Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still hasn't reported to the team. He was expected to show up today, which is what he did last year before playing in the season opener. At this point, we still don't expect Bell to sit out games -- but it'll be time to worry if he's still away when practice really ramps up on Wednesday. RB James Conner would serve as Pittsburgh's lead back sans Bell and should be rostered in all fantasy leagues.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Jets have reached agreement with RB Le'Veon Bell. That positions him in a backfield with Elijah McGuire as the lead incumbent. Bell, of course, is coming off a full year away from football, so we'll have to track his progress in his return this offseason. He joins a Jets team, however, that is spending liberally on both offense and defense in free agency. Bell will make for a risky pick inside the 1st round of fantasy football drafts, given that we don't know how good the Jets offense can be or what kind of target share Bell can expect. But he obviously carries as much upside as just about any player at the position. Bell's arrival gives another boost to QB Sam Darnold's 2nd-year outlook.
Update: Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport report it's a 4-year deal worth $52.5 million in total money.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell did not report by today's 4 pm ET deadline and will not play this season. So ends the 2018 Bell saga. He ends up missing the entire campaign and forfeiting $14.5 million. The Steelers would owe Bell about $25 million if they franchise-tag him again next season, so he's fully expected to hit free agency in March. James Conner will serve as Pittsburgh's feature back the rest of this year.
Citing league sources, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that RB Le’Veon Bell is expected to continue his holdout through the 2018 season. Bell will be officially unable to return this year if he fails to report to the team by Tuesday at 4pm. If you had plans to try and acquire Bell at a discount, turn your attention elsewhere. Meanwhile, James Conner will return to a workhorse role once he clears the concussion protocol.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the team as of Wednesday morning, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It looks like Bell will sit out another game. Remember that he only needs to show for the final 6 games to accrue a year of service and hit free agency this offseason, so it makes sense for him to hold out until Week 12.
Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell has yet to report to the team as of Monday morning, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He was expected to show up during last week's bye. CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reported Sunday morning that it's now "more likely" Bell doesn't report until Week 9. For now, proceed as if James Conner will get at least 1 more game as Pittsburgh's feature back.
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