Le'Veon Bell fails to report to Steelers

Le'Veon BellAnd with less Fireworks, grand arrival or last-minute surprises.
that, the story of Le'Veon Bell has reached the conclusion that

On Tuesday, the deadline of 4 p.m. ET Bell to report and signed his franchise tag with the Steelers coming and going, which means Bell certainly did not want to play football this season and almost certainly will not play for the Steelers again. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported 15 minutes before the deadline that Bell will not appear. Of course, he's not, the Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert was confirmed after the deadline passed.

Bell is not eligible to play football this year.

 "So good, " Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said a few hours before the deadline, through NFL.com.

This story really began all the way back in the spring of 2017, when the Steelers hit Bell with the franchise tag. Bell reached out throughout the summer the two sides fail to agree to an extension. But he appeared in September and proceeded to total 1.946 yards and 11 touchdowns from scrimmage during the season.

Once again, the Steelers franchise-tagged Bell after the season. Once again, the player and the team failed to agree to a long-term deal. Once again, Bell stretched out. But this time, the Bell does not appear in September. When approaching the trading deadline, the trade rumors are spinning, but the deal never materialized. In the absence of second-year running back, James Conner has progressed, valued at 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns from scrimmage in nine games as the Steelers have emerged as frontrunners in the AFC North. He has been good enough to get the approval of the Bell. Just hours before the deadline, Bell was spotted gifting Pro Bowl votes to Conner.

For weeks now, we've had today circled in the calendar, because it was the last day of the Bell could show up to make himself eligible for the second play this year and collect what's left of $14.5 million salary under the tag. By not showing up, Bell has officially walked away from all that money. The flip side is that Bell would not be entered free agency with the injury. He will be healthy, 27 years old, and is ready to sign the largest contract of his career. And make no mistake about it, the team is really going to pay Bell a ton of money. This may not be the gigantic contracts he dreamed of, but Bell is too good a player not to get a lucrative, long-term contract.

The Steelers don't franchise tag him again, because the third tag will cost more than $25 million. They could always transition tag on him, but it seems unlikely they will match any offer got bells on the open market. However, Bell will be somewhere else in 2019 unless something amazingly unexpected.

 "I understand that the business is an element of the game of football, " Tomlin says.  "And the elements of the game, in-game, football-related relationship that we all hold near and dear and understanding. And then, football at this level, there are also elements of the business. Even when we do not understand, we are sensitive to this ingredient. So we're not surprised when things happen from the viewpoint of business.  "

And so, we emerged at the end of Bell's career in Pittsburgh. He will walk away with 7.996 yards and 42 touchdowns in his five seasons in addition to 515 yards and four touchdowns in four playoff games.

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