Le’Veon Bell has not had contact with the Pittsburgh Steelers this week, sources inform ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Jeremy Fowler, and isn’t anticipated to report back to the group in time for Thursday night time’s recreation in opposition to the Panthers, growing the chance that the star working again won’t play in any respect this season.
Bell now faces a deadline of Nov. 13 to report with a view to play in any respect this season. Beneath the phrases of the collective bargaining settlement, Bell should report back to the Steelers by four p.m. ET subsequent Tuesday or he can be ineligible for the rest of the season, a supply confirmed to ESPN.
The collective bargaining settlement mandates that any participant on a contract or on a young should report by the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season if he needs to play that yr.
However one supply identified to ESPN that it “does not make any sense for (Bell) to play now.”
“If he does not wish to play for $14.5 million, why would he wish to play for $5 million?” the supply instructed ESPN, referring to the prorated steadiness remaining on Bell’s $14.5 million franchise tender.
Bell instructed ESPN in early October that he’s staying away to protect his long-term well being for his subsequent contract however intends to play soccer this season. Bell has been understanding in Miami this season, however on Monday he tweeted “Fairwell Miami” with out additional rationalization.
Bell mentioned the Steelers instructed him they plan to position the transition tag on him this offseason, and a supply confirmed to ESPN that the tag could be price roughly $9 million to $10 million.
The transition tag would enable Bell to barter with different groups and permit the Steelers to match any provide. If the Steelers match, whatever the provide, Bell must signal that take care of Pittsburgh.
Bell doesn’t should report back to the Steelers by a sure date to get an accrued season, opposite to what ESPN and others beforehand reported. Bell already has performed the four-plus seasons he must develop into a free agent after the season.