The saga is over. Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell hasn’t played a down this season. This is because of a contract dispute with the team. Also, he was initially expected to report to the team before the week 11 deadline on Tuesday. However, sources say he likely won’t show up. Forfeiting the entire 2018 season. How does this impact Pittsburgh Steelers betting odds? Find out below.
Before the Steelers played the Jacksonville Jaguars in the playoffs last season, Bell told reporters he would consider sitting out the entire season. This is if the team used the franchise tag on him for the second consecutive year during the offseason.
After New Orleans Saints wide receiver Dez Bryant suffered a torn Achilles during practice last week, Bell is likely trying to preserve his body and avoid a serious injury that will cost him money when he becomes a free agent.
In Le’Veon Bell’s absence, second-year running back James Conner has emerged as a capable back and is putting up impressive numbers. Conner has 771 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns and 387 receiving yards and one touchdown.
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On Thursday, Steelers owner Art Rooney he expects Bell to report to the team by Tuesday’s 4 PM. Deadline, but if the sources are to be believed, the running back will not be at the team’s facility this week. Is Le’Veon Bell making a mistake?
Bell has spent most of the season working out in Miami, but he fueled speculation that he will return to the Steelers when he posted a goodbye note to the city on social media and was seen working out at a gym in Pittsburgh.
With Conner playing well and the Steelers looking like legitimate contenders again, the chances of Bell playing this season if he decides to return to the team are very slim because the team likely won’t want to deal with the distraction that will come with his return as they make a push for home-field advantage in the playoffs.
In conclusion, if Le’Veon Bell sits out the entire season, he will forfeit $14.1 million.