PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers quiz running aid Le’Veon Bell to file to the crew next week, president Artwork Rooney II stated Thursday on Sirius XM radio.
Bell, who has overlooked 10 weeks with out signing his $14.5 million franchise label, must file by Tuesday or he forfeits the 2018 season. Counting the weeks overlooked, he has officially misplaced out on $Eight.fifty two million worth of earnings.
“I discover no longer know what his plans are, nonetheless I’d explain that at this level we quiz him to reach aid aid next week,” Rooney stated. “All of us know he’s aid in Pittsburgh, so we’re hoping to have some communications with him over the weekend. We’re more or much less awaiting he’ll be aid next week.”
Bell returned to town this week, and a manager of L.A. Fitness in north Pittsburgh confirmed to ESPN that Bell performed basketball at the flexibility Tuesday night.
The Steelers entrance situation of job has stayed relatively calm on Bell’s absence, with coach Mike Tomlin announcing he’d prefer to talk about avid gamers who’re with the crew. Nonetheless the account has grown unavoidable since Bell has held out longer than any NFL player on a franchise label.
The Steelers are no longer anticipated to franchise label Bell attributable to of the $20-plus-million designate linked to a nil.33 label, leaving them with two alternate choices after the season — situation the transition label on him, or let him enter free agency and discover a compensatory draft win for his departure.
The Steelers can also try to prorate a transition label if Bell plays video games this year, and if he sits out your entire year the transition label would be worth A hundred and twenty percent of his closing wage, which is $14.5 million (in accordance with his $12.1 million in earnings from 2017).
“We’re in uncharted territory here through, this genuinely has by no means happen sooner than so far as I do know,” Rooney stated. “So, there are questions that we can also discover to at the cease of the season. We will injurious those bridges after we discover to them at the cease of the season.”
When Bell reports, the Steelers can train a two-week roster exemption with the selection to have pay throughout that point if Bell is no longer in game form.
On Wednesday night, Bell posted two messages on his Twitter account in upside-down textual speak material, announcing in share that he’s “no longer apologizing” for his holdout.
“Ethical about all people has an conception on my existence & anxious about what I’m doing,” Bell wrote. “… Make no longer have shut me off my choices attributable to perchance this is never genuinely what you are going to cease … nonetheless most people don’t eradicate the time to suited merely read between the lines … & that is clearly on them … I’m no longer apologizing for what I accept as true with is suited-attempting for myself, household, and the relaxation of my chums, duration … also within the event you are genuinely finding the time to resolve out what I’m announcing, you’ve gotten proved my level.”
In Bell’s absence, running aid James Conner has produced a total of 1,085 yards and 10 touchdowns via the crew’s first eight video games.