Le'Veon Bell reports to Steelers on Friday

Arnold Nichols
September 2, 2017

When asked, Lauten did not say whether Bell had signed his $12.12 million franchise tag tender - only that the running back is expected to be with the team Monday. Bell finally ended his holdout on September 1, just as he promised a couple weeks ago, reporting to the team Friday morning to sign his franchise tender, according to NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala.

The former Michigan State running back held out of the preseason in hopes of getting a long-term extension with the Steelers. Don't think running back Le'Veon Bell hasn't noticed.

Bell hasn't signed his franchise tender and has been holding out through training camp. He could not be fined for these absences because he had not signed the tender, nor could he negotiate for a longer or higher paying deal this season. At 26, he'll be scheduled to hit the market.

Bell, who averaged 157 yards from scrimmage per game last season, third best for a running back in National Football League history, stayed away for the month of August while not under contract.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported in July that Bell turned down a multi-year deal that averaged more than $12 million per season, with $30 million over the first two seasons.

The contract issues are for another day.

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