If Le’Veon Bell doesn’t show, a re-tag by the Steelers could spark a CBA fight

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Let’s assume that running back Le'Veon Bell doesn’t report to the Steelers and sign his franchise tender by next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET. If/when that happens, the battle lines could be drawn for a CBA fight regarding the terms of a franchise tag that would be applied to Bell in 2019.

Here’s the basic question, as it possibly could unfold between the Steelers (and the NFL’s Management Council) and Bell (and the NFL Players Association): If Bell doesn’t play this year, would a franchise tag in 2019 carry the same value as the franchise tag in 2018, or would it count as a third franchise tag, qualifying Bell for the quarterback tender?

The relevant language comes from Article 10, Section 15(a) of the Collective Bargaining Agreement: “If any Franchise Player does not play in the NFL in a League Year, his Prior Team shall have the right to designate such player as a Franchise Player or a Transition Player the following League Year, if such designation is otherwise available to the Team, except that the applicable Tender must be made and any 120% Tender shall be measured from the Player’s Prior Year Salary.”

Some believe based on this language that the league would argue that, because Bell didn’t play under the second tag, the second tag would carry over to the next year. Some believe the NFLPA would argue that the plain language of the provision contains no such limitation and that a re-tag of Bell in 2019 would count as a third tag, qualifying him for the quarterback tender — regardless of whether he skips the entire 2018 season.

The difference between the two positions translates to a gap of more than $10 million between the potential tender amounts, with the 2018 tag at $14.54 million and the quarterback tender potentially in the range of $25 million (the quarterback tender was $23.189 million in 2018). Which would make the Steelers far less likely to use the franchise tag on Bell again in 2019, if it’s the higher amount.

If it’s the lower amount, the Steelers could re-tag Bell and then trade him. But if he doesn’t play in 2018, Section 15(a) also limits the team’s ability to use the exclusive version of the franchise tag, allowing a team to sign him to an offer sheet in return for a first-round and third-round draft pick. This would limit the maximum compensation the Steelers could get for Bell, which could in turn reduce his trade value.

And if the Steelers are able to trade Bell, the thinking is that he’d receive a lower financial package than he would receive if he could be signed without his new team giving up draft pick(s) or player(s) compensation. If the quarterback tender applies and, as a practical matter, Bell can’t be franchise tagged (and thus can’t be traded), Bell would hit the open market and get more than anyone would reasonably expect.

Case in point: Receiver Sammy Watkins hit the open market, and he received a contract that is in many respects better than the deal Odell Beckham Jr. signed to stay with the Giants. That’s the way to get paid huge money — land on the market on the first day of free agency, and sign with a team that can get the player without any compensation beyond the player’s contract.

The manner in which the Article 10, Section 15(a) is interpreted and applied will go a long way toward determining which franchise tender applies to Bell, if he doesn’t show up by next Tuesday at 4:00 p.m. ET.

83 responses to “If Le’Veon Bell doesn’t show, a re-tag by the Steelers could spark a CBA fight

  1. Why in God’s name would they re-tag someone who doesn’t show up for work and alienated the entire team? That’s some expensive vindictiveness.

  2. Does it really matter? Unless there’s an illegal8 handshake agreement behind closed doors not to put any tag on him, whether he shows up or not the Steelers likely would put the transition tag on him.

  3. Lol….. the PAPER TIGER MAY FIGHT BACK….. I’m sure the LEAGUE is just terrified about that!!

  4. Bell wants a long term deal…period. Reference Earl Thomas, if you don’t understand why.

    Clearly, the Steelers do not want to give him a long term deal at a price that they can both live with. No reason to complicate it further than that.

    Given the situation, Bell should report, sign the tender, get “injured” and sit out the rest of the season. Then the Steelers would have to tag him again next year and face the same situation again but at a higher salary or cut him loose.

  5. “shall be measured from the Player’s Prior Year Salary”

    Hmmm…So does that mean it would be based of how much money he actually got paid? Because it won’t be $14.54 million.

  6. I don’t understand Bell’s end game here??
    He wanted more money, to be paid as an elite player
    Yet he has sat 1/2 the season and made NO MONEY

    His franchise tag THIS a year was to pay him nearly $13 million
    But if he doesn’t sign it and show, he’ll get nothing hoping to get more next year??
    What teamnin their right mind will pay him MORE than $13 million a season??

  7. The Steelers should tag him again.
    He’s still good and 14.5MM is fair value for one year.
    It makes business sense to do so.
    It will also anger him, sorry about that Le’Veon, it’s just business.

  8. Didn’t read the article because its a pure waste of time on speculation and also extremely unlikely the Steelers would tag him again. Why on earth would they use $10M in cap space when they have a more than capable RB in Conner for 1/20th of the price? Steelers would never do that. If he doesn’t show up he will walk in FA. If he shows up he will walk in FA. Florio going to exhaust everyone with how many stories he write that will never happen.

  9. This is the business part of football that the Patriots have eliminated ,,and the Steelers have found the answer in the backup ,,just to stupid to realize it !

  10. Forget about all this BS. Pull back this year’s agreement and let him go as a free agent. Who needs all this drama. Pitt knows he woon’t be there next year regardless.

  11. jjackwagon says: “Given the situation, Bell should report, sign the tender, get “injured” and sit out the rest of the season.”
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    NFL teams have doctors on staff…

  12. Worst case scenario for the Steelers would be him accepting being re-tagged. They’re better off without him. His replacement is playing great at a fraction the price and with none of the drama.

  13. Let’s not forget the Steelers did offer him a 5 year $70 mil deal. He just thought he was worth more. Good luck as a FA

  14. Bell isn’t getting tagged again. This is such a non-story that no one (especially Florio) can give up for some reason. Bell overplayed his hand. There is someone out there doing just as well as he did for 550k for the whole season. Let’s not forget that guy is likable, doesn’t have failed drug tests and has a couple knees that haven’t been operated on. Plus his second career isn’t rapping about how the organization that put up with all of that shows him no respect.

  15. It says any 120% tender would be measured on prior year salary but there is more specific clause that says “Any Club that designates a player as a Franchise Player for the third time shall, on the date the third such designation is made, be deemed to have tendered the player a one-year NFL Player Contract for” the QB tag number. That seems to apply as regardless whether Bell plays this year it would be the third time he was designated a franchise player by the Steelers either way.

  16. Same principle should apply to the Steelers not being able to currently trade Bell’s rights… He hasn’t signed and therefore is not on ANY team currently. If he were currently serving a suspension and refused to sign the franchise he wouldn’t get credit for the suspension until he was a member of the NFL. If you aren’t on a roster, how can you claim to be a player, it’s like me saying I’m a member of the (insert random team name here)… haha

  17. I normally support players over owners in money disputes, but it’s really hard to root for this guy.

  18. Run down a team but not a player that tried his best to pull one on the Steelers and backfired, showing his true colors in tweets and his true stupidity in letting over 8 millions dollars slide through his hands. I guess Bell did not take any classes on money management in college.

  19. Sorry, but Aditi Kinkhabwala blew up this article on Twitter. She said that neither the team nor league plan to argue the second tag should carry over. They’re in agreement that the potential tag should be the third. But thanks for trying to make news where none exists.

  20. You’re overlooking the fact that Bell must be on the active roster by week 9, or his “year” doesn’t count. So the next season, 2019 would be a repeat of 2018 with respect to the franchise tag.

    The real question is if the Steelers would opt to cut him, or apply the tag. They could play hardball and tag him just to continue to control his rights. When and if he ever wants to play in the league again, he would need to ultimately sign the tag, at which time the Steelers would trade him to whomever they wish for whatever they want. The Steelers hold all the cards. Bell holding out has only hurt bell, not the Steelers. And there’s NO WAY any team will pay Bell anywhere close to the franchise tag value. Never. He will never admit it, but his bank account is screaming BIG MISTAKE.

  21. ak185 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    Why in God’s name would they re-tag someone who doesn’t show up for work and alienated the entire team? That’s some expensive vindictiveness.
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    This is ridiculous. At this point in time Bell has fulfilled all contract obligations he signed with the Steelers. The Steelers made Bell an offer of a 1 year franchise tag deal and HE DIDN’T SIGN IT. In America. You know the United States….you are not expected or obligated to “show up for work” if there isn’t a signed contract between the two parties involved. I know this is the NFL with their rediculous anti free market system of franchise tags but even in this system there still has to be a signed contract before any party is obligated to anything. Sheesh.

  22. What’s will all this drama from pro football talk??
    Bell is going to show up per the Steelers owner a couple weeks ago.
    I highly doubt Art Rooney JR.would be issuing a statement like that if he was just talking out of his a@%!
    Stop walready. Bell will show up and everyone will forget very quickly about all of this when the yards and touchdowns really pile up.

  23. The best part about all of this is that Bell’s financial advisors somehow convinced him that he would somehow recoup all of that $14M he was supposed to make this year. Take whatever guarantees he ends up with and subtract the $14M he walked away from and I’m guessing his deal will turn out to be very average.

  24. jjackwagon says:
    Bell wants a long term deal…period. Reference Earl Thomas, if you don’t understand why. . . . Bell should report, sign the tender, get “injured” and sit out the rest of the season. Then the Steelers would have to tag him again next year and face the same situation again but at a higher salary or cut him loose.
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    With regard to Earl Thomas, like far too many people today you’re confusing what someone WANTS with what they’re ENTITLED to. Thomas was under contract and therefore due no special protection or guarantees for his future earnings. He takes his chances every time he steps on the field, just like any other player who knows the risks when they sign on the dotted line and start cashing paychecks.
    As for Bell, who is not under contract, it’s a lot more complicated than faking an “injury” in order to collect a paycheck while not playing. He’d be examined by multiple specialists who could easily determine he wasn’t really hurt.
    Bell has already cost himself at least $8 million this season that he will never recoup. His approach to his contract has hurt him in the PR department, and teams are starting to see the Steelers offense is running just fine with James Connor in his stead. If Bell tanks and fakes an injury in Pittsburgh, what other team is going to throw big bucks at a guy you clearly can’t trust?

  25. 6thsense10 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm

    This is ridiculous. At this point in time Bell has fulfilled all contract obligations he signed with the Steelers. The Steelers made Bell an offer of a 1 year franchise tag deal and HE DIDN’T SIGN IT. In America. You know the United States….you are not expected or obligated to “show up for work” if there isn’t a signed contract between the two parties involved. I know this is the NFL with their rediculous anti free market system of franchise tags but even in this system there still has to be a signed contract before any party is obligated to anything. Sheesh.
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    You’re correct, this is America. In this great country Bell is allowed to go get any non NFL job he wants. Until he’s truly a free agent, he can go flip burgers, be a personal trainer, do whatever he is qualified to do. No one is stopping him from earning a living.

  26. fsstnotch says:
    November 6, 2018 at 2:01 pm
    Same principle should apply to the Steelers not being able to currently trade Bell’s rights… He hasn’t signed and therefore is not on ANY team currently. If he were currently serving a suspension and refused to sign the franchise he wouldn’t get credit for the suspension until he was a member of the NFL. If you aren’t on a roster, how can you claim to be a player, it’s like me saying I’m a member of the (insert random team name here)… haha

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    Until you officially file your retirement paper the NFL still considers you a player even if you’re not on a team. This allows them to still proceed with off season random drug testing as well as allows them to still discipline a player who may have ran into legal issues both during the season and off season.

  27. If Bell does not show up this year and he gets tagged…according to the language posted in this article (“…any 120% Tender shall be measured from the Player’s Prior Year Salary.”) Bell could be tagged next year for a grand total of **drum roll** $0.00. That’s right, zero dollars. His prior year salary would be zero. 0*120%=0. The lawyer in Florio argued about wiggle room about the term “should” in previous articles. What is the wiggle room in “shall”? Quick answer is there is NO wiggle room. Good luck with that, Bell.

  28. ak185 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm
    Why in God’s name would they re-tag someone who doesn’t show up for work and alienated the entire team?

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    Originally, would’ve guessed that it’d be to leave open the possibility of a trade. For one, a trade gives the Steelers control over where Bell winds up (i.e., trade him to a non-rival). Second, it gives the Steelers (potentially) more control over what they receive in return. My understanding is that the conditions for compensatory picks (should Bell leave in FA) aren’t fixed and depend on other factors, including other FA signings the Steelers could make.

    All that said, this whole tagging situation is so absurdly complex that even writers don’t seem to know what’s going on at this point, so who even knows.

  29. I don’t know/understand much about the tags and all the sections of all the articles but here is something I clearly understand :

    “Honestly, no one cares anymore. Why would I? I don’t want to waste the energy. I have to block some of the best players on the best defense in the world. Do you think I’m going to worry about a guy who’s not here?”
    – Steelers guard David DeCastro.

  30. Leveon already gave up more money in his holdout than the highest paid 2018 RB Shady McCoy (not counting Gurley and DK extensions) will make all year. The average NFL RB lasts less than 6 years. By sitting out a season Lev loses a year of his RB life in the NFL. You can’t fix stupid!!! Let him go be someone else’s problem Steelers!

  31. Sorry, but the NFL lawyers already got this covered under Section 15(c):

    “If such a player is redesignated as a Franchise Player for the League Year following the League Year in which he does not play, the player may be designated only under Section 2(a)(i) above”. Which is the normal tag salary of 120% of the player’s prior year salary.

  32. Bell doesnt have to fake a injury if he comes back…you think he’s been WORKING OUT for 3 months? Mother nature will hobble him one way or another if the Steelers paly him….and THAT will hurt his next future contract with another team. Bell losses no matter what at this point. He listened to the WRONG people.

  33. akira1971 says:

    November 6, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    jjackwagon says: “Given the situation, Bell should report, sign the tender, get “injured” and sit out the rest of the season.”
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    NFL teams have doctors on staff…

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    Sure they have doctors and what’s your point? If you say your hurt they cant force you on the field. Mike McKenzie faked a hamstring injury years ago to be dealt but to take it a step further 2 doctors always agree for example Kawhaii Leonard with the Spurs last year. Spurs team doctor felt it was 1 thing and it had healed enough to play, Leonard’s doctor/2nd opinion felt the injury was something else and he wasn’t healthy enough to play. Bell could even show up and then have some minor cleanup done on some part of his body.

  34. To Whomever commented that Bell wants a long term deal. He had one and would have made $47mm-ish over first 3 years. It became greed, and it was always ego Keep it real. Besides, he averaged 3.9 yards per carry last year, and, Connor,& deAngelo Williams before him, showed that the offensive line is a huge part of this. 3.9 Le’Veon, 3.9. Take the 3rd round draft pick allotted for him leaving and wash hands.

  35. If he doesn’t show then he doesn’t sign the contract and finalize the tag for 2018. There is no 2018 tag. I cannot see how the 2019 application could be the third one. It’s back to #2.

  36. jm91rs says:
    November 6, 2018 at 2:11 pm
    6thsense10 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 2:06 pm
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    You’re correct, this is America. In this great country Bell is allowed to go get any non NFL job he wants. Until he’s truly a free agent, he can go flip burgers, be a personal trainer, do whatever he is qualified to do. No one is stopping him from earning a living.
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    Yes. I believe everyone including Bell realizes that so I fail to see what your point is. All this bellyaching about a man with no financial or contractual obligation to an employer is silly. Bell made his decision not to sign the offer he was given as have I and literally 10s of thousand people who turn down offers each year do. Why are you all crying about It? Do you all somehow think he doesn’t know what he’s turning down? Is there something in the CBA that says you must sign a contract?

  37. “elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    November 6, 2018 at 1:54 pm
    This is the business part of football that the Patriots have eliminated ,,and the Steelers have found the answer in the backup ,,just to stupid to realize it !”

    The only “to stupid(sic)” difference between the Pats* and the Steelers are the respective Head Coaches.

  38. PCa Survivor says: “Sorry, but Aditi Kinkhabwala blew up this article on Twitter. She said that neither the team nor league plan to argue the second tag should carry over. They’re in agreement that the potential tag should be the third. But thanks for trying to make news where none exists.”
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    No, her tweet said NOTHING about what Steelers/NFL would do. It was just her opinion that signing a tender “is completely irrelevant.” In fact, CBA Article 10, Section 15 (c) covers this exact scenario of a player not playing in the league year.

  39. Isn’t grass growing somewhere that needs in depth news coverage? It certainly would be more exciting than another stale Bell article. There has to be more going on in the NFL than the Bell saga.

  40. Ok Dummies…

    There’s no Salary for a Contract that’s never signed. So, no matter how the Player’s Union tries to reword it (pointlessly), Bell’s new salary calculation would derived from the last Salary received based on the last Contract he actually signed (in 2017).

    Personally, I would love it if Bell didn’t show up this year & the Steelers retagged him.
    1) With the Annual increase to Player’s comp, the Steelers would get him back using a smaller percentage of the Team’s Player Comp (time cost of money net gain).
    2) Another year with Bell on the team keeps him off an opposing team’s roster.

    It would be a win-win for the Steelers. Not pay him a penny this year, not have to play against him this year & then have him at a better Comp Calculation next?! That’s a Win-Win for the Steelers!!!

  41. If he does not sign, the Steelers get the whole $14m he was due under the tender this year, in their bank account and in addition to their next year salary cap since they were that far under this year (carry over).

    Plus, I think they get a third round compensatory pick in 2020.

    Given how the team is doing, and ideally they have Bell for the run and playoffs to spell Conner, provide another threat and deal with injury risk, it is hard to imagine a way the Steelers could be better off.

    Bell .. I think Gurley deal along with his numbers doomed Leveon. He is just playing for something good to pop out of the woodwork now. For instance Connor gets hurt Thursday, bell is in good shape. Otherwise … Took one of his prime playing on years and sat in the sofa. After walking from the $70 million.

  42. The league is not going to bend on something that would effectively give a player that’s been tagged the right to miss an entire season and still get credit as if he’d played.

    I more often than not back the players but that would be insanity

  43. So what?
    The NFLPA sucks, and Bell sucks. Good riddance Me’Veon!
    Interesting how players have all of this protection, both legal and virtual (e.g. favorable media coverage and support) and the teams have NO protection whatsoever when players do stupid things like get DUI’s, beat women, use illegal drugs, kneel, etc.

  44. What happened to the players code of “don’t touch the money”….
    I guess all the clowns in the Pittsburgh lockerroom have forgotten about when Bell played through some pretty serious knee injuries to push the palyoff run…. to make THEM look better… to make THEM million more on their next contracts.
    If I were Bell, I’d report…. and practice…. and mail it in on game day.

  45. SundaySwami says: “Sure they have doctors and what’s your point?”
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    You can’t just claim being “injured” is the point. Kawhi actually suffered a thigh tendinopathy, which all medical exams clearly showed. And it’s one thing to not sign a tag and not play, but potential teams will definitely take notice of his commitment if he goes ahead to fake an injury while under a contract.

    Even he’s not stupid enough to jeopardize that.

  46. If he doesn’t report and sign by next Tuesday he doesn’’t get credit for the league year. Logic would dictate this should be thhe threshold for whether the franchise tag can be carried over at the same rate. If he’s not getting a year credited towards FA why should he get credit for being tagged?
    Of course it makes no sense for Bell to not report so this is all pointless speculation. The whole point is to get to FA so he’s gonna report. I predict he pulls a hammy in his first practice.

  47. Bell would be wise to show up. The Steelers would be wise to keep that from happening. Bell not playing a year is a good thing for his body, ask Ricky Williams. As for the money he will make, that guaranteed money is what it’s all about. And despite what posters here may think, he will get paid and his earning potential goes up once he hits the FA market. Something the Steelers are trying to avoid.

  48. Hopefully the language will be corrected to prevent greedy dirtbags like LaVerne LaBelle to profit from sitting at home looking in the mirror. There must be a way to punish a player financially by refusing to play under the franchise tag; and that means a consider cut in the offer for the franchise.

  49. It’s not a technicality. They applied the tag, but he didn’t sign it and sat the year out (hypothetically). So just like you can’t trade a tagged player unless he signs the tender, he isn’t on an active roster and he is not a contracted player unless he signs the tender. There would be no logical fight on it. The language is more than clear, though I’m sure the NFLPA would try, futilely to fight it.

  50. hawksfanpete says:
    November 6, 2018 at 2:46 pm
    This has got to me the most annoying saga in professional sports. Enough already.

    Are you kidding? These guys are having the most fun they’ve had since framegate. Get ready for 7 solid days of chocolate diamond talk.

  51. “ak185 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 1:34 pm

    Why in God’s name would they re-tag someone who doesn’t show up for work and alienated the entire team? That’s some expensive vindictiveness.”

    To get some compensation back in a trade. The “rights” to Bell are a commodity. Why squander it?

  52. vikingjack73 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    I don’t understand Bell’s end game here??
    He wanted more money, to be paid as an elite player
    Yet he has sat 1/2 the season and made NO MONEY

    His franchise tag THIS a year was to pay him nearly $13 million
    But if he doesn’t sign it and show, he’ll get nothing hoping to get more next year??
    What team in their right mind will pay him MORE than $13 million a season??

    ***

    It’s a risk mitigation strategy. If he plays this year, he risks a serious and even potentially career-ending injury in a contract year. Yes, he would earn whatever this year, but he may never get a big contract again if he’s seriously injured. So, he essentially waits out all year, guaranteeing that he hits FA healthy, with the expectation that he will sign a long-term contract next year that has a significant amount of guaranteed money. That’s the thinking, anyway.

  53. Carroll Prescott says:
    November 6, 2018 at 3:11 pm
    Hopefully the language will be corrected to prevent greedy dirtbags like LaVerne LaBelle to profit from sitting at home looking in the mirror. There must be a way to punish a player financially by refusing to play under the franchise tag; and that means a consider cut in the offer for the franchise.

    Xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Your immaturity is showing.

    And since he didn’t SIGN the Franchise tag offer, he is under no obligation to play. Maybe you believe people should just “shut up and play”, but it’s his body. You aren’t running into walls at 20mph for a living.

  54. “Why in God’s name would they re-tag someone who doesn’t show up for work and alienated the entire team? That’s some expensive vindictiveness.”

    To get some compensation back in a trade. The “rights” to Bell are a commodity. Why squander it?”

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    I do understand that, but do you think he will even show up for whomever trades for him to protest his lack of ability to get a deal? The only way it works is with a secret agreement to trade him to a team he likes, but even that depends on the Steelers honoring their end once he signs the tender and I don’t think Bell would give them that kind of say. It’d just be another year of questions and distraction when Bell refuses to show again.

    Better to just take a compensatory pick and move on and let some other team deal with Bell until he gets fed up again.

  55. It is nice to see this issue finally being brought up in the national media, because there has been a lot of misinformation spread regarding whether Bell “has to report” for Franchise Tag purposes. But there is a lot of relevant CBA language which has been left out of this article.

    Section 15(b) (not Section 15(a) as the article cites), begins with the langauge quoted in the article and then continues: “If such a player is redesignated as a Franchise Player for the League Year following the League Year in which he does not play, the player may be designated only under section 2(a)(1) above, except that Draft Choice Compensation of only one first round draft selection and one third round draft selection shall be made with respect to such player in the event he signs with the New Club. If such a player is designated as a Franchise player for a third time, the terms of Section 2(b) above shall apply.”

    Section 2(b) is the the section which triggers the required tender estimated to be around $25 million. (The average salary of the top five players at the position with the highest such average, which would be the average of the top five Quarterbacks.)

    While the language of these two sentences seems somewhat contradictory, (“…designated ONLY under Section 2(a)(1)…” vs the second sentence which would require section 2(b) to apply) the usage of the word “redesignated” seems to pretty clearly indicate that his current designation would not carry over and he would thus have to be designated again. In that case, he will have been DESIGNATED three times and the sentence addressing what happens in the case of a third designation should apply. The use of the word “only” would be read to emphasize that section 2(a)(ii), which is the Exclusive Franchise Tag, cannot be used for players who have missed a League Year and are not in their third Franchise Player designation.

    To further clarify, the relevant word for purposes of Bell hitting that magical third Franchise Tag tender is the word “designate”. The section as a whole does not address what happens after the designation of Franchise Player is made, including whether he signs the tender, in any manner relevant to this discussion. As such, the NFLPA would have a very strong argument if the Steelers would attempt to Franchise Tag Bell and tender him under any section other than 2(b).

    As has been reported lately, the Transition Tag would still be available to the Steelers, but that would allow Bell to shop his services in the open free agent market and only give the Steelers a chance to match any offer he receives.

  56. If he doesn’t sign a contract how does the year count? Not the Steelers fault that the CBA allows them to hold on to a player with value. That’s the benifit that comes with drafting a franchise player. If he doesn’t sign or show up they should be able to franchise him again according to the rules and they absolutely should do it. You know he is going to try and stick it to them by signing with a rival. Tag him again and let him sit out again.

  57. jjackwagon says:

    Given the situation, Bell should report, sign the tender, get “injured” and sit out the rest of the season. Then the Steelers would have to tag him again next year and face the same situation again but at a higher salary or cut him loose

    If Bell were to do that expecting a big payday I think he’s going to get a big surprise. No team will give him a ton of money if he tanks the rest of the year. I also think the Steelers will do what’s in their best interest regardless of how it affects Bell and why wouldn’t they. If they hold his rights they should get whatever they can for him. They likely would prefer he go somewhere in the NFC too. That’s nothing new.

    No matter what happens, I seriously doubt Bell is getting the huge payday he expects to get. He can thank himself for that because Conner has made people forget about Bell.

  58. Somebody tell him that he’s a RB. I’ll take a UDFA like Phillip Lindsay for a fraction of the money he thinks he’s worth.

  59. I hope Bell comes in signs his tag and the NFL immediately drug test him. If he doesn’t come in and sign, I hope he signs with a new team, steelers get a 3rd round comp pick and the NFL comes in and drug test him. Either scenario would be awesome.

  60. If he did come back the Steelers are likely going to be paying him to work out the first few weeks. He was clearly not in game shape last seen. Hes not so out of it that he could not get into game shape. But it would be a few weeks work. The smart thing to do would be to not push and risj injury just bring him up slowly so that he reaches full on just before the playoffs. Then use him in the playoffs.

    By the FF seasons will be over, so Connor owners are in pretty good shape to ride this the rest of the way.

  61. So the guy throws a hissy fit then gets rewarded with a higher paycheck? So done with this crap. These clowns literally must live in one of Marvels universes with the crap. Onto college football it is

  62. If he does not play this year, isn’t his salary this year $0, and thus the price for his franchise tag next year would be quite low. would love to see a judge throw the book at him.
    At this point. what team would sign him to a long term deal??

  63. vikingjack73 says:
    November 6, 2018 at 1:49 pm
    I don’t understand Bell’s end game here??
    He wanted more money, to be paid as an elite player
    Yet he has sat 1/2 the season and made NO MONEY

    His franchise tag THIS a year was to pay him nearly $13 million
    But if he doesn’t sign it and show, he’ll get nothing hoping to get more next year??
    What teamnin their right mind will pay him MORE than $13 million a season??
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    I don’t think you understand what is going on here. Lev isn’t holding out for ‘more’ money, he is holding out for ‘guaranteed’ money. If he didn’t hold out and reported game one and tore his ACL (as he did in the past) then no more money right? But if a team will give him ‘guaranteed’ money then even after the torn ACL he gets his money right?

    Hopefully I have educated you on the subject and you are now better able to understand what Lev is trying to do here .. that thing you called ‘end game’

  64. “Until he’s truly a free agent, he can go flip burgers, be a personal trainer, do whatever he is qualified to do. No one is stopping him from earning a living.”

    True, no one is stopping him from earning a living. However, since 5 years, $70 million wasn’t enough of a “living” for Bell, it’s hard to see how he could make a living flipping burgers.

  65. Bell wants guaranteed money. To the tune of like 30-50 million worth in case he gets injured and can never make that much. In other words, he is vastly over-estimating his worth to any team, anywhere, anytime. No one can afford to effectively borrow 10’s of millions from their future caps to pay someone who could potentially be sitting on a couch playing PlayStation. Bell just doesn’t get that, and so he keeps doubling down, saying he will never apologize. Guess what Le’Veon? We already know you are not sorry, or you wouldn’t be abandoning everyone who helped you become a rich star. Relatively speaking, you should have gotten paid more the last couple years, but that’s life in the big city. EVERYBODY WORKS HARDER WHEN THEY ARE NEW AND GETS PAID LESS AND WORKS OVERTIME FOR FREE, ETC… Difference is, most of us are making pennies on even your lowest paid salary. I’m all for players getting what they are worth. You are asking for too much AND you are doing it in a way that is annihilating all of your worth. GET A BETTER AGENT OR START LISTENING TO ONE. Up until now, your choices have been absolutely terrible.

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