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LeVeon Bell Doesnt Report To Steelers Wont Play In 2018

LeVeon Bell Doesnt Report To Steelers Wont Play In 2018

The star running back's holdout with the Steelers, after weeks of rumors and changing expectations, ended on Tuesday when he officially became ineligible to play in the 2018 season after not having reported to the team by 4 p.m.

In a move that will likely propel the Steelers running back into free agency in the offseason, Bell won't sign the team's franchise tag tender on Tuesday.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second time this past off-season, but the 26-year-old has chose 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. Once again, the player and team failed to agree to a long-term deal.

Bell's replacement, James Conner, is third in the National Football League in rushing yards (771) and rushing touchdowns (10).

Pittsburgh sits atop the AFC North at 6-2-1 and on track for a first-round bye despite not having its three-time Pro Bowl back.

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The Steelers explored dealing Bell before the October 30 trade deadline, but no deal was possible without his signature. Instead, Bell made good on a threat he made almost 11 months ago, when he said he would consider sitting out the season if the team kept him from free agency via a second franchise tag.

Players were surprised when Bell didn't show for Week 1, with his own offensive line ripping him for the absence.

But Bell's commitment to carrying out his threat ultimately made it real, as he now has forfeited the entirety of that salary, along with some ancillary retirement benefits he would have collected from the league for playing this season. If that materializes, Bell would hit the market having just turned 27 in February of 2019. Even when we don't understand it, we're sensitive to it. He'll walk away with 7,996 yards and 42 touchdowns in five seasons in addition to 515 yards and four touchdowns in four playoff games. The first two - linebacker Karlos Dansby and quarterback Kirk Cousins - played all 16 games during their second season under the tag then went and cashed in elsewhere in free agency.

Bell's saga with the Steelers is over.

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