Le'Veon Bell fulfills promise by reporting to Steelers on September 1
February 22 2018, 04:33 | Van Peters
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The Steelers running back entered the team facility Friday afternoon, according to a source, fulfilling his public promise to return September 1. He's expected to sign the Steelers one-year franchise tender, worth $12.1 million for the 2017 season. Kinhabwala added that Bell will return to the team Monday. Don't think running back Le'Veon Bell hasn't noticed. He recovered months ago from offseason groin surgery, but the Steelers could have done a quick medical check of Bell before signing off on the tender. The 25-year-old star has been holding out on the team in hopes for a long-term, big-money contract, but negotiations seem to have fallen through. At 26, he'll be scheduled to hit the market.
Signing this tender will make him by far the highest-paid running back in football this season.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported in July that Bell turned down a multi-year deal that averaged more than $12 million per season, with $30 million over the first two seasons. That, however, is not the goal for the Steelers back.
The rusher wanted to get a contract extension that would have earned annually $ 17 million, according to the daily "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette", but it has been unable to reach an agreement.