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Le & # 39; Veon Bell Pittsburgh Steelers were not reportedteam opportunities until Tuesday at noon. 16:00 ET term, Steelers Chief Executive Kevin Colbert announced.
ESPN Adam Schefter first reported on the news.
As a result, Bell is not entitled to play for the remainder of the 2018 season and will lose $ 14.5 million in wages for Schefter.
Moving to the main day, it seemed that Bell would choose to miss the rest of the campaign, rather than signing his franchise bids. Schefter reported Saturday that three times the Pro Bowler was "unlikely" to appear.
As Steelers played 52-21 win over Carolina Panthers on Thursday evening, NFL's Aditi Kinkhabwala thought Bell's decision to stay away from the team days after the game said:
Aditi Kinkhabwala @AKinkhabwala
If Le & # 39; Veon Bell is really going to play this season, it's all a bit understood to report yesterday. Either earn $ 855,000 to do nothing, or at least start the clock in two weeks (repeated in two games) with an exception to the list.
Kinkhabwala shared the events of Bell on the exchange: "The AFC front-office executive this week told me: first you pay the guy who met, then the guy who runs the guy who throws the guy who throws the ball best, then the best guy cover the boy who floats the ball, then that guy who blocks the boy's throw. "
The return refused to sign his one-time $ 14.5 million tender to carry out an extension that provided long-term financial backing.
Some wondered whether Bell would be pleased to outline the whole season because he could reach his goal without increasing the field.
Athletic Mark Kaboly announced that Bell will be considered a third-year franchise player in 2019, under the NFL collective agreement, regardless of whether he signed the Steelers annual competition. As a result, his salary will increase next year to $ 25 million below the franchise exchange.
According to the NFL network, Mike Garafolo, Bell's tactic has not gone unnoticed among some of his peers and their agents:
Mike Garafolo @MikeGarafolo
From @ gmfb today, agents with clients who are in contact with the franchise tag have taken note of Lee & # 39; Veil Bell's recently discovered loophole and plans at least to use it to get it. https://t.co/XBt5WJtL8I
Bell was sitting so long that it did not make sense to return to Steelers, and the decision seems even simpler based on the status of his franchise tag for 2019.
Perhaps Bell would no longer have increased the amount of his free agents in the seven last 2018 season games; he would have risked seeing that his future profits would fall if he were hurt.
Marshawn Lynch In 2017, he did not look much worse when he had a temporary retirement in 2016. He ran 891 meters high and an average of 4.3 meters per one with Oakland Raiders.
Lynch is not a perfect match since he was 31 when he was fit for Raiders, but Bell 26 years remain in the main player's career. However, this is an example of a ride back, who picked up where he stopped after spending a year out of the league.
The other team can sign Bell with the belief that he is still one of the best NFL backs.
After Tuesday's term, his future, of course, is outside Pittsburgh, and Steelers may be slightly liberated.
Pittsburgh seems to have moved from Bell, for the second consecutive year, James Conner enjoyed the breakthrough season. Conner has rushed 771 meters and 10 touchdowns and has caught 39 passes of 387 meters and landing.
Partly due to the appearance of Conner, Steelers ranks fourth in the overall infringement (419.9 meters per game) and the eighth – offensive efficiency for every football elimination. They may not need Bell to challenge the New England Patriots for AFC's supremacy.
Then there was a momentum that Bell returned to the locker room, which was potentially alienated by the teammates while staying away. Steelers' offensive line-ups did not have a good name for Bell, when his turbine came in the current season.
Chief Trainer Mike Tonlin spoke little about Bull's interview with ESPN Dianna Russini, who spoke about the situation:
Dianna Russini @diannaESPN
"We need volunteers, not hostages" Mike Tomlin is refreshingly honest with Bull and the game is ready to beat Raven #Steeler https://t.co/zDzFe8nsU5
The Steelers is 6-2-1 and will be able to win the third straight AFC North title.
Perhaps it would have been as simple as putting Bell in the backfield and making the good offense even better. But this thinking does not take Conner's development into consideration or tries to empty any long-term tension from the turbine.
As good as Bell is, Steelers might be better off without him.