This whole saga of the Le'Veon Bell-Pittsburgh Steelers standoff has been strange all along, but it's just getting weirder and more convoluted by the moment.
He's fired off multiple cryptic tweets and was recently spotted working out in Pittsburgh, having left his offseason Miami home.
But even though Bell is in the Steel City, that doesn't mean he'll return to the Steelers. When Bell returned to Pittsburgh, he and his agent were apparently unaware that under the rules of the CBA, Bell does not have to report to the Steelers in order to become a free agent, and furthermore, he could make a whopping $25 million under the tag next season, according to reports.
This is fascinating. Sounds like Le’Veon Bell and his agent did not realize until it was reported (by @TomPelissero) that Bell’s tag next year would be the QB tag for about $25M. This makes it less likely that he shows because it’s either transition tag or free agent. https://t.co/MxeuzsRkFp— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 8, 2018
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.
While Bell has all the leverage in terms of contract negotiations with the Steelers, it's unclear whether Pittsburgh even wants him back, given the emergence of backup James Conner as an equally talented and much cheaper replacement.
That said, can Conner TWEET UPSIDE DOWN?
˙˙˙ɯǝɥʇ uo ʎןɹɐǝןɔ s’ʇɐɥʇ &˙˙˙sǝuıן ǝɥʇ uǝǝʍʇǝq pɐǝɹ ʎןdɯıs ʇsnظ oʇ ǝɯıʇ ǝɥʇ ǝʞɐʇ ʇ’uop ǝןdoǝd ʇsoɯ ʇnq˙˙˙op p’noʎ ʇɐɥʍ ʇ’usı sıɥʇ ǝqʎɐɯ ǝsnɐɔǝq suoısıɔǝp ʎɯ ɟɟo ǝɯ ǝbpnظ ʇ’uop˙˙˙buıop ɯ’ı ʇɐɥʍ ʇnoqɐ pǝıɹɹoʍ & ǝɟıן ʎɯ uo uoıuıdo uɐ sɐɥ ʎpoqʎɹǝʌǝ ʇnoqɐ ʇsnظ— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) November 7, 2018
Man, is Bell talented. If that tweeting ability isn't worth $25 million, then nothing is.