Steelers Have Yet To Receive Serious Interest In Le'Veon Bell

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After weeks of guessing whether or not Le'Veon Bell was going to return, the ESPN reporter spoke on the phone with the running back, who remains in Florida during his off-time. Bell went on to give Fowler a timeline for his return, as the all-world running back is expected to report by Week 7, the Steelers' bye week. Bell told ESPN that he still has hopes that the team will re-sign him to a long-term contract.

"It sucks having to sit out football", Bell said from Florida on Monday.

"If he doesn't come, then he's not a team player", Wagner told reporters after the game Sunday, via The Olympian.

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Bell already has forfeited $3.42 million of his $14.544 million franchise-tag tender by not reporting to the team. While any team that acquired Bell could not sign him to a contract extension until after the season, he could engage in at least some degree of contract talks with his new team, according to National Football League and NFLPA sources, without the sides entering into any sort of agreement. The Steelers also have the option to offer him more money on the contract for the rest of the year, which is entirely under the front office's jurisdiction to work that out if desired.

However, this has not stopped the Steelers from looking for a trade partner, as they might believe they would be well off moving forward with running back James Conner over Bell. I'm not really too upset about it. The 22 years I've been playing football, I've always brought value. That could be me being prideful. At the end of the day, they said what they said in the media. He said he was "still holding out hope" that he can come to an agreement with Pittsburgh in the offseason and eventually retire as a Steeler. It was a little disappointing, but I understand their side. I feel strong, explosive, fast.

"It's costing me some fans", Bell said. I think the biggest thing for me now is my mental is a lot stronger. "I don't think they really want me gone".