Reports from earlier in the season suggested Bell needed to sign with the team by November 13 if he wanted to retain his free agent eligibility following the season.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report by the team's Thursday night game against the Carolina Panthers in Week 10. He has lost $855,529 for very week he's missed so far.
Pro Football Talk has been reporting that the Steelers could franchise tag Bell again this offseason for the second time if he doesn't report by November 13 at the same salary number of around $14.5 million, as the 2018 franchise tag would not count as one of the three the team can use on Bell.
13 to report to the team to be eligible to play this season.
The Athletic reported a month ago that Bell would qualify as a third franchise tag even if he didn't show by the deadline.
According to The Athletic, Bell and his camp confirmed that the running back would count as a third-year franchise player in 2019 even if he doesn't sign his $14.5 million tender this season.
The transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate with other teams and allow the Steelers to match any offer. He could become a free agent in 2019 if the Steelers don't franchise him again. Either option would allow Bell to seek a deal from another team which is what he has been seeking all along. Bell posted a tweet upside down - yes, upside down - to speak out on the situation.
He rushed for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns over 15 games in 2017 with the Steelers, his fifth year in Pittsburgh.
Bell told ESPN in early October that he is staying away to preserve his long-term health for his next contract but intends to play football this season.