Bell remains absent from the team, though it was believed he would join the team following its upcoming game against Carolina. Footage of Bell's run at L.A. Fitness surfaced shortly after he took the court, but he still hasn't made an appearance at the Steelers' practice facility. Bell has sat out the first nine weeks of the regular season and has not signed his franchise tender for the season.
Bell must report to the team by Tuesday - Week 11, before the Steelers' matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Nov. 18) - or he forfeits the season.
He played under a franchise tag in 2017, earning $12.12 million after turning down a five-year, $13.3-million-per offer. When Bell returned to Pittsburgh, he and his agent were apparently unaware that under the rules of the CBA, Bell does not have to report to the Steelersin order to become a free agent, and furthermore, he could make a whopping $25 million under the tag next season, according to reports.
If he plays games this year, the Steelers could try to prove Bell's transition tag should be prorated.
But seriously, though. How do you do that upside-down thing on Twitter?
"Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing", Bell wrote. But most people don't take the time to simply read between the lines and that's clearly on them.