What that would mean is that in order to tag him next year as a franchise player, the Steelers would have to commit to paying Bell $25 million in guaranteed money.
According to Kaboly's source, a franchise tag for Bell this offseason would be considered the third whether the running back reports by the November 13 deadline or not.
13 to report to the team to be eligible to play this season. He needs three games at full pay to have the season credited.
Bell must sign his franchise tender or sign a one-year deal with the team ahead of the November 13 deadline in order to retain his eligibility for this season.
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The Athletic reported a month ago that Bell would qualify as a third franchise tag even if he didn't show by the deadline. As Kaboly noted, the Steelers are most likely not going to tag him at such an enormous number, which would virtually make him a free agent. Either option would allow Bell to seek a deal from another team which is what he has been seeking all along.
The Steelers could use the transition tag on him, which would be worth less than the exclusive franchise tag they used this season.
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. However, instead of sending a normal tweet to rip his critics, Bell chose to write his message using upside-down letters.
He rushed for 1,291 yards with nine touchdowns over 15 games in 2017 with the Steelers, his fifth year in Pittsburgh.