Why Le’Veon Bell Considering Holding Out For Entire Season

4 Steelers who must step up against the Panthers

4 Steelers who must step up against the Panthers

The saga between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell may not be even close to over. It was indeed Bell and he is indeed back in Pittsburgh.

Bell has played five seasons with Pittsburgh since getting drafted by the organization in the second round in 2013 out of Michigan State.

Bell would surrender the final $6.84 million of his salary if he elects not to sign the franchise tender.

That difference would be more than $10 million guaranteed money next year that would assure Bell that the Steelers wouldn't franchise tag him for a third season and allow him to seek other offers from the outside whether in free agency or the transition tag.

With James Connor has proven his National Football League mettle in Bell's absence, the Steelers are unlikely to offer Bell a one-year $25 million franchise contract next season, meaning he'll be able to test his market value as an unrestricted free agent. There have mixed reports dating back to the preseason on when Bell would report to the team, with an expectation he would return to the team during their Week 7 bye.

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The Steelers could use the transition tag on him, which would be worth less than the exclusive franchise tag they used this season.

If he plays games this year, the Steelers could try to prove Bell's transition tag should be prorated.

Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing.

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. ". 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".

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