Steelers RB James Conner could practice Wednesday

14 November, 2018, 05:49 | Author: Greg Lawrence
  • The New England Patriots are looking for a seventh consecutive win as they head into the bye week. They're in Nashville this afternoon to face Mike Vrabel and the Tennessee Titans

Le'Veon Bell has officially left $14.5 million on the table.

Le'Veon Bell ain't playing for the Steelers this year. and maybe never again - 'cause the All-Pro RB just missed the deadline to report to the team.

At this point, the Steelers could either let Bell go as a free agent or place him under a transition tag, which is a one-year tender that would be applied in February and would let Bell sign an offer sheet with another team that the Steelers could match to keep him.

The only thing that can save the Steelers' season is a Super Bowl, and their chances at winning one would have been better with Bell. But he added the team understands there is a business element to Bell's decision to stay away. LaAdrian Waddle replaced him.

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. Entering Week 11 action, Conner ranks third in rushing yards (771) and third in rushing touchdowns (10) among backs in the league.

Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin was also decidedly not making a pitch for Bell to come back on Tuesday.

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"I'll be fully committed and give you everything I have", Bell said then. "That way I don't waste my time and theirs".

Asked about the possibility of Bell not showing, Tomlin said: "So be it".

The Steelers, who have won five straight to sprint to the top of the division heading into a visit to Jacksonville on Sunday, will turn to second-year back James Conner and reserves Stevan Ridley and rookie Jaylen Samuels to help shoulder the load with Bell out of the picture.

So, the Steelers and Bell wasted their time and ours.

The saga really began all the way back in the spring of 2017, when the Steelers hit Bell with the franchise tag.

Up until late last week, the Steelers were bracing for the return of Bell, who played basketball at a local LA Fitness last week.

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