Le’veon Bell Will Report to Steelers Week 7
In the wake of their 26-14 loss to the Baltimore Ravens, the Pittsburgh Steelers could stand to use some good news, and they will certainly receive some as ESPN reported that RB Le’Veon Bell plans to report to the Steelers in Week 7, during the team’s bye week and just in time for their game vs. the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field October 28th.
Bell 27, hasn’t reported to the Steelers since they were unable to reach a deal July 16th. For the 2nd straight season, the Steelers tried to sign Bell to a long-term deal, only for him to turn them down. Subsequently, the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell both years ($12 million in 2017, $14.5 million in 2018) but since Bell didn’t report at the beginning of this season, he’s been forfeiting $855,000 per week.
Bell states that he’s been working out and is in shape despite reports of partying in Miami. He said he could play ‘tomorrow’ if needed. His reason for holding out was the singing bonus offered by Pittsburgh ($17 million) which was lower than the $31-45 million that LA Rams RB Todd Gurley and Arizona’s David Johnson received. Plus, he wanted to preserve his body after carrying the ball over 400 times in 2017.
Bell’s absence has also forced the Steelers to start listening to trade talks, which they state will continue even though Bell plans to report. The NY Jets were rumored to talk to Pittsburgh about acquiring Bell, but nothing resulted from it.
Meanwhile, the Steelers rushing attack has had its challenges with starter James Conner who rushed for over 100 yards in Week 1 but has struggled to repeat that performance in weeks 2-4 as he averaged 43 yards per game which includes his 19 yards on 5 carries Sunday. It’s an understatement that Bell’s arrival will benefit them.
The 1-2-1 Steelers will face the 1-3 Atlanta Falcons Sunday at Heinz Field.
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