Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019

Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019

Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019

This whole saga of the Le'Veon Bell-Pittsburgh Steelers standoff has been unusual all along, but it's just getting weirder and more convoluted by the moment.

Bell's latest posts also followed a titillating Monday tweet in which he wrote, "Fairwell Miami" - leading to speculation Bell was headed to Pittsburgh to talk with the Steelers about ending his holdout. Bell has sat out the first nine weeks of the regular season and has not signed his franchise tender for the season. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Bell must report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday or he will be ineligible for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN.

What that would mean is that in order to tag him next year as a franchise player, the Steelers would have to commit to paying Bell $25 million in guaranteed money.

The transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate with other teams and allow the Steelers to match any offer.

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"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what i'm doing, " Bell wrote with a 180-degree twist that was perhaps partially explained when he added, "don't judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn't what you'd do... but most people don't take the time to just simply read between the lines..."

If Bell fails to report, the transition tag would be around $14.5 million, or 120 percent of his $12.1 million franchise tag from 2017, since that's the previous year he played. But most people don't take the time to simply read between the lines and that's clearly on them.

Apparently Bell was previously unaware that he could not report in 2018 and still have the franchise tag count as his second tag out of three.

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