|Date of Birth:||02/18/1992|
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Le’Veon Bell is planning to sign with the Jets, according to ESPN.
This was the expectation when the negotiating period began, and it became even more likely when Anthony Barr stood New York up on Tuesday morning. All told, though, Bell is reportedly getting just a four-year, $52.5-million deal ($35 million guaranteed), which is certainly much less than what he was anticipating on the open market after forfeiting $14.5 million last year with a big pay day in mind. Still, if Bell—who just turned 27—is the offensive superstar he was before sitting out the 2018 season, this is a huge get for the Jets, and he should make things easier on Sam Darnold and the offense as a whole from both a real-life and fantasy perspective. Individually, Bell will be worth considering in the first round of all formats, as New York will undoubtedly feed him to get their money’s worth. Tevin Coleman and Mark Ingram now shouldn’t take long to find new homes.
The Steelers will not place the transition tag on Le'Veon Bell.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told reporters that the team will not tag Bell this offseason. The franchise tag wasn't going to happen for a third straight year, but there was some thought that the Steelers would place the transition tag on Bell to give them a chance to match any offer and then trade Bell (if he were to sign the tender) to his new team. Instead, it looks like Bell will now hit the open market as an unrestricted free agent, and it'll be interesting to see how much interest he gets after sitting out the entire 2018 season. Bell is obviously looking for a big contract, and he might ultimately go to the team that offers him the most money after he didn't make anything last year.
The Steelers might transition tag Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The transition tag would give Pittsburgh the right to match any offer from other teams for Bell. If Bell is able to get a high enough offer that the Steelers wouldn't want to match, then this probably won't matter too much. The Steelers would get no compensation if they transition tag Bell and he signs with another team without them matching the offer. Despite this report, it's very difficult to see the All-Pro Bell ever playing for Pittsburgh again after he sat out the entire 2018 season because he didn't want to play on the franchise tag for a second straight year.
Le'Veon Bell did not report to the Steelers by the 4:00 PM ET deadline and will not play this season.
The saga is finally over, as the All-Pro running back who seemingly went back and forth on wanting to play and deciding to hold out for his long-term future will officially not play a snap in 2018. Those that spent a high first-round pick on Bell (which happened in virtually every single fantasy league) have certainly been disappointed with zero points from him this season, and James Conner has capitalized on this opportunity to become a force for both the Steelers and fantasy owners. Bell is still very young at just 27 years old in February, but his holdout could potentially cause some teams to be hesitant about signing him to the big-money contract he's looking for this offseason. However, there's going to be a ton of cap space in 2019, so some team might end up throwing a bunch of money at the star running back, who will look to make up the $14.5 million he lost by not playing on the tag in 2018. There's a chance the Steelers transition tag Bell (and then trade him) when the time comes, but there's no way these two sides are going to continue their relationship after this. Bell's Pittsburgh career ends with 1,229 carries, 5,336 rushing yards, 35 rushing touchdowns, 312 receptions, 2,660 receiving yards, and seven receiving touchdowns in five seasons.
Le'Veon Bell is not reporting to the Steelers this week, according to NFL Network.
This isn't a surprise considering Bell did not report to the team today despite earlier reports stating he would arrive in this Week 7-8 timeframe. Until he actually reports to the team, the Bell situation isn't even worth considering. James Conner is leading Pittsburgh's backfield and remains a high-end RB1 option in fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell expects to report to the Steelers during the team's Week 7 bye, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Fowler also says that Bell "definitely plans to play football this season." There was some thought that Bell would not report to the team until after ten games, which would have been the longest possible time he could holdout while retaining his ability to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, but it looks like he'll instead get acclimated during the bye week in a few weeks. The bye is likely to give Bell enough practice time to get ready for a featured role immediately. However, there is still a chance Pittsburgh just decides to trade Bell before the trade deadline. For now, expect James Conner to carry the load for the Steelers the next two weeks against the Falcons and Bengals, with Bell returning to the lineup in Week 8 against the Browns.
The Steelers are listening to trade offers for Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
It's felt like things were headed in this direction for a while, but it's still a surprise. After Bell surprisingly didn't report to the team before the season while his agent indicated he would likely sit out through Week 10, things became worse, with some of Bell's teammates publicly criticizing the All-Pro. The Steelers then went from removing Bell from the depth chart to removing him from the roster list entirely. It's unclear who might be interested in acquiring Bell via a trade, if anyone, but there's probably a chance Pittsburgh just releases their star running back if they are unable to trade him. James Conner remains locked in as the top back for the Steelers, and he might remain as such for a while.
Le'Veon Bell remains away from the team, according to multiple reports.
There was no reason to think anything else would happen, as Bell appears poised to stay away from the team until it's necessary for him to return in Week 11 so he can become a free agent this offseason. The Steelers don't seem to be sweating Bell's absence, as they removed him from the depth chart entirely this week after previously having him listed as the starter with an asterisk. James Conner, who totaled 192 yards and two touchdowns in Week 1 against the Browns, will remain the starter and a great fantasy RB1 for as long as Bell is out.
Le'Veon Bell did not report to the team ahead of Week 1.
Multiple reports say Bell will not be reporting to the team ahead of the 4:00 PM ET deadline, and the Steelers have already departed for their game tomorrow in Cleveland. Bell is willing to miss at least one game, so there's really no reason to think he isn't willing to miss a lot more. For every game Bell misses, he'll be forfeiting a game check for over $850,000, so he obviously believes he can make up some of this missed money by becoming an unrestricted free agent after the season. Fantasy owners need to prepare to be without Bell until Week 11, which is when he must report to remain eligible for 2019 free agency. Second-year back James Conner has the confidence of the coaching staff and is an excellent fantasy option until Bell returns.
Le'Veon Bell's agent hints that his client does not want a heavy workload this season and/or might not report to the team for a while.
Adita Bakari, Bell's agent, went on SiriusXM NFL Radio and he hinted very strongly that the All-Pro running back might not show up to the Steelers for some time. You should listen to the full audio in the link below for yourself, but Bakari said: "You're [Steelers GM] Kevin Colbert, you're [Steelers head coach] Mike Tomlin, and you possible have a once-in-a-generation player for one more season: What would your plan be?" When pressed on the issue, Bakari said you can read between the lines on it, and the Bakari backpedaled on his statement from earlier this year when he said Bell was planning on doing the same thing as last year (show up ahead of Week 1). Basically, Bell doesn't want to be run into the ground before he can get his huge multi-year payday as an unrestricted free agent. However, there's nothing Bell can do with his contract except sign the franchise tender, and he still isn't with the team with Week 1 preparations well under way. Things could change, but fantasy owners should probably treat their star player as being out indefinitely. It's possible Bell doesn't show up until after ten games, which he must do to have this season count towards him becoming a free agent in 2019.
Le'Veon Bell remains away from the Steelers.
Pittsburgh has essentially made it clear for a while that they aren't too worried about their All-Pro running back until he reports to the team, and they've made it clear—coaches and players—this week leading up to Week 1 that second-year back James Conner can get the job done. Today was considered the first official practice of the week, and Bell was not there, so everyone is expecting Conner to start against the Browns. Even if Bell reports later today, tomorrow, or Friday, there's a chance he doesn't even suit up for the opener. If you're holding your fantasy draft tonight ahead of tomorrow's NFL Kickoff Game, you should probably knock Bell down a few notches on your draft board, especially with so many good options at the top of drafts.
Le'Veon Bell has not yet rejoined the Steelers.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert just put out a statement saying that the team is disappointed in their All-Pro running back not signing his franchise tender and returning to the team. Bell has previously indicated that he won't skip games this season, but it's still concerning that he hasn't rejoined the team with the season opener less than a week away. As each day passes, it'll be less likely that Bell has a heavy workload in Week 1, and it has to be considered that Bell might play at all in Week 1. For those drafting tonight, it might be wise to go with one of the other top players on the board at the top of fantasy drafts if you are stuck between a few guys including Bell.
Le'Veon Bell will not participate in training camp "barring something exceptional," according to his agent Adisa Bakari.
Bakari was asked whether Bell will take the same approach as last year (when he reported to the team a few days before the start of the regular season), and he confirmed that would be the case. Of course, that shouldn't impact fantasy owners much because the 26-year-old stays in shape as well as anyone through his own training, and last season, he totaled 1,946 yards and 11 touchdowns after sitting out the preseason and training camp. The notable part of his agent's comment is "barring something exceptional," as a trade is all we can think of since the two sides are no longer able to agree to a long-term deal. The most likely scenario remains Bell playing out the 2018 season before hitting free agency in 2019.
The Steelers and Le’Veon Bell did not agree to a long-term deal before the 4 PM ET deadline.
Bell will now play the 2018 season on the franchise tag—his second straight year playing on the tag. The All-Pro running back will make an NFL-high $14.5 million for his position, which will equate to $26.2 million earned over two seasons. If Bell is tagged next season, he’d be paid another $20+ million, but that’s a long way away and might be unlikely. Now, Bell is very likely to sit out all of training camp and the preseason like he did last season, but it would be a surprise if he holds out into the regular season. Expect Bell to report to the Steelers a handful of days before their September 9 regular season opener versus the Browns. Because he keeps himself in extraordinary shape, Bell missing the entire preseason isn’t a big concern; however, it could be the tie-breaker if you’re stuck between a few guys atop fantasy drafts.
Le'Veon Bell expresses optimism about his contract.
On The Top 100 Players of 2018 Reactions show on NFL Network, Bell said he hopes to have a deal before training camp so he can report on time. Bell said: "We're working on it. We're a lot closer than we were last year at this time... I got confidence we'll get it done. I want do do it." The All-Pro running back said earlier this offseason that negotiations were going better than last year, but then they seemingly got a bit more contentious. Ultimately, it might be best for both sides for Bell to get long-term security at what should be a huge contract, while the Steelers would get one of their best players in camp on time. The two sides have a few more weeks to come to an agreement before the deadline for franchise players to sign a long-term deal.
Le'Veon Bell does not plan to attend OTAs, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
This was 100% expected. If he and the Steelers don't agree to a long-term deal by the July 16 deadline, Bell is very likely to do the same exact thing he did last year and hold out all summer before reporting to the team ahead of Week 1. Ideally, Bell would be in training camp, but we'll see what happens.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert indicates the team isn't negotiating with Le'Veon Bell right now.
Colbert is speaking at the NFL Annual League Meeting and says they still want to get a long-term deal done with their All-Pro running back, but that they are focused on free agency and the draft now. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tag, and he might not anytime soon. Colbert says he hopes Bell is at training camp with the team, but it appears the most likely scenario at the moment is Bell skipping training camp and showing up before the start of the regular season like he did in 2017. Despite some optimism expressed by both sides, the Steelers and Bell might both be dug-in enough that no long-term deal gets done this year.
Le'Veon Bell says he won't miss any games this season even if he is on the franchise tag.
Despite telling ESPN on Monday that he might retire or not show up to the team until Week 10 if forced to play on the franchise tag again, Bell had a Q&A with fans on Instagram Live last night and said he will do the same thing as last season if he doesn't agree to a long-term deal with the Steelers: He won't show up to offseason training or training camp and will instead show up to the facility ahead of Week 1. Last season, Bell had a slow start for his standards (and had only ten carries in Week 1), but once he got going he was his usual self despite missing all of training camp. The All-Pro takes care of his body better than most athletes, and reporting in shape wouldn't be a big concern—though obviously, it would be better if he was with the team throughout the summer. This all won't matter if the two sides agree to a long-term deal, but that's up in the air at this point.
The Steelers have officially placed the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell, according to multiple reports.
This is the least bit surprising, as the two sides could not agree to a long-term deal by today’s deadline, but the Steelers don’t want to allow Bell to hit free agency. The All-Pro running back is now set to make $14.5 million in 2018, and he’ll have to play on the tag if the two sides don’t reach a long-term agreement by July 16. Ultimately, Bell might decide to take the same path his college teammate Kirk Cousins did with the Redskins and not settle for any contract, instead opting to play on the franchise tag and make a bunch of guaranteed money before eventually hitting free agency. Bell has made it clear he now wants at least $14.5 million per year on any long-term deal, which the Steelers might not want to do. While a trade appears unlikely, Bell is probably going to sit out all of training camp again—if not longer—assuming the two sides don’t strike a long-term deal. Bell, who has hinted retirement, has indicated sitting out until Week 10 is not out of the question, as reporting to the team at that time would mean an accrued season toward free agency.
Le'Veon Bell tells ESPN he's not bluffing about retirement if the Steelers tag him again.
With the Steelers set to franchise Bell for a second straight year ahead of the Tuesday 4:00 PM ET deadline, Bell spoke to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler and said he won't play for a contract less than $14.5 million per year, which is what the 2018 franchise tag will give him. If he is indeed tagged, which is set to happen if the two sides do not agree to a long-term deal, Bell says he isn't sure what would happen but that he would likely skip training camp again. The All-Pro running back made it clear he isn't going to settle for anything less than what he feels he's worth to the Steelers, and while he says negotiations are better than last season, it wouldn't be surprising if both sides dig in and again don't get a long-term deal get done this year.
Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told Le'Veon Bell they want him in Pittsburgh for the remainder of his career.
Colbert said the franchise tag is an option, but "our goal is to have something done on a long-term basis." The bottom line from this is that Bell will not be playing anywhere else in 2018, as the Steelers are going to franchise him for a second straight year if they can't agree to a long-term deal by March 6—the deadline to use the franchise tag for 2018. If the Steelers do franchise Bell again, they'll have until July 16 to agree to a long-term deal before he would have to play the season on the tag. Something should get done, and it's possible it happens in the next few weeks before they would have to franchise Bell.
Le'Veon Bell is "confident" a deal will get done with the Steelers.
Bell was on SiriusXM NFL Radio at the Super Bowl, and he said he wants to be the highest paid running back in NFL history. Adrian Peterson signed a $100 million contract back in 2011, which paid him around $14.3 million/year. It's unclear if Bell wants just the average to be around $15 million or if he wants to have a long-term deal that could pay him into nine figures like Peterson received from the Vikings. On NFL Network, Bell indicated it's about the guaranteed money and said he would sign for $50 million guaranteed, so it looks like it'll come down to how many the years Pittsburgh is willing to commit guaranteed money to their star back. The good news is there still seems to be a lot more optimism than there was at this time last year, so hopefully a deal between Bell and the Steelers can get done.
Le'Veon Bell says he's in a "good spot" with the Steelers regarding contract discussions.
There seems to more optimism than there's been in the last two years surrounding Bell and his team, as the star running back says they've been negotiating since the season ended. Also, Bell told reporters he was late to the walkthrough before the AFC Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars because of "personal reasons" and the coaches were aware that would be the case. Bell also said they are "a lot further" along in their negotiations than at this point last year, and it looks like the two sides might be able to strike a long-term deal. It's probably safe to say neither side wants to use the franchise tag again, as it could turn into an ugly situation with another almost-certain holdout at least throughout training camp.
Le'Veon Bell reportedly didn't show up for walk-through before the Divisional Round.
According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Bell showed up "about five minutes before practice ended" the day before last Sunday's loss to the Jaguars. Bouchette also reports Bell arrived "much later" than the two hours before game-time head coach Mike Tomlin wants his players showing up for. During the week leading up to the playoff game versus Jacksonville, Bell did say he wouldn't play under the franchise tag again next season before the Steelers apparently put out a report that they indeed planned to franchise their star running back again. Dating back to negotiations last year, things didn't seem to be going well at all between the two sides, and it looks like we are headed for tense negotiations again this offseason. Bell should be back with the Steelers, but it's no lock. And if this report is to be believed, Bell might really be over the Steelers if they don't meet his contract demands.
Le'Veon Bell scores twice in Steelers' playoff loss.
The Jaguars didn't want to allow Bell to beat them on the ground, but he still had a solid game running the football and did his usual damage as a receiver. Bell had 16 carries for 67 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown along with nine receptions for 88 receiving yards and one receiving touchdown. The receiving score was on a wheel route where Bell made a great catch in tight coverage. And the rushing score was on a lateral by Ben Roethlisberger after he crossed the line of scrimmage. Now things will get really interesting this offseason, as Bell has indicated he isn't going to play on the franchise tag again, while the Steelers are reportedly set to franchise him again if the two sides can't agree on a long-term deal. Whatever happens, Bell will be high first-round selection in all fantasy drafts this summer (unless of course he really does sit out in the event of a franchise tag for the second straight year).
Le'Veon Bell indicates he will not play in 2018 under the franchise tag.
Really, this is a situation that shouldn't even be talked about right now, as the media should not have asked Bell this question ahead of his team's biggest game of the season. But they did, and Bell answered truthfully instead of lying or ignoring the question, stating that he isn't going to "settle for anything." The All-Pro running back says he might sit out if he is franchise tagged, at which point he'd probably just retire if he doesn't play in 2018. Later, Bell went to Twitter to clarify that he's focused on helping the team win a Super Bowl and is not currently worried about what happens after this season. This is a non-concern heading into the playoffs.
Le’Veon Bell is officially inactive for Week 17.
Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert let the news slip earlier this week, and now it’s official. Bell’s stellar regular season ends with 321 carries for 1,291 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns along with 85 receptions for 655 receiving yards and two receiving touchdowns. Those that spent a top-three selection in fantasy drafts on Bell must be happy with the results, but they’ll have to go in another direction for the final week of the regular season. We’ll see a fresh Bell in the Divisional Round of the playoffs a couple weekends from now.
Le'Veon Bell is reportedly not playing in Week 17.
Steelers offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert spilled the beans when he told Tribune-Review Sports' Tim Benz that Bell and Ben Roethilsberger won't be playing against the Browns on Sunday. Obviously, this is a huge risk on the Steelers' part, as a win against Cleveland paired with a New England loss to the Jets would mean the Steelers are the top seed in the AFC. Perhaps head coach Mike Tomlin thinks they can beat the Browns without Bell and Roethilsberger anyway, but this is still la surprise. Fantasy owners will need to make other plans for Week 17, and Stevan Ridley could be thrown in there for a good amount of touches if the team wants to get him some more game reps heading into the postseason.
Le'Veon Bell scores in Christmas Day win over the Texans.
The Steelers didn't run the ball with Bell as much as usual in this one, but he still had a fine performance both through the air and on the ground. Bell had 14 rushing attempts for 69 yards and a touchdown along with five receptions (on a team-high eight targets) for 28 yards. The Steelers have something to play for in Week 17, so you can safely insert Bell into fantasy lineups as an RB1.
Le'Veon Bell handles 29 touches in thrilling loss to New England.
Bell rushed 24 times for 117 yards and a touchdown, adding five receptions for 48 yards. Unfortunately, Big Ben threw an interception trying to get the win instead of throwing it out of bounds and playing for overtime, and the Patriots will probably have home-field advantage in the postseason because of it. Bell should be featured on Christmas Day against the Texans, and he will be the top option for the fantasy championship.
Le’Veon Bell scores three touchdowns in Steelers’ win.
Bell had another outstanding all-purpose game to help the Steelers clinch the AFC North. He carried 13 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns along with nine receptions (on ten targets) for 77 yards and a touchdown through the air. All the touchdowns came deep in scoring territory and were huge in the one-point victory. Next week against New England, it’s possible the Patriots try to take Bell out of the game and force other players to beat them. However, he’s simply too good to keep out of fantasy lineups and could still have a monster game.
Le'Veon Bell returns against Baltimore.
Thankfully the hit he took earlier in the second quarter looks like nothing more than a hyperextension. Bell is back in there for a two-minute drill as the Steelers attempt to add some more points before halftime.
Le'Veon Bell leaves game with apparent knee injury.
Bell took a big hit directly to his planted leg and his knee straightened out/hyperextended in the second quarter against the Ravens. He did limp off the field under his own power, but it still has the looks of a potentially serious injury. Hopefully it's just a hypertension and Bell can get back out there quickly, but we'll update you as more information becomes available.
Le'Veon Bell goes off in Steelers' Monday night win.
Bell had yet another excellent game for the Steelers, and he scored for what was actually the first time since Week 8. Bell had 18 carries for 76 yards and five receptions (on six targets) for a team-high 106 yards and a touchdown in the win. The score came on a pass in the flat that Bell took up the sideline and past Bengals cornerback William Jackson, who appeared to think Bell was headed out of bounds, for 35 yards. Bell had 35 carries for 144 yards and two touchdowns in his first matchup against his next opponent, the Ravens, and you should feel confident putting him in your fantasy lineup (as always).
Le'Veon Bell handles 32 touches in 31-28 win over the Packers.
Bell rushed 20 times for 95 yards and caught 12 passes for 88 yards. Fantasy owners were probably angry about Pittsburgh throwing it for a touchdown twice on the one-yard line, but Bell benefitted from short passes all night with Antonio Brown getting plenty of attention over-the-top from Green Bay. Le'Veon did lose a fumble, but hopefully that didn't cost anyone a potential playoff berth. He will be a top-end option against the Bengals in Week 13.
Le'Veon Bell gets 21 touches against the Titans.
The Steelers didn't want to give Bell too heavy of a workload on a short week, but he still handled a solid 21 touches in the Thursday night win, carrying 12 times for 46 yards while also catching nine passes for 57 yards. It looked like Bell got into the end zone on a rush in the second half, but he was down literally just before the goal line and had it overturned—then the Steelers had a great call on a play-action fake and Ben Roethlisberger tossed a touchdown to a wide-open Jesse James. While fantasy owners were probably angry when that happened, it was still another fine game for Bell.
Le'Veon Bell handles 31 touches in 20-17 win over the Colts.
Bell rushed 26 times for 80 yards, adding five receptions for 32 yards. Indianapolis came out and played hard, particularly against the run, and Bell couldn't get going against them. He should bounce back on a short week as the Steelers host the Titans on Thursday night. As always, he's a high-end RB1.
Le'Veon Bell sees 27 touches in Week 8 win.
Bell rushed 25 times for 76 yards and a touchdown, but he was held to five yards on two receptions and also lost a fumble, as Detroit did a nice job against the superstar back. At the season's midway point, Bell is on pace for 1,520 rushing yards and ten rushing touchdowns with another 438 yards and 70 catches through the air, but he's averaging just 3.91 yards per carry and 6.26 yards per reception. Still, we'd expect him to be more efficient after the bye week, and he's obviously an elite RB1 down the stretch.
Le'Veon Bell gets 38 touches against the Bengals.
This makes three of the last four games that Bell has had at least 35 touches, which is unrivaled volume in the league right now. Bell carried 35 times for 134 yards while adding three receptions for 58 yards in the Steelers' win. He's only averaging 4.0 yards per carry this season, but Bell continues to rack up a ton of yardage each week with his extreme usage. Bell is obviously one of the top fantasy options each and every week, and it should be no different against the Lions next Sunday night.
Le'Veon Bell dominates in win over the Chiefs.
Bell handled 35 touches, rushing 32 times for 179 yards and catching three passes for 12 yards. He was able to score once with a three-yard run in the second quarter. This is the game plan the Steelers should go to almost every week, as they are at their best when Bell gets fed to set up the passing game. Le'Veon is a high-end RB1 heading into next Sunday's matchup with the rival Bengals.
Le'Veon Bell handles 25 touches in Week 5 loss to the Jags.
Bell rushed 15 times for 47 yards and caught 10 passes for 46 yards, and he was held out of the end zone. Pittsburgh should have ran the ball more in what turned out to be a 30-9 loss, but it's another concerning game for their offense and superstar running back. Bell is averaging fewer than 4.0 yards per touch through five games, which is shocking. He remains a high-end RB1 play, but he isn't the same with Big Ben struggling. Maybe he'll go off against the Chiefs on Sunday.
Le'Veon Bell finally explodes in Steelers' win.
Bell rushed 35 times for 144 yards and two touchdowns and caught four passes for 42 yards. It was a monster game that fantasy owners have become accustomed to over the past few years, as Le'Veon handled 88.7% of the running back touches for Pittsburgh. He's still just averaging 3.7 yards per carry, but Bell is now on pace for 1,296 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. The superstar back should increase his 392-yard receiving pace. He's a high-end RB1 for Week 5 against Jacksonville.
Le'Veon Bell finds the end zone, but is held in check again as the Steelers lose to the Bears.
Bell rushed 15 times for 61 yards, including a one-yard score. He also caught six passes for 37 yards. The superstar back is averaging just 3.5 yards per carry so far this season, and things won't be any easier with a trip to Baltimore in Week 4. Still, while he might not be the top option at the position, he's an obvious high-end RB1 play.
Le'Veon Bell gets 31 touches in Week 2.
The Vikings did a real nice job limiting Bell, as he was only able to gain 87 yards on his 27 carries while only gaining four yards on his four receptions. Bell did have a goal line opportunity, but the Vikings plugged up the running lanes all day. Bell will try to get loose and have a big breakout game against a tough Bears front seven in Week 3.
Le'Veon Bell sees just 13 touches in 2017 debut.
After sitting out training camp and the preseason, Bell was not fed like many expected in the first game of the season. He rushed 10 times for 32 yards and caught three passes for 15 yards. The superstar back should see an increase of work next week against the Vikings. He's probably the clear-cut top option at RB with David Johnson (wrist) out an indefinite period of time.
Le'Veon Bell says he's ready for whatever workload the Steelers give him this week.
Despite missing the entire preseason, Bell says he's been training hard and will be ready for whatever the team wants from him, whether it's "30 carries" or "10 carries." It'll probably be close to or exceeding 30, and Bell is locked in as an elite RB1 for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Le'Veon Bell officially signs his franchise tender.
The Steelers have a two-week roster exemption to keep Bell on the roster, meaning they will have to cut someone for Bell to be active on game day. There isn't much concern or doubt about Bell being out there Week 1, despite missing the entire preseason while holding out. Bell will make $12.1 million this season before things get really interesting in 2018. Look for the Steelers to feed Bell a ton of touches this season, as it's possible 2017 is his last in Pittsburgh.
Le'Veon Bell reports to the Steelers.
Just as he said he would, Bell reported on September first—right after the conclusion of the preseason. Bell has no doubt kept himself in great shape, but now he'll get back to work with his team in preparation for Week 1 versus the Browns. Ideally, he would've been there in training camp, but—given his upside—Bell is still a top-two running back selection along with David Johnson. The Steelers aren't going to be afraid to give Bell the ball a ton this year, especially if it's his final season in Pittsburgh, so he might lead the league in touches in 2017.
Le'Veon Bell says on Twitter that he will report to the Steelers on the first day of September.
Bell responded to a new fantasy football player asking when he will return to the team by replying, "9-1-17." That would give him less than 10 days to get ready for Week 1 of the regular season and the Cleveland Browns, but it isn't really a concern for arguably the best running back in the league. Bell should be a top-three fantasy pick in all formats.
Le'Veon Bell's agent disputes the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette report that his client and the Steelers had an agreement on a contract in July.
Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, said that "all stories to the contrary are false" in regards to the two sides having an agreement. Because Bell is not budging on his $15 million annual salary desires and the Steelers aren't happy that he isn't in camp, this has been an ugly holdout that could affect future negotiations. Le'Veon is fully expected to be back before the regular season, but this could very well be his final year with Pittsburgh. He should still be a top-three fantasy pick in 2017.
Le'Veon Bell nixed a five-year deal just before the July 17 NFL deadline, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Bouchette reports the Steelers thought they had a deal with Bell for more than $12 million per year, but Bell himself turned down the offer. Bouchette also reports he was told Bell wants $15 million per year, and also cites one of Bell's rap songs "Focus" in which Bell says "I need 15 a year and they know this." Considering Falcons running back Devonta Freeman just became the highest paid running back in the NFL at just over $8 million per year, Bell might have trouble getting $15 million from the Steelers. If this is believed to be true, it would not be surprising at all 2017 is Bell's final season in Pittsburgh. It's also worth noting the Steelers don't appear very happy with Bell not reporting to training camp yet.
Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell will report to the team before the regular season, according to Adam Schefter.
This is the least bit surprising, but it's worth forwarding. Schefter does also say "it remains unclear exactly when" Bell will report to the team. At this point, holding out really doesn't do much good for Bell, as if he plays he's going to be playing on the franchise tag this season no matter what (2017 franchise-tagged players can no longer negotiate long-term deals until after the season). Bell is a workout warrior that will report to the team in shape, but it's still concerning he isn't practicing with the Steelers. It'd probably be best for everyone if Bell reported to the team sooner rather than later.
Le'Veon Bell is not at Steelers training camp.
The All-Pro running back has not yet signed his franchise tender and isn't at training camp yet. There was speculation he wasn't going to come, he's officially not there. Teammate Antonio Brown said he's talked to Bell about it and thinks he needs to be there with the team. Bell will do what he believes is best for him, but the team is trying to win a championship and having one of their best players in camp would probably help that cause. The good news is Bell is a notoriously hard worker that will stay in great shape while working out on his own. If you're stuck between Bell and someone else for the first pick in fantasy drafts, the longer Bell stays away, the easier the decision could become.
Le'Veon Bell told Ike Taylor he wants to be paid as a top running back AND a No. 2 receiver.
Ike Taylor, who now works for NFL Network, was a long-time Steelers corner so he has connections with Bell. Being paid as a top running back and as a number two receiver would be—if we had to guess what Bell is thinking—around $15 million per year. The Steelers reportedly did not offer that much, and it sounds like Bell wasn't really close to accepting their offer. Bell is an elite receiving back in addition to his great running ability, and he wants to be paid for both to get what he feels he's worth. Pittsburgh could always franchise tag Bell again next season, but he could be headed elsewhere in 2018 if he hits free agency.
Le’Veon Bell has not signed a long-term deal with the Steelers, will play this season on the franchise tag.
The Steelers couldn’t come to an agreement with their star running back before the 4:00 PM ET deadline. Bell will make $12.1 million on the franchise tag this season, and he could hit the open market in 2018 if the team decides against tagging him again. Playing on the one-year tag has no impact on his fantasy value this season if he does not hold out from trainig camp; however, Bell reportedly had not yet signed his franchise tender, and it is unclear if he will any time soon—a holdout would not be ideal, despite Bell's great work ethic. Bell averaged 157 total yards per game last season and should remain a bellcow for the Steelers offense this season. He’s an easy top-three back and should be drafted as such in fantasy drafts later this summer, but a potential holdout is something to keep an eye on.
Le'Veon Bell is not expected to sign a long-term deal before Monday's deadline, according to Adam Schefter.
Schefter reports that there are "no deals close" for Bell, Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins, or Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson. Bell is the most notable, as Johnson was already reportedly set to play another year on the franchise tag, while Cousins has been expected to do the same. The Steelers might not want to extend Bell to a long-term deal yet, given he has been suspended in the past. But he's one of the best players in the NFL and would have a lot of leverage next offseason if forced to play out 2017 on the franchsie tag. Something could still get done between Bell and the Steelers in this next 24-plus hours.
Le'Veon Bell has not signed his franchise tender.
Bell is reportedly not at mini camp, but because he didn't sign his tender, he's not even allowed to participate anyway. Rookie James Conner will be among the backs that continue to get first team reps with Bell not with the team.
Le'Veon Bell is reportedly not at Steelers mini camp.
Currently franchise tagged, Bell is looking for a long-term deal with the Steelers. Ian Rapoport says "negotiations are ongoing" and Bell might report "if things ramp up." The team and Bell have until July 15 to agree to a long-term deal, or Bell will only be able to play on the franchise tag this season. The Steelers want Bell with the team long term, so something should get done by then.
April Fools? Le'Veon Bell threatens to sit out this season if he has to play under the franchise tag.
Bell tweeted "ppl can say literally whatever they wanna say...but idc, I will LITERALLY sit out the WHOLE YEAR before I decide to play on the tag!" It could be an April Fools joke. If not, it could be an issue. The Steelers and Bell reportedly were having good negotiations, but if Bell really is threatening to sit out the season, that's obviously not good.
UPDATE: It was indeed an April Fools joke, Bell tweeted at midnight right after April 1st ended.
Le'Veon Bell had core muscle surgery, according to Ian Rapoport.
Perhaps this is why he delayed his rap album... Rapoport says the normal recovery time is six weeks for this. Bell will be 100% well before training camp and has to be among the top players selected in all 2017 fantasy drafts.
The Steelers have placed the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell, according to Adam Schefter.
There was no way the Steelers were going to let perhaps their best player become an unrestricted free agent. They will likely try to hammer out a long term deal before the season, but there is no guarantee that happens. Either way, Bell will be with the Steelers in 2017. According to reports, the Steelers placed the exclusive tag on Bell, meaning he cannot negotiate with other teams. A non-exclusive tag would have meant that other teams could negotiate with Bell, but the Steelers could match any offer and if they did not match, the team that signed Bell would have to give the Steelers two first round picks.
While appearing on "Good Morning Football," Le'Veon Bell says might need groin surgery.
Bell said he's seeing a couple doctors to see if "I have to get surgery or not." He said he injured his groin in the Wild Card round against the Dolphins, but played through it until he just couldn't help his team the way he wanted to against the Patriots. A really hard worker, Bell should be 100% by training camp at the very latest, and he will hit the rehab process hard if he does need surgery.
Le'Veon Bell leaves AFC Championship with groin injury.
Bell had six carries for 20 yards before exiting. He left the game early and tried to return, but just couldn't go. Bell didn't play the entire second half. It was not on the injury report, but Bell was battling the injury coming into the game. Despite how great Bell is, it likely didn't make a big difference in a game that was not really close. Next season, Bell has to be among the top three running backs drafted.
Le'Veon Bell gets 30 carries in playoff win over the Chiefs.
Bell had 30 carries for 170 yards and two receptions for -4 yards against Kansas City. As usual, Bell showed off his trademark patience; however, the Chiefs did a better job late in the game against Bell after he gashed them early in the game. Next week, Bell should be a lock for 25+ touches in the AFC Championship versus New England. Bill Belichick may attempt to take Bell out of the game.
Le'Veon Bell sets Steelers' franchise record for rushing yards in a playoff game.
Bell had 29 carries for 167 yards and two touchdowns, with two receptions for seven yards. Both of Bell's touchdowns were short. After Antonio Brown's two early touchdowns, Bell did most of the work for the Steelers against the Dolphins. Bell should get another 25+ touches next weekend against the Chiefs.
Le'Veon Bell not playing for the Steelers against the Browns.
The Steelers are locked into the #3 seed, so they're resting some players. Bell finishes his great season with 261 carries for 1,268 yards, seven touchdowns, and 75 catches for 616 yards and two receiving touchdowns in just 12 games. Anyone that drafted Bell early in fantasy drafts certainly were happy with him when he came off his suspension, despite he not being available for a crucial Week 17 game.
Bell dazzles on Christmas Day as Steelers top Ravens.
The best back in the league rushed 20 times for 122 yards and one touchdown, and added three catches for 15 yards and another score. Bell consistently made defenders miss and showed his all-time great vision against the Ravens and helped Pittsburgh win the AFC North with the 31-27 victory. The Steelers are expected to rest at least some of their players next week, as they are locked into the #3 seed in the AFC; Bell should be one of those players because they cannot afford to lose him. DeAngelo Williams could be a solid option against Cleveland for Week 17.
Le'Veon Bell rushed 23 times for 93 yards and caught five passes for 38 yards in the Steelers' 24-20 win over the Bengals.
Bell didn't find the end zone as the Steelers had to settle for six field goals until their game-winning touchdown, but fantasy owners will take it after he scored 47 fantasy points in Week 14. Le'Veon is the every-week overall RB1 and will be again on Christmas Day against the Ravens.
Le'Veon Bell has monster day in snowy Buffalo.
Bell rushed 38 times for 236 yards and three touchdowns, adding four catches for 62 yards. Pittsburgh continues to feed the best running back in the league and he was simply on a different level yesterday, with defenders unable to bring him down on the snow-covered field. Despite being suspended for the first three weeks of the season, it looks like Bell will finish as a top-three fantasy running back this season. He came into the game eighth before putting up 47 standard-scoring points against the Bills this week. He's the top-option next week against Cincy.
Le'Veon Bell given 35 touches in win.
Bell rushed 29 times for 118 yards and caught six passes for 64 yards. The Steelers fed the best back in the league on their way to a 24-14 win. Bell will be a top-two option for the fantasy playoffs, starting next week against Buffalo.
Bell scores 20 standard fantasy points for third straight week.
Le'Veon had 23 carries for 120 yards and a touchdown. He also added four receptions for 22 yards. Bell looks as good as ever and will be a top-two option against the Giants in Week 13.
Steelers feed Bell with 36 touches on windy day in Cleveland; win 24-9.
Le’Veon rushed 28 times for 146 yards and one touchdown, adding 55 yards on eight catches. With a long of just 12 yards rushing, it would have been nice for Bell to break one, but fantasy owners should never complain about a guy getting almost 40 touches. As if being the best running back in the league wasn’t enough, Bell is the second best wide receiver on the team behind Antonio Brown. He will be the #1 RB option for Week 12 against the Colts on Thanksgiving Night.
Le'Veon Bell totals over 152 yards, two touchdowns against Cowboys.
Bell had 17 carries for 57 yards and a touchdown, with nine catches for 77 yards and a touchdown receiving. Bell has looked as good as ever this season. Along with David Johnson (and maybe Ezekiel Elliott), Bell is the top RB to own in fantasy. Look for another big game for Bell this week against Cleveland.