The Pittsburgh Steelers' situation with Le'Veon Bell has not resolved itself. Why? Well, first of all, the superstar running back still hasn't signed his franchise tender.


And he may not do so at all.


The "deadline" that he allegedly gave has come and gone without showing up at practice for the Steelers. The clock is continuing to tick with Week 1 now upon us. The real problem isn't just his absence, however. It's whether or not he plans on showing up at all.


Right now, there's no reason to think that Bell will be going back to Pittsburgh, as he could just be looking to be traded.

This should've been figured out earlier. There's just no other way about it.


His teammate claims he'll be at practice Wednesday, but we've already heard something along those lines before. Bell has been adamant that he wants a rich long-term deal from the team, but they've been just as adamant that they won't do so at the price he has in mind. 


It seems as if the Steelers are committed to getting the most out of Bell this year even if he'll be gone in 2019, but why should he want that? They're going to run him into the ground and target him nonstop with no care for his future. That's going to hurt his value, which is why he could be sitting out until he's dealt rather than acquiescing to the franchise tag. 

Another thing one must consider is another star who sat out instead of playing through his deal. Khalil Mack said he wanted to be traded or paid, and  he was then sent to Chicago to get his money. This is just speculation, but Bell could have seen how this worked out for Mack and changed his mind about returning.


Bell will be on the field somewhere this season. But serious questions still remain about when that will happen, and where.