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Le'Veon Bell hasn't talked to Steelers, unlikely to report this week

Le'Veon Bell hasn't talked to Steelers, unlikely to report this week

We first reported late last night Bell was spotted at a Pittsburgh-area LA Fitness playing some pickup hoops with the locals but now ESPN reporter has confirmed the obvious.

Bell faces a deadline of November 13 to report in order to play at all this season.

That is, if the Steelers decide to franchise tag him, which they might not even bother to do given the massive headache he's given them (and factoring in the emergence of James Conner). There have mixed reports dating back to the preseason on when Bell would report to the team, with an expectation he would return to the team during their Week 7 bye. According to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero that salary would be more than $25 million next season.

Redskins' Brandon Scherff suffered torn pectoral muscle vs. Falcons
The Falcons iced the win over the Redskins by holding the ball for 10 minutes in the fourth quarter, when Washington didn't score. Gruden said that starting slot receiver Jamison Crowder, who's missed four games with an ankle injury, might practice Wednesday.

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 past year he played.

With James Connor has proven his National Football League mettle in Bell's absence, the Steelers are unlikely to offer Bell a one-year $25 million franchise contract next season, meaning he'll be able to test his market value as an unrestricted free agent. Similar to the non-exclusive tag, the transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate a deal with another team, but the Steelers would have the chance to match. But Bell would still be free to test the market under the transition tag, and even if the Steelers matched any external offers, he'd still get the long-term deal he's wanted all along.

Bell has been in Miami working out this season but did leave Monday to head to Pittsburgh.


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