By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell has not reported to the team by today’s 4 pm deadline. And with just minutes left before the deadline is here, he will be a no-show.
Bell has been holding out because he did not feel the $14.5 million franchise tag was good enough for him. Now, he will become a free agent this winter.
Bell already forfeited $8.5 million coming into Tuesday’s deadline day. Now, because he did not report, the star will now forgo the remaining $6 million of his contract.
Second-year back James Conner has produced well without Bell this season. In fact, he has 10 touchdowns, which is more than Bell had during the 2017 season.
The 26-year-old Reynoldsburg, Ohio native played his first five seasons in the Steel City before holding out this season.
His agent and Bell will attempt to use this year off to their advantage during the open market in March.
In 2017, he had 321 carries for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns. The 1,291 yards were the second-most he ever had in a season, as he had 1,361 yards during the 2014 season.
The nine touchdowns were the most in his career for the former Michigan State Spartans player.
The Erie, Pennsylvania native — who is currently in concussion protocol after suffering a concussion against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday Night Football — has appeared in nine games with eight starts. He has 164 carries for 771 yards and ten touchdowns.
He also has 39 receptions for 387 yards and an additional touchdown.