Several league sources has reported that Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell will end his holdout and report to Steelers camp at the end of October during the team’s Week 7 bye week. Bell has been is extended negotiations for a long-term deal for the last two seasons and turned down a five-year $70 million deal that offered just $17 million in guaranteed money. Todd Gurley and David Johnson have each subsequently signed bigger deals with better than double that guarantee.
Bell is in Florida and recently released a statement indicating that he is in top shape and ready to play. Last year Bell held out in training camp and after a slow start, still led the league in production from his position. This year’s hold out has extended into the regular season and Bell is yet to sign he second franchise tag that would pay him more than $14 million. His current holdout is costing him $857 thousand a week in game checks. Pittsburgh has looked to move Bell in recent weeks but teams are reluctant to part with high draft picks for what could be a short-term rental.
Bell explains the hold out as “knowing that he could not play another year of 16 games with 400 touches, without a significant injury and that he was just not willing to take the chance without a long-term deal. Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Bell could take until Week Ten to sign his franchise tag and still be credited with a year of service time that would allow him to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. The Steelers are 1-2-1 after four games and Bell is likely to get a chilly reception when he returns.
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