Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

What should the Steelers do with Le'Veon Bell?

What should the Steelers do with Le'Veon Bell?

If he does, Pittsburgh is not likely to use its franchise tag on Bell again this offseason, since a third consecutive franchise tag would be too cost prohibitive.

Yes, there are iterations of this scenario where the Steelers deactivate Bell for the rest of the season to spite him but it is hard to imagine the Steelers would handle their business in such a manner.

It seems that Bell is after the kind of guaranteed money that Todd Gurley got.

The latest drama is that Bell has not shown up this year and has not told anybody when he will show up.

Bell, who has until November 13, or the beginning of Week 11, to show up, play and gain an accrued season, might have another battle still to come with the Steelers. Bell has been working out in Miami this season, but on Monday he tweeted "Fairwell Miami" without further explanation.

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The collective bargaining agreement mandates that any player on a contract or on a tender must report by the Tuesday after the 10th week of the season if he wants to play that year.

My personal view is that he should be benched if he reports to the team. But it also would be worth somewhere between $9 million and $10 million - at least $4.5 million less than the $14.5 million franchise tag this year that he still has not signed, according to league sources.

Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro also seemed pretty exhausted of talking about the situation. He has taken advantage of every right he has to get back at the Steelers for not giving him his guaranteed money.

Mike Tomlin made it clear he's not focusing on Le'Veon Bell's holdout. Some statistics suggest that Conner is ahead of where Bell was in his second year.

Having said that, if Bell is ready to roll against the Chargers what would be the best course of action for all involved? Some say it makes the Steelers ruthless when they don't budge, but I think its the unique character of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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