Le'Veon Bell's holdout got turned upside-down Wednesday night. Bell has sat out the first nine weeks of the regular season and has not signed his franchise tender for the season. Bell has made it clear over the past few months that he didn't sign the one-year franchise tender because he didn't want to risk his health, and on Wednesday, he stood by that decision.
"The new information to Bell's camp has them weighing their options as the deadline approaches", according to The Athletic. The running back would be free to negotiate with National Football League teams, but the Steelers would have the right to match any offer.
But despite Bell's tweet, the Steelers still haven't heard from him and their focus remains the same with the players and coaches in the building as they prepare for Thursday's game vs. Carolina, a source told ESPN.
Pro Football Talk has been reporting that the Steelers could franchise tag Bell again this offseason for the second time if he doesn't report by November 13 at the same salary number of around $14.5 million, as the 2018 franchise tag would not count as one of the three the team can use on Bell. Whether or not he reports this season, the Steelers would need to use a $25 million franchise tag to keep him in 2019, which is not expected to happen. He can become a free agent in 2019 if the Steelers do not place a third tag on him.
Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing.
If he plays games this year, the Steelers could try to prove Bell's transition tag should be prorated. & that's clearly on them. I'm not going to apologize for what I believe is right for myself, family and the rest of my peers, period.