Le’Veon Bell may not report by deadline after learning new information

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

Le'Veon Bell is in Pittsburgh, but that doesn't mean he will be reporting for work anytime soon, or anytime at all.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back played basketball at an L.A. Fitness club in North Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, a manager with L.A. Fitness confirmed to ESPN.

Despite the video, there was no indication Wednesday that Bell had visited the team's facility.

"If he doesn't want to play for $14.5 million, why would he want to play for $5 million?" the source told ESPN, referring to the prorated balance remaining on Bell's $14.5 million franchise tender.

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Many expect Bell to report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday, the deadline for eligibility to play this season, but he reportedly has had no contact with the Steelers this week, and the team remains in the dark about his plans. As Kaboly noted, the Steelers are most likely not going to tag him at such an enormous number, which would virtually make him a free agent.

If Bell is designated on a third-year franchise tag, it would be worth around $25 million, which would be one of the highest contracts in the NFL. He would have earned $14.5 million this season had he signed the Steelers' franchise tender, but made a decision to hold out in an effort to secure a more lucrative long-term contract with Pittsburgh or a trade to team willing to offer him one.

Bell has been in Miami working out this season but did leave Monday to head to Pittsburgh. "I'm not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and the rest of my peers, period. also if you're really finding the time to figure out what I'm saying, you've proved my point".

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