Le’Veon Bell is in Pittsburgh and potentially set to end his season-long holdout by reporting to the Steelers on Tuesday.
Bell has already missed out on over $8.5 million in pay this year in favor of keeping his body healthy for his next contract.
While Bell is one of the most talented weapons in football, the Steelers’ offense has been flourishing in recent weeks without him, and it’s unclear where he’ll fit in the current lineup.
Le’Veon Bell’s holdout might finally be coming to an end.
On Thursday, Steelers owner Art Rooney II said that the team expects Bell to report this week.
“I don’t know what his plans are, but I would say that at this point we expect him to come back next week,” Rooney said. “We know he’s back in Pittsburgh, so we’re hoping to have some communications with him over the weekend. We’re kind of expecting he’ll be back next week.”
Bell has yet to play this season, holding out initially for a new contract, and later to ensure that his body would be healthy when it came time for other teams to bid on him in the offseason. Thus far, Bell has missed 10 weeks of NFL action, losing out on over $8.5 million in game checks.
While Bell was seen in Pittsburgh, after the runaround that he’s given the Steelers all season so far, it’s tough to guarantee Bell will be back with the team until he’s literally in the locker room.
As things stand, Bell’s long-term future with the team is up in the air. The Steelers will likely either place the transition tag on Bell, which would give the Steelers the option to match any offer Bell received, or let him go into free agency and pick up a compensatory pick should he leave the team.
But even more compelling is Bell’s immediate future should he rejoin the Steelers this season. After a rough start to the year, Bell was openly trolling the team about his absence, but now Pittsburgh has won five straight games and looked in recent weeks as one of the most dominant offenses in the league.
Second-year running back James Conner stepped into Bell’s role and has been a revelation — he’s second in the NFL in rushing behind Todd Gurley and has already amassed 1,158 total yards and 11 touchdowns just halfway through the season. Supporting him is …read more
Source:: Business Insider