Le’Veon Bell has still yet to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2018 NFL regular season. Here is the latest on the status of the star running back heading into Week 2.
Bell, who hasn’t signed his franchise tag contract, will not be playing today. The Steelers’ star running back has once again forfeited nearly $1 million of his contract.
The Steelers’ running back forfeited about $800,000 by not reporting for Week 1. He didn’t report before the deadline for Week 2, either.
“It’s just after noon, and there’s no sign of RB Le’Veon Bell at Steelers’ headquarters. So he’s off their depth chart, he’s not at Steelers’ complex and he’s out for Sunday vs. KC. Bell’s lost revenue is now over $1.7 million for missing this season’s first two games,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Saturday.
It’s just after noon, and there’s no sign of RB Le’Veon Bell at Steelers’ headquarters. So he’s off their depth chart, he’s not at Steelers’ complex and he’s out for Sunday vs. KC.
Bell’s lost revenue is now over $1.7 million for missing this season’s first two games.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 15, 2018
Sports Illustrated’s Andrew Brandt says he “doesn’t get it.”
Le’Veon Bell now about two hours away from 4pm ET deadline to report or forfeit another $885,000, which it looks like he’ll lose. And as a former agent, I just don’t get it.
— Andrew Brandt (@AndrewBrandt) September 15, 2018
CBS Sports NFL insider Jason La Canfora reports that Bell could continue to be out for a while. Bell could sit out until mid-November.
Agent Adisa Bakari, who also represents Browns starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor, was in Cleveland for the Week 1 game to watch Taylor’s Cleveland debut. The situation was not particularly uncomfortable, sources said, as it’s routine for agents to be at such games, though the backdrop of this particular scenario was unique.
Bakari has given the team no timeframe for when the Pro Bowl runner might return to work, and in fact, no one beyond Bell truly knows how this will play out. Bell is not in communication with coaches or team officials and, as reported last weekend, the Steelers, with Bell asserting that he wants to protect his health and well-being to try to attain the largest guaranteed contract possible on the open market in 2019.
The Steelers are reportedly planning on moving on from Bell in 2019. He likely knows this and is unwilling to rack up a ton of carries for a team that won’t pay him the contract he wants.