Could Steelers use franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell again?

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Could Steelers use franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell again?

Reports from earlier in the season suggested Bell needed to sign with the team by November 13 if he wanted to retain his free agent eligibility following the season.

The NFL's collective bargaining agreement is a complicated animal, and apparently even Le'Veon Bell is still learning the ins and outs of it.

13 to report to the team to be eligible to play this season.

Bell, 26, hasn't played in a single game this season after he was hit with the franchise tag for the second year in a row.

Mark Kaboly of The Athletic reports there's a "real possibility" Bell will simply let next Tuesday's deadline to sign the franchise tag pass and sit out the season.

If Bell fails to report, the transition tag would be around $14.5 million, or 120 percent of his $12.1 million franchise tag from 2017, since that's the previous year he played. He can become a free agent in 2019 if the Steelers do not place a third tag on him. A major key difference between the transition tag and the non-exclusive tag though is if Pittsburgh decided not to match a deal after putting Bell on the transition tag it would not get back any sort of compensation. The Steelers aren't going to pay him $25 million, which means their only option in 2019 would be using the transition tag. While there apparently was no meeting between Bell and the Steelers on Wednesday, the three-time Pro Bowl selection did shed some light on his situation with a pair of unorthodox tweets.

He rushed for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns over 15 games in 2017 with the Steelers, his fifth year in Pittsburgh.

We're closing in on now or never territory for Le'Veon Bell in the 2018 National Football League season.

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