The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is a complicated animal, and apparently even Le'Veon Bell is still learning the ins and outs of it. Bell remains absent from the team, though it was believed he would join the team following its upcoming game against Carolina.
The running back said goodbye to Miami on Monday but still has not reported to the team.
The transition tag would allow Bell to negotiate with other teams and allow the Steelers to match any offer. ". Don't judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn't what you'd do. but most people don't take the time to just simply read between the lines".More news: Driver charged in death of actress' toddler kills herself
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.
On Wednesday night, Bell posted two messages on his Twitter account in upside-down text, saying in part that he's "not apologizing" for his holdout.
If Bell fails to report, the transition tag would be around $14.5 million, or 120 percent of his $12.1 million franchise tag from 2017, since that's the past year he played. & that's clearly on them. According to one report, a new piece of information the star running back learned about his own situation this week has him contemplating not reporting to the Pittsburgh Steelers at all in 2018. Aditi Kinkhabwala of NFL.com reports that neither the Steelers nor the NFL is planning on making the franchise tender from this season carry over to next season, but Bell could miss out on benefits in relation to his pension and healthcare reimbursement that are connected to how many credited seasons a player has. "There's now a real possibility that Bell won't report by the deadline".