Tomlin on if RB Bell doesn't show: 'So be it'

Tomlin on if RB Bell doesn't show: 'So be it'

But if Bell wants to get the contract he's looking for, there's a pretty good chance that's what he'll have to settle for.

"I have no reaction", Tomlin said Tuesday. He'll be healthy, 27 years old, and ready to sign the biggest contract of his career.

When it came to playing, Le'Veon Bell opted for pickup basketball over professional football.

A three-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro, Bell is the first player to sit out an entire season on the franchise tag since Washington Redskins defensive lineman Sean Gilbert in 1997.

The Steelers won't franchise tag him again, because a third tag would cost more than $25 million. If he signed a lucrative deal elsewhere, the Steelers would receive a midround compensatory draft pick. Coach Mike Tomlin says the AFC North-leading Steelers (6-2-1) have not heard from Bell.

Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers avoids a tackle by C.J. Mosley #57 of the Baltimore Ravens as he runs into the end zone after a catch for a 20 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game at Heinz Field on December 10, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Teammates once imagined the possibilities with an All-Pro tailback and an emerging weapon working together. Bell's replacement, James Conner, ranks second in the National Football League with 1,158 yards from scrimmage and has reached the endzone 11 times. "When you go cheap, you get your ass kicked". One veteran player told ESPN anonymously: "He f--ed us".

"It's tough for me to give good perspective", Gordon said.

Bell, who will turn 27 in February, had been training in South Florida and in July tweeted this season would be his "best to date". In the offseason, the Steelers will consider using a $14.5 million transition tag, which allows them to match any outside offer for Bell or let him walk in free agency.

The wideout, who now has two touchdowns and 477 yards as a Patriot, said the team knew Nashville would prove a test. Everyone is waiting to see if Bell will return to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Tuesday.

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