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I can't recall ever any player on any team offered a franchise tag in this case 14.5 million not eventually accept it. The players may have felt they were due more but they eventually show up at camp and play..... This bird is a little strange. So today is a day of reckoning for LeVeon Bell and the Steelers. He has to report and sign his franchaise tag by 4 pm today in order to play anywhere this year.  The steelers have a decent running back that is currently being played for pennys. 

 

Last Tuesday was Election Day. Today will be Decision Day 2018 for Le'Veon Bell.

The all-pro running back must decide by 4 p.m. ET whether to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers and sign his franchise tag. If Bell shows, he'd be eligible to play the final seven weeks of the regular season while collecting the remainder — nearly $6 million — of his pro-rated $14.54 million tag.

If Bell stays away, he cannot play this season.

Here are a few other FAQs regarding his situation:

If Bell reports, will he get an extension?

No, at least not this year. The deadline for franchised players to sign a long-term contract in 2018 was July 16. For the second straight summer, Bell and the Steelers failed to strike an agreement. He could accept a multi-year deal with Pittsburgh after the season, but that would make little sense given free agency's lure in March.

Can the Steelers deal Bell this year?

No. The league's trade deadline passed Oct. 30.

Can the Steelers rescind the tag?

Yes. It would immediately catapult Bell into free agency. There's also no incentive for Pittsburgh to do that ... so, basically, forget it.

Could Pittsburgh put the transition tag on Bell in 2019?

Yes. Its value, as yet undetermined, would be less then the franchise tag. It would also likely lure other teams to negotiate with Bell and spur him to sign an offer sheet. If Bell takes an offer, the Steelers would have the ability to match the terms, or else let him go to the new team. (A similar process exists for the franchise tag, but the bidding team would have to surrender two first-round draft picks if their offer sheet was not matched by the player's previous team — Pittsburgh in this case. If the Steelers use the transition tag, they would not receive any compensation beyond a league-issued compensatory pick if Bell signs elsewhere.)

 

Could Pittsburgh franchise Bell a third time in 2019?

Yes. But it almost surely won't happen. Bell would command a quarterback-level salary with a third tag, likely more than $25 million, a prohibitive number. The Steelers currently have about $20 million in cap space for 2019.

What if the Steelers don't tag Bell again?

Then he'll become a free agent in 2019, the outcome he's sought all along.

What kind of money is Bell seeking?

Who knows? According to NFL Media, he turned down a five-year, $70 million offer in July, when Atlanta's Devonta Freeman and Buffalo's LeSean McCoy were the highest-paid backs on multi-year deals, both in the $8 million range annually. Since then, Todd Gurley signed a four-year, $57.5 million extension, while David Johnson received an additional three years for $39 million. However, according to multiple reports, Bell had been seeking something approaching $17 million per season (which would bring him in line with teammate Antonio Brown, a wideout) since he feels his receiver skill set distinguishes him from his peers.

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Well Bell didn't show, so he violated the contract his union agreed to.

 

Pittsburgh sports station held a poll yesterday, "Do you want Bell to remain a Steeler?  73% NO.

 

If he plays for the Steelers again he will be booed unmercifully, until he makes his first great play, then they will love him again. 

 

The city has fallen in love with Conner, what a great story !

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Well he made a business decision and stuck to it. He did loose the 14.5 million and also lost a year of his sports life. Maybe he can recoup some of the 14.5 but the year is gone forever. :howdy:

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It was all about guaranteed money.  In football a 5 year contract doesn't mean squat if you get crippled in year 2.

 

So his bet was that in free agency he'll get significantly more money guaranteed than the 14.5 he would have received this year. Time will tell how that works out for him.

 

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From what I've heard, the Steelers offered Bell 5 year 70m, but they refuse to front load contracts, only 2 teams in the NFL refuse to front load, Steelers and Packers.  Bell wants a front loaded contract.

It seems to me that Bell has premonitions of an injury, and wants to get his big money up front. Not sure but I believe he has only played one full season in his 5 year career.

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8 mins ago, splions said:

Losing a year of his career is a big deal.  Glad the Steelers didn't fold.

It wasn't the steelers decision, if any one folded it would have been Bell

18 mins ago, jimmy1956 said:

Well he made a business decision and stuck to it. He did loose the 14.5 million and also lost a year of his sports life. Maybe he can recoup some of the 14.5 but the year is gone forever. :howdy:

Can't blame the guy for his own business decision, he obviously felt in the long run he will come out on top and with more money.   He likely is correct. He can ensure that correct decision by signing with a team that is or can be a legit contender.  Falcons, maybe even the Jets

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It will be interesting to see what the owners do.  If someone pays Bell big bucks, they are setting a precedent that future players may use against them, or do they stick together to thwart future problems.

 

My guess is Bell will not get what he wants. 

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4 mins ago, Riverboat33 said:

From what I've heard, the Steelers offered Bell 5 year 70m, but they refuse to front load contracts, only 2 teams in the NFL refuse to front load, Steelers and Packers.  Bell wants a front loaded contract.

It seems to me that Bell has premonitions of an injury, and wants to get his big money up front. Not sure but I believe he has only played one full season in his 5 career.

what is the difference between " front load" and "guarantee money"... basically the same and pretty much every one that signs a big contract a bulk of it is guarenteed.

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Just now, Riverboat33 said:

It will be interesting to see what the owners do.  If someone pays Bell big bucks, they are setting a precedent that future players may use against them, or do they stick together to thwart future problems.

 

My guess is Bell will not get what he wants. 

what he wants has always been an unknown, unless you mean getting out from under the steelers thumb. I thinking he will get more than 14.5 per

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2 mins ago, iphish said:

It wasn't the steelers decision, if any one folded it would have been Bell

Can't blame the guy for his own business decision, he obviously felt in the long run he will come out on top and with more money.   He likely is correct. He can ensure that correct decision by signing with a team that is or can be a legit contender.  Falcons, maybe even the Jets

Well the  events of which team signs him will be another Bell driven huge drama show I'm sure. Gonna get old real quick listening to the sports reporters talk about it LOL. 

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3 mins ago, iphish said:

It wasn't the steelers decision, if any one folded it would have been Bell

 

The Steelers could have folded and given Bell what he wanted.

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5 mins ago, iphish said:

. He can ensure that correct decision by signing with a team that is or can be a legit contender.  Falcons, maybe even the Jets

Did you mention legit contender and Jets in the same paragraph? :)

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Read somewhere that he's leaving millions on the table not reporting to work this year.  He must be really scared of getting injured before he hits FA.  Maybe hes got the HIV?  The whole thing doesn't make any sense.  Glad the Steelers found a suitable replacement that costs way less.

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