Le’Veon Bell Ruled Ineligible For Rest Of The Season

Mae Harvey
November 14, 2018

The NFL's 4pm deadline has come and gone, and Bell did not report to the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign the franchise tender, meaning he is officially ineligible for the remainder of the season.

For all intents and purposes, the Le'Veon Bell era in Pittsburgh appears to have ended.

The Steelers were optimistic Bell would rejoin the team after he left Miami last week and was spotted working out in Pittsburgh a few days later, though there reportedly were no discussions between the two sides.

Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed the rumors in a statement shortly after the 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Head coach Mike Tomlin told reporters earlier on Tuesday that he had no expectation as to whether or not Bell would report. It really seems like Bell will sacrifice his year's salary.

Meanwhile, the Steelers are now riding a five game winning streak that has them sitting atop the AFC North with a 6-2-1 record. As multiple folks pointed out on Twitter, Bell posted himself voting for Conner for the Pro Bowl on his Instagram story on Tuesday.

"Whatever area you want to ask about. none of it was good enough", Belichick said. As a result, Bell will enter free agency next summer with a clean bill of health, though he also missed out on $14.5 million by forfeiting the entire 2018 season.

And with that, the Le'Veon Bell saga has reached a conclusion lacking fireworks, grand arrivals, or last-minute surprises.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second time this past off-season, but the 26-year-old has made a decision to sit out the year and wait for a long-term contract rather than play under the tag, which would have paid him $14.5 million this season. Barring the Steelers unexpectedly tagging him again with either the franchise or transition tag (neither of which is ideal for the team), he is expected to be one of the prize free agents next offseason. Either way, Bell will be elsewhere in 2019 barring something extraordinarily unexpected.

Bell's saga with the Steelers is over.

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