Le’Veon Bell Ruled Ineligible For Rest Of The Season

At lengthy final, the Le’Veon Bell saga has come to an finish.

The NFL’s 4pm deadline has come and gone, and Bell didn’t report back to the Pittsburgh Steelers to signal the franchise tender, that means he’s formally ineligible for the rest of the season. As a consequence, Bell will enter free company subsequent summer season with a clear invoice of well being, although he additionally missed out on $14.5 million by forfeiting the whole 2018 season. Had he signed in the present day, he nonetheless would have been capable of recoup roughly $6 million.

Steelers common supervisor Kevin Colbert launched a short assertion relating to in the present day’s growth that reads, “I wish to affirm that Le’Veon Bell didn’t signal his Franchise Tender in the present day and, because of this, he is not going to be eligible to play soccer throughout the 2018 season.” When requested what occurs if Bell by no means returns to the Steelers, head coach Mike Tomlin stated Tuesday afternoon, “So be it,” in response to ESPN.

As ESPN’s Adam Schefter experiences, the Steelers are unlikely to put a franchise tag on Bell subsequent season as a result of the value would rise to greater than $25 million.

Bell, who turns 27 in February, had advised ESPN on October 1 that he was going to play this season, saying, “I nonetheless wish to go on the market and win a Super Bowl with the Steelers.” Now we all know for certain, that will not be the case.

Meanwhile, the Steelers are at the moment using a 5 sport profitable streak that has them sitting atop the AFC North with a 6-2-1 report. Bell’s alternative, James Conner, ranks second within the NFL with 1,158 yards from scrimmage and has reached the endzone 11 instances.