Pittsburgh Steelers training camp got underway Thursday with one particularly notable absence.
Still yet to sign his franchise tag after the two sides failed to reach a long-term agreement ahead of this month’s deadline, Le’Veon Bell was not in attendance on report day, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.
It’s likely only a matter of time before Bell signs his tender for a fully-guaranteed $12.2 million, easily making him the NFL’s highest-paid running back this year. Negotiations for a multi-year solution can resume at the end of the season, and such a deal will presumably be a priority for both player and team.
But given that an unsigned player can’t be subject to any sort of holdout fines, the star running back will evidently take his time before showing up for summer workouts.
Another year in line with his past production would give Bell all the more leverage for the kind of lucrative payday he desires.
The 25-year-old reaffirmed his status as the ultimate offensive weapon in 12 games last season, taking 261 carries for 1,268 rushing yards, adding 75 receptions for 616 yards, and tallying nine total touchdowns.
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