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

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The Pittsburgh Steelers running back played basketball at an L.A. Fitness club in North Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, a manager with L.A. Fitness confirmed to ESPN.

Per NFL rules, Bell must report to the Steelers by Tuesday or forfeit the whole season, as well as be subject to another franchise tag in 2019. If that situation were to happen and Bell was under the non-exclusive tag, the Steelers would receive two first-round picks for losing Bell. Bell remains absent from the team, though it was believed he would join the team following its upcoming game against Carolina. Bell has failed to sign his $14.5 million franchise tender while preserving his long-term health for a future lucrative contract.

There have mixed reports dating back to the preseason on when Bell would report to the team, with an expectation he would return to the team during their Week 7 bye.

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Another option for Pittsburgh if it wanted to place a third tag on Bell would be the transition tag. Teams can use the franchise tag on players up to three times, and it has been widely reported that this year will only count as one of those three if Bell reports and signs the tender. As a result, a third franchise tag from the Steelers would cost the team around $25 million.

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

If he plays games this year, the Steelers could try to prove Bell's transition tag should be prorated.

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"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life and anxious about what I'm doing. don't judge me off my decisions because maybe this isn't what you'd do", Bell wrote. Don't judge me off my decision because maybe this isn't what you'd do.

If you want the latest on Le'Veon Bell, just jump on his Twitter page - and stand on your head.

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