Le'Veon Bell Posts A Pair Of Cryptic Tweets As Deadline Looms

Le'Veon Bell Posts A Pair Of Cryptic Tweets As Deadline Looms

Le'Veon Bell Posts A Pair Of Cryptic Tweets As Deadline Looms

Pittsburgh will continue to be without the services of star running back Le'Veon Bell, but will look to continue leaning on breakout star James Conner.

On Wednesday night, Bell posted two messages on his Twitter account in upside-down text, saying in part that he is "not apologizing" for his holdout.

Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing. & that's clearly on them.

Bell was rumored to be close to returning to the Steelers prior to the meeting with the Steelers after he tweeted that he's leaving Miami and was spotted playing pickup basketball in Pittsburgh. The gym's general manager confirmed to KDKA-TV that Bell was at the facility.

Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 on the season and sit first in the AFC North, while Bell's replacement, James Conner, sits second in the National Football League in rushing yards.

This makes it all the more likely that Bell will just refuse to report by next Tuesday's deadline, in the hopes of finding a richer deal in the offseason.

The drama comes ahead of a Tuesday deadline that could define Bell's immediate, and perhaps long-term, future.

What that would mean is that in order to tag him next year as a franchise player, the Steelers would have to commit to paying Bell $25 million in guaranteed money.

He played under a franchise tag in 2017, earning $12.12 million after turning down a five-year, $13.3-million-per offer.

Bell does not have to report to the Steelers by a certain date to get an accrued season to become eligible for free agency, contrary to what ESPN and others previously reported.

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