Le'Veon Bell not reporting to Steelers, sitting out season

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Le'Veon Bell has officially left $14.5 million on the table.

Tuesday was the deadline for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell to report to the team and sign his franchise tender in order to be eligible to play in 2018, and that will not be happening.

With the legitimate chances of Bell leaving Pittsburgh for good next year, one sportsbook (BetOnline.ag) has released odds for his next possible employer. That's when he has to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers or lose his eligibility for the season.

Now the player who would frequently place his hand on the back of an offensive lineman while waiting for a hole to open - much as a child sticking close to a parent in a crowded store - finds himself all alone in uncharted territory.

"I understand that business is an element of the game of football", Tomlin said.

The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second time this past off-season, but the 26-year-old has made a decision to sit out the year and wait for a long-term contract rather than play under the tag, which would have paid him $14.5 million this season.

"I have no reaction", Tomlin said Tuesday. Coach Mike Tomlin says the AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2-1) have not heard from Bell.

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Bell had been selected to the Pro Bowl three times and was named a first-team All-Pro twice, including in 2017, when he rushed for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards. "That way I don't waste my time and theirs".

Bell's replacement, James Conner, is third in the National Football League in rushing yards (771) and rushing touchdowns (10).

A reporter followed up asking what happens if he never walks back through the door.

In his absence, the Steelers have won five straight games heading to Jacksonville on Sunday.

Rocky franchise-tag negotiations created distance between Bell and the Steelers.

It's as close to breaking a sweat with the Steelers as Bell will get.

Up until late last week, the Steelers were bracing for the return of Bell, who played basketball at a local LA Fitness last week.

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