Could Steelers use franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell again?

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There have mixed reports dating back to the preseason on when Bell would report to the team, with an expectation he would return to the team during their Week 7 bye.

Bell, who's been absent from the Pittsburgh Steelers for the entirety of the campaign amid a contract holdout, has until Tuesday to report to the team facilities or else he'll forfeit the season. He has lost $855,529 for very week he's missed so far.

Bell said the Steelers told him they plan to place the transition tag on him this offseason, and a source confirmed to ESPN that the tag would be worth approximately $9 million to $10 million.

13 to report to the team to be eligible to play this season. Teams can use the franchise tag on players up to three times, and it has been widely reported that this year will only count as one of those three if Bell reports and signs the tender.

A source told Mark Kaboly of The Athletic that Bell is not a lock to sign his franchise tender prior to the November 13 deadline after he learned that it would still be considered the third time the Steelers use the franchise tag on him if they choose to go that route again this offseason.

If you needed another update on where Pittsburgh Steelers running back is, we've got it for you. Bell posted a tweet upside down - yes, upside down - to speak out on the situation. He could become a free agent in 2019 if the Steelers don't franchise him again.

Pittsburgh is 5-2-1 on the season and sit first in the AFC North, while Bell's replacement, James Conner, sits second in the National Football League in rushing yards. Without Bell, the Steelers have started their 2018 season 5-2-1 as replacement running back James Connor has racked up 706 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, which are both the second-highest totals in the league.

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