Fowler: Le’Veon Bell Officially Reports To Steelers

Though its been known for about a week, Le’Veon Bell has made good on his word and officially reported to the Pittsburgh Steelers facility. This comes from ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, who tweeted this out a short time ago.

Fowler has not indicated that Bell has signed the franchise tag yet but that’s a mere formality that will happen later today.

Bell tweeted out last week he would return September 1st and confirmed it with reporters days later. We can finally turn the page on this saga that began on July 18th, the day after he and the team failed to agree on a long-term extension. Bell seemingly wants $15 million a year while the Steelers reported best offer came in around $13 million. There may have also been a gap between guaranteed money as well.

Instead, Bell will play on the one year franchise tag worth just north of $12 million. He’ll be scheduled to become a free agent after this season though the Steelers still have the ability to tag him again for roughly $14 million. Bridges that will be crossed when we come to it.

The Steelers have the weekend off, meaning Bell won’t practice with the team until Monday, the official start of Week One. Pittsburgh will play the Cleveland Browns September 10th at 1 PM.

About the Author

Alex Kozora

Full-time blogger from mom’s basement. Marrying tape and statistics. Chidi Iwuoma is my favorite Steeler of all-time.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    It seems like he’s doing everything he can to not be a steeler in the future. He did say he used to hate the steelers before he was drafted. Hmmm….

  • Alex Kozora

    To be fair, he’s an Ohio guy. Comes with the territory.

  • Steel Realist PAul

    And the primary negative storyline for the Steelers off-season goes into a five month moratorium.

  • Dan

    I’m not sure I’d go that far. On one hand, I understand it players are paid in game checks and not for their days in training camp. So had he signed his tender in July, he’d have gone through training camp for free (one way of looking at it). And it’s in his interest not to risk injury in camp or preseason. But I’d much rather have heard pragmatic explanations from him, rather than what we’ve seen. He’s certainly not endeared himself to me or other fans for the way he’s handled things so far. And as it stands now, September will be his camp and preseason. I don’t like that. But if he plays well in the season and post-season, we’ll all forgive.

  • John Noh

    The prodigal son returns. Hallelujah!

    “But we have to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of ours…was lost and is found.”

  • Darth Blount 47

    Play with the Steelers, make 12 million, win a ‘Chip, find glory.

    Work at Dairy Queen, get high, eat all the ice cream you want, not have to deal with Roger Goodell.

    Honestly, I can see why he took this long to report.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    That must be why he wants 17 mil.
    He knows the Browns are desperate enough to give it to him lol

  • nikgreene

    I saw that from the Bhagavad Gita?

  • Mark

    All I care about is him helping the Steelers get SB #7. I’m tired of Pats, Cowboys, and 49er fans talking about they are only 1 SB away from catching us. So if LeVeon helps us win #7, feel free to leave and let someone else pay you $15 mln, $17 mln, or higher. Good luck, because the FO, I know will let you walk and develop/draft someone else to replace you. BTW, how many SB has he been in let alone help us win, exactly zero. I have more respect for James Harrison than I do a player who has helped us win zero superbowls. So LeVeon get to work pick up your $12 mln, help us win a Superbowl, and then let Cleveland or Cincy pay you to run behind their horrible offense lines. We will then pay Bryant and Tuitt to stay Steelers.

    Mike Wallace all over again…

  • Chad H

    I get what you are saying. The issue I take with being a “professional” athlete is to be professional is to be a “team” player. Can’t win as an individual. He has put himself over the team.

  • ThatGuy

    All we need now to complete this puzzle is Bryant’s full regular season reinstatement.

  • John Noh

    It’s actually a derivation from the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Book of Luke, chapter 15).

  • Alex Kozora

    lol

  • ThatGuy

    You should be a boxer with all that reach.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    It’s not just the holdout. It’s the way he’s going about it this whole situation. Ever since contract talks started coming up he’s turned into a completely different person. Before it was always, “I want to be a steeler. I want to be here”. Now it’s “Remember that game in K.C.? You better pay me. I need at least a gajillion dollars before I lace cleats”.

  • Charles Mullins

    Pretty sure he is still lost. He should ask Deebo if the steelers flinch.

  • steelmann58

    I just hope the use him in practice to get in some football condition

  • Darth Blount 47

    Bell’s situation is a bit different than the norm because it is not as if he was “holding out” for more cash. Once that deadline passed, all he was doing what basically saying that he didn’t feel the need to bunk up in Latrobe and risk one of the many off-season and pre-season injuries that we’ve seen inflict so many players around the league. I don’t begrudge him a bit for putting a number on what he feels he is worth (even if most don’t agree with the number he came up with) and then holding firm.

    One can argue whether or not it was vital to get in there and be around these guys for the pre-season or not. I contend that since he has been in this league and system for years, not only does he already know the plays and way to play, but he knows the players, for the most part. I’m not trying to make it sound like everyone should choose to act like he does, but I am saying there were likely some positives AND yes, some negatives, associated with his decision to play things this way.

    It all wasn’t ideal, but he’s healthy. That’s a plus. And he should be motivated to “put good stuff on film.” I hate to bring this up… but I DO feel that if he would never have released his secondary rap-career, many of the fans would feel a tad different about Bell. Some wouldn’t, but some would. It all sort of goes into the Bell pie, and the taste is not to everyone’s liking. Most importantly, he’s here now, and if we want, he’ll be here next year as well. Life is so short and unpredictable, that it may be wise to stop looking past and into 2019, so soon anyways.

  • srdan

    IMO you don’t get that in practice

  • Ryan Alderman

    As much fun as crying over spilled milk is, time to move on to more important things, like winning No. 7!! All hands on deck, time to roll!!

  • Ryan Alderman

    I thought about it the other day myself: Once he has a couple good carries, catches a few passes, I won’t be thinking about Ima need 17 too much…THANK GOD!!

  • T3xassteelers

    Bells still one of my favorite players. Glad he’s back. Now hopefully next year we can work something out long-term.

  • Chris92021

    Yeah, not sure why the league is dragging its feet on that…oh wait, Goodell’s in charge. Never mind.

  • nikgreene

    Who is the authoer?

  • Chris92021

    Hopefully that lasts 6 months.

  • Conserv_58

    It’s not like there is any other choice to get him acclimated.

  • Conserv_58

    Good. Now we don’t have to hear anymore about his hold-out. It’s time to focus on the team and their season ahead.

  • Jones

    Hint: It’s in the name “Book of ____”.

  • His mom was a Die Hard Steelers fan well before he even entered the draft.

  • Dan

    Agreed. Could be just negotiation posturing, but doesn’t sit well with me. Yes, he’s done some great things, but play a full 16-game season and some playoff games without being suspended or getting hurt before you ask us to bow at your diamond encrusted feet.

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Glad he is back too, but the chances of a long-term deal with the Steelers are extremely slim now.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Yea, but his mom isn’t the running back for the steelers.

  • Bradys_Dad

    You didn’t just ask that ….

  • John Noh

    St. Luke. God, if you want the bigger picture.

  • Bradys_Dad

    I could see them running the wheels off LB this year and next for a total of 26M +/- and getting his best years out of him then parting ways. Maybe Ben stays one more and we get 2 years of Killer B activity before being exterminated.

  • FATCAT716

    Really lol

  • walter

    Meh. I guess his word is good. He said he would return sept 1

  • walter

    Did he really say that? It does help explain a few things.

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Yea. His mom is a huge steeler fan. She even predicted that he would play for the steelers as a child, but he said growing up he always hated the steelers. Something like that.

  • Terrible Towlie

    ohio is steeler country

  • Conserv_58

    I have no doubt that he chose no to report and sign the franchise tag before camp so as to protect himself from injury. That I can understand and appreciate because it does make good sense. As for his rap career, I couldn’t care less about it. What I do care about is his using that format to inform the team what his contract demands are or will be. IMO, he was attempting to gain public support for his demands, but as we’ve seen it didn’t net him the desired result with a lot of fans. He should have just let his agent do his bidding behind closed doors.

  • walter

    I could care less about his interest in rapping but it does give us insight into his mindset.. Look at me how great i am they will have to pay me 15 mil. They wouldnt pay me what i wanted so i dont have to show up for training camp. I will get better and now they will have to pay me 17 . I dont think he is joking.

  • AustinTxStillerFan

    Would be nice if he’d waited until after cutdown day so we’d have the extra slot for shuffling guys to IR.

  • walter

    Wow good point!

  • Xclewsive

    I wonder what Bells interaction with media will be. It’s gonna be a circus every mistake and injury he endures. There is gonna be a ton of back tracking in his statements.

  • Nolrog

    Enough already. Let’s get back to work. There’s games to be won now.

  • nikgreene

    Which God? Apollo?

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Exactly lol

  • Sean Sakas

    He will end up on a team with a crappy OL and end up just like Mike Wallace

  • Chad H

    I agree with you Darth. I do. I just believe in the Steelers way of football. The we are a team, we are a family, we are in this fight together. What Bell did is to remove himself from all of that. I have to have faith in MT that he would protect Bell in preseason like he does with Brown, Ben, Pouncey etc.

  • nutty32

    PFT had a good take on why he’s been less than a boy scout about his contract this year. He needs to set up for next year’s potential tag/contract negotiation. He’d lose some leverage if the benefits of signing him long term doesn’t include avoiding preseason shenanigans. He’s now showed up in time for the season and in shape (looking at you, Eddie Lacy). That’s all that matters.

  • Ni mo

    Steelers are off today he kept his word for his physical. And will sign stop crying he’s there

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    Who’s crying?

  • T3xassteelers

    Yeah… But having him on the practice field is more important I would think

  • Rocksolid20

    I hope they do . Be fun to kick his behind twice a year .

  • T3xassteelers

    See, I think that’s just the fan’s perception. I know what Bell wants, and we will see if they can meet somewhere in the middle.

  • Michael Conrad

    The good news is he will be their headache.

  • francesco

    What happens if he doesn’t pass his physical? Are we all sure the groin injury he suffered is no longer a concern?

  • Michael Mosgrove

    it wouldnt matter. the team doesnt practice till monday. they arent doing anything for the next 3 days. only the front office is.

  • Conserv_58

    Hence my point about him using his rap gig to garner public and fan support for his monetary demands. The recent video really backfired with the non millenials. He only alienated himself even more from that demographic. He’s not going to get any sympathy from hard working blue collar folks that are struggling to pay their bills on what he makes in a couple of days.

  • Conserv_58

    Several of his teammates and Tomlin thought it was important.

  • Jeff McNeill

    It would not have been for free, the get like 1700 a week for training camp.

  • Chris92021

    Bell said that his favorite team growing up was the Jets, which is weird for a kid who grew up in Columbus, OH. His mom is a huge Steelers fan though.

  • Chris92021

    I doubt players in the NFL make decisions like that. I think Bell is mostly driven to be the highest paid player in the league, which will never happen because he’s not a QB nor is he a pass rusher.

  • Keith Evans

    back in da house….locker stll dare….Mo n AB…go on a tare…dissin my bad hat….n ridicule my hair….

    boom tish boom tish etc….

    coach t to the rescue….he got my back….he cut me some slack….but deep down inside he….thank **** u back….etc…etc

  • T3xassteelers

    To be at practice tomorrow?

  • Ravens Team Gynecologist

    Bell wants the max earnings, and made it clear that it doesn’t matter from which team, which it his prerogative. That kind of deal will come for him from a team like the Redskins or Dolphins.

  • Burgh Ball

    ZZZzzzzzzzz wake me up next weekend

  • Xclewsive

    Done!

  • JNick

    It’s nice for him to show up late to the party.
    The red carpet has already been rolled out for the guys who want to be here. It will suck when he’s gone, but he’s already stepping one foot out the door.

  • JNick

    That’s where I’m at too.
    I would totally respect him if he came out and said, “I’m gonna show up after the last preseason game because I don’t want to risk injury”. I get that. But he turned down a fair offer and then put out a rap saying he wants even more money. It’s just hard to root for a guy who’s done so many stupid things.

  • Ni mo

    He’s not going anywhere nice to dremm tho welcome to 2017 all sports are about money

  • Ni mo

    Fans on 24/7 crying

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    I believe I’m just stating my opinion like everyone else.

  • Ni mo

    Are you on Steelers 24/7 ?

  • The Sun is Pro-Black

    No, but you were addressing me when you said that.

  • Ni mo

    No I wasn’t if u can read I said 24/7

  • AndyR34

    I think it is clear that there is no ‘meeting in the middle’ for Bell. For me the “reported” Steeler offer was already “in the middle”. If he has a good year in 2017, his number will be north of $17 mil.

  • T3xassteelers

    I hope not 🙁 I want him here forever!

  • JNick

    He’s not going to get a larger offer which means at best he’s here for 2 more seasons. And my money is on him not making it through either of those seasons. Sad. Such a talent wasted on drugs and pride

  • Bradys_Dad

    money and bad rhymes 🙂

  • Ni mo

    He making money on them bad rhymes you mad because he’s not singing rock

  • Bradys_Dad

    Not rock – country – and you seem a little too sensitive 😊