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We Will Soon Know If Bell Is Playing In 2018 But The Drama Is Far From Over

The running back has until 4 p.m. Tuesday to sign with the Steelers

November 12, 2018 - 12:56 pm

By Tuesday at 4 p.m. we will finally have a definitive answer on if running back Le’Veon Bell will be with the Steelers but nothing has been definite with Bell this season.

When the Steelers slapped another Franchise tag on him back in March, fans and the media expected to see Bell by the beginning of week one. That deadline came and went, as did every other expected Bell appearance to the Steelers headquarters.

The first few weeks of the season went by with no sign of Bell and then a report game out that he would report to the team during week 7. Well, the bye week came and went, no Bell and the week leading up the Browns game came and went, still no Bell.

Now, there are multiple reports out that Bell does not plan to sign his Franchise Tag by the 4 p.m. Tuesday deadline, thus making him ineligible to play this season.

All signs pointed to Bell signing that tag though. He tweeted last Monday “(Farewell) Miami” and then he was confirmed to be in Pittsburgh with fans spotting him at a North Hills fitness facility playing pickup basketball.

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So there are a few questions here. Will the reports be wrong like they have been all season and Bell DOES show up to sign his tender or will he walk away from the money and not play in 2018?

So while will know if Bell is playing or not, the drama will not end at 4 p.m. Tuesday. If he does sign the questions will be numerous: How do they work Bell into the came with Conner, who is the starter, how many games will it take Bell to get back into football shape?

If he doesn’t sign, the questions will be do the Steelers let him go completely, slap the franchise tag on him again (highly unlikely)  or will they put a transition tag on him? Honestly, not many people know what could come next.

While Steelers fans will have a definite answer if he is playing or not, the drama is sure to continue.

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