Steelers Could Tag Le'Veon Bell At QB Number In 2019

What Should Steelers Do With Le'Veon Bell If He Returns

The estranged Steelers running back was spotted playing pickup basketball at an L.A Fitness in Pittsburgh Tuesday night, ESPN reports.

Le'Veon Bell continues to play coy with the public after a report that he was spotted at a Pittsburgh gym.

13 to report to the team to be eligible to play this season. He needs three games at full pay to have the season credited.

So if Pittsburgh made a decision to put the franchise tag on Bell again next offseason, it would be the third tag. If the Steelers did decide to go that route, it would be even more costly than normal.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports there's a "real possibility" Bell will simply let next Tuesday's deadline to sign the franchise tag pass and sit out the season. According to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero that salary would be more than $25 million next season.


Bell has been working out in Miami this season, but on Monday he tweeted "Fairwell Miami" without further explanation. It's a non-exclusive deal worth the average of the top 10 salaries at a position.

The transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate with other teams and allow the Steelers to match any offer.

With James Connor has proven his National Football League mettle in Bell's absence, the Steelers are unlikely to offer Bell a one-year $25 million franchise contract next season, meaning he'll be able to test his market value as an unrestricted free agent. Whether or not he reports this season, the Steelers would need to use a $25 million franchise tag to keep him in 2019, which is not expected to happen.

In the meantime, the Steelers will keeping pounding the ball with James Conner, who has tallied 1,085 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns as the Steelers have started the season 5-2-1, good for first place in the AFC North.

The Steelers selected the Michigan State product in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft.

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