Steelers announce Le’Veon Bell will not play in 2018

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In case there was any doubt, the Steelers have now made it official: Le'Veon Bell is not playing for them, or anyone else, in 2018.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert issued a statement on Bell, the franchise running back who has not signed his tender, as soon as the deadline for him to sign it passed at 4 p.m. Eastern today.

“I want to confirm that Le’Veon Bell did not sign his Franchise Tender today and, as a result, he will not be eligible to play football during the 2018 season,” Colbert said in the statement.

That almost certainly ends Bell’s career with the Steelers. He’s expected to sign with some other team in free agency in 2019, and the Steelers will move on without him. Thanks to the outstanding play of James Conner this season, they haven’t missed, and if anything they may be glad that Bell didn’t sign his franchise tag, which saved the team $14.5 million.

52 responses to “Steelers announce Le’Veon Bell will not play in 2018

  1. The Jets, Colts, Bills, Raiders, Texans, and 49rs all have tons of cap space in 2019. If you don’t think Bell will get $15 mil a year and $30+ million in guarantees, you’re nuts.

  2. In 2016 DeAngelo Williams started 3 games when Bell was suspended. In those 3 games Williams had 258 rushing yards, 89 receiving yards and 3 TDs. That equals 1,375 rushing yards, 475 receiving yards and 16 TDs over 16 games. Williams was 33 years old in 2016. Look at what Conner is doing this year.

    It is the Steelers players and system around Bell that allows him to put up the numbers he has, not him

  3. I support the players getting every penny they can from the owners and don’t see this as greed. That being said, based on the facts known publicly, it seems that Bell miscalculated this. I don’t see how his career earnings are higher based on this holdout.

  4. Will his year toll? What’s to keep the Steelers from franchising him again, and again for $14.5 million? He didn’t play so the year doesn’t count, right?

  5. It will be interesting to see come spring if any team is going to be willing to pay him enough to make up for this season’s $14.5 million and also give him the guaranteed money he wants. Still, this is America. People have a right to make their own mistakes, if that is what this turns out to be. Meanwhile, the Steelers will have this extra cap space next season to take care of the people who want to be there. If he had signed and stayed, they could have been in cap purgatory, if not hell. This could turn out to be good for all involved. As a football fan, I can say that this guy is a wonderful player who has always given his best and his all on the field. I will no doubt be sneaking peeks at him running in that wonderful hesitating style next year and thereafter. He balls.

  6. As a Steeler fan, I apologize to the other 31 fanbases for this ponderous story going on for this long. We were a helicopter away from this being Brett Favre retiring story 2.0.

  7. Go get your money Bell. The franchise tag is another way BILLIONAIRE owners try and cheat players out of being paid what they actually deserve. Wake up people. For those of you still asleep thumbs down is on the right…

  8. Watch, the Steelers will Franchise Tag him next year & then win the court battle proving that only signed Contracts count towards the accumulated number of franchise tags…meaning he will revert back to this year’s salary.

    That would be hilarious!

  9. As a Steeler fan, I apologize to the other 31 fanbases for this ponderous story going on for this long. We were a helicopter away from this being Brett Favre retiring story 2.0.

    Oh you think this is over…. LOL this has the potential to make Favre blush.

  10. Business decision, ok. $14.5M at the table, hmm, ok. Will he get paid (jets, colts, philly, cardinals?, Miami?, Bucs?)…sure…but here is the downside of it…what if he gets hurt? ACl? MCL? ‘football shape not there?
    While trying to ‘set a std’ for the RB market, he may have doom the RB community…huge risk. Lets the 2019 season began!!

  11. LOL, so much for it ‘being time to pass the sticks!!!’ Hahahahahahaha he never would have passed a drug test anyway. Hangin’ with his homies and making rap albums? Sure no illegal drugs happening there???? LOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!

  12. AND they will likely lose to the Pats or Cheifs. Can you imagine something like this happening in New England? I cant either

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    Who cares about the Cheaters……?

    Bell is circling the bowl in a final flush.

  13. JJ412 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:25 pm
    I support the players getting every penny they can from the owners and don’t see this as greed. That being said, based on the facts known publicly, it seems that Bell miscalculated this. I don’t see how his career earnings are higher based on this holdout.

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    You dont see how his career earnings are higher??? easy…by not getting hurt BEFORE he gets gauranteed money…u see how Dez Bryants career money just went in the tank? well Leveon Bell has on a life jacket.

  14. mzew233 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:22 pm
    AND they will likely lose to the Pats or Cheifs. Can you imagine something like this happening in New England? I cant either.
    ………………………………………………………………………………..The Pat’s are too cheap to franchise anyone. Ask Dion Lewis. Don’t put the Pats in the same category as the chiefs, Steelers or Chargers. Brady ca barely through far enough to hit the check down guy. Pretty sure Rivers, Big Ben and Mahomes can throw Brady farther than Brady can throw a football. The Dynasty is over, it was a good run. Time to rebuild

  15. jacktatumroamingthemiddle says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:17 pm
    Jon Gruden is salivating for 2019 to hurry up and get here.
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    Except the aparently bags of cap space they currently have for next year is mainly due to having only got half their team signed up, and having shed several quality players. If Bell now goes there and takes a big lump away, the rest of the team are going to be notably worse even than they are now. The team would be Carr, Bell and a bunch of nobodies. Good luck with that idea Raiders.

  16. “If you don’t think Bell will get $15 mil a year and $30+ million in guarantees, you’re nuts”
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    In other words, signing with a garbage team for less money than he was offered by the Steelers

  17. Le’Veon Bell will regret this. No chance anyone gives him more money next year. Not only is he crazy to think he will get QB type money, but now he is viewed as a headache and not a team player as well.

  18. crazy story . . can’t remember the last time an NFL player right smack in his prime, sat out a full year. unfortunately for him, the game keeps moving on with or without any one guy.

  19. Except the aparently bags of cap space they currently have for next year is mainly due to having only got half their team signed up, and having shed several quality players. If Bell now goes there and takes a big lump away, the rest of the team are going to be notably worse even than they are now. The team would be Carr, Bell and a bunch of nobodies. Good luck with that idea Raiders.

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    Shhhh don’t tell the Gruden supporters this is a bad idea. Chucky has this under control.

  20. The Mike Wallace football career strategy. Not the Antonio Brown career strategy. The Mike Wallace one. Remember Mike. He was as good as Antonio. Better maybe. What ever happened to him? League minimum in Baltimore I think, not sure if he is still there though. But .. he got paid. Big big big money.

    Great talent … Fastest receiver in football. Do things no one else could.

    Sad story really.

  21. Le’Veon Bell will regret this. No chance anyone gives him more money next year. Not only is he crazy to think he will get QB type money, but now he is viewed as a headache and not a team player as well.

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    John Gruden: He’s a grinder. A real lunch pail kinda guy. He can move the sticks. His exactly what we need. I’ll team him up with the other guys texting me and we’ll really run it down the Turkey Hole.

  22. He’s a great players who’s afraid to play in case he gets hurt. So he’ll go to another team who will pay him lots of money based on his potential to play great, unless he doesn’t.

    My money is on Bell holding out again if he doesn’t like the new team’s O-line, or the quarterback, or the weather, or anything else.

    NFL careers are short, Me’Veon, and you just sat out a prime year in your 20s!!!

  23. “The Jets, Colts, Bills, Raiders, Texans, and 49rs all have tons of cap space in 2019. If you don’t think Bell will get $15 mil a year and $30+ million in guarantees, you’re nuts.”

    All of those teams but the Colts have poor offensive lines. I doubt Bell would get 1000 yards rushing on most of the other choices. And all of those teams minus the Texans are rebuilding and would be foolish to through quarterback money for a running back with a history of drug issues, injuries, and all the wear and tear.

  24. He has quite the resume now… some spectacular stats, along with suspensions, injuries, holdouts, starting seemingly every season slow, never getting his team over the hump in the postseason, and now willing to sit out an entire year if he doesn’t like what you’re offering. And his production was completely replaced by a 3rd-round draft pick, the 8th RB chosen in his draft.

    All for the low price of being paid more than any other RB in the history of the game!

    Gullible billionaires, the line forms to the left…

  25. tavisteelersfan says:
    November 13, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    The Mike Wallace football career strategy. Not the Antonio Brown career strategy. The Mike Wallace one. Remember Mike. He was as good as Antonio. Better maybe. What ever happened to him? League minimum in Baltimore I think, not sure if he is still there though. But .. he got paid. Big big big money.

    Great talent … Fastest receiver in football. Do things no one else could.

    Sad story really.
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    Bad example, really. Wallace has made $60 million and he is currently on IR making $4 million this year.

  26. Thought he made his guarantee and got cut by dolphins. $60 million is a ruse. Then the bikes had him. Cut. Then Baltimore maybe ….$4 million seems high ..but .. it is not Antonio Brown dough.

  27. Please please Miami DO NOT go after this head case like you did with Suh and a few others. No more headaches

  28. The Mike Wallace football career strategy. Not the Antonio Brown career strategy. The Mike Wallace one. Remember Mike. He was as good as Antonio. Better maybe. What ever happened to him? League minimum in Baltimore I think, not sure if he is still there though. But .. he got paid. Big big big money.

    Great talent … Fastest receiver in football. Do things no one else could.

    Sad story really.
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    Did you really try to compare Mike Wallace to AB? Mike Wallace was a one trick pony: out run the CB and catch ball. That’s it. AB is arguably to best route runner/Best hands/best focus in the NFL.
    Now, if you wanted to use Emanual Sanders, I would say he is a poor man’s AB. They were all drafted the same year by the Steelers. AB in Sixth round. Steelers chose AB, who is a hall of famer.

  29. tavisteelersfan says:
    November 13, 2018 at 5:29 pm
    The Mike Wallace football career strategy. Not the Antonio Brown career strategy. The Mike Wallace one. Remember Mike. He was as good as Antonio. Better maybe. What ever happened to him? League minimum in Baltimore I think, not sure if he is still there though. But .. he got paid. Big big big money.

    Great talent … Fastest receiver in football. Do things no one else could.

    Sad story really.

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    Mike Wallace has made over 83 + million dollars with a vast majority of that coming after his rookie contract expired in PITTS.

    He never got the numbers he produced in PITTSBURGH because of the QBs throwing him the ball. From Ryan Tannehill unable to throw a deep ball to Teddy Bridgewater and the Vikings pop gun offense, and eventually ended up with a busted Joe Flacco.

    His numbers in Miami were decent, but he couldn’t live up to the hype of the contract. Not really his fault since he was playing with a QB who is a former WR and a system that was just terrible. But hey Tannehill is outlasting all of them, coaches, GMs.

  30. It would be funny if the Steelers would put the transition tag on him.

    I wonder if he would sit out another year.

  31. webster8723 says:
    November 13, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Go get your money Bell. The franchise tag is another way BILLIONAIRE owners try and cheat players out of being paid what they actually deserve. Wake up people. For those of you still asleep thumbs down is on the right…

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    Congratulations LeVeon: The way you and your advisors have botched and mishandled this, there will be little or no big $$$ to be had in 2019!

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