14.5M cap hit from this year into 2019 when he signs with another team.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Nov 18, 2018 11:12:00 AM

Unsigned Steelers franchise player Le'Veon Bell will not report by Tuesday's 4PM ET deadline and is out for the remainder of the 2018 season.

What a disaster. By not reporting, Bell forfeits the remaining $6.84 million on his $14.544 million tender. 26-year-old Bell has framed this as betting on himself and doing what is right for his fellow running backs, but this is money he will never make back. There is no guarantee a 27-year-old runner is going to cash in on the open market after sitting out an entire season healthy. Even if he does, a running back passing up $14.544 million guaranteed for one season of play in the modern NFL is not a sound business decision. It's not fair, of course, but it is reality. James Conner will finish out the year as a true bell-cow back/elite RB1. The Steelers could theoretically tag Bell again in the spring, but the sides will undoubtedly divorce.
Tue, Nov 13, 2018 03:48:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said "so be it" if Le'Veon Bell does not report by Tuesday's deadline.

Tomlin added he has not had contact with the running back and has "no reaction" to reports Bell will sit out the rest of the season. This marriage sounds done. It would be a surprise if that does not become official Tuesday afternoon.
Tue, Nov 13, 2018 12:15:00 PM

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.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 10, 2018 08:09:00 PM'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.
Thu, Nov 8, 2018 06:03:00 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.
Wed, Nov 7, 2018 09:26:00 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.
Mon, Nov 5, 2018 02:33:00 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
Sun, Nov 4, 2018 11:02:00 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.
Wed, Oct 31, 2018 10:13:00 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.
Mon, Oct 22, 2018 05:34:00 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.
Mon, Oct 22, 2018 09:23:00 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
Sun, Oct 21, 2018 09:55:00 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.
Mon, Oct 15, 2018 06:21:00 PM