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Le’Veon Bell to join Steelers during week 7 bye

Le’Veon Bell will return to the Steelers after the week 7 bye after sitting out due to being unhappy with his contract negotiations with the team according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

The Steelers decided to franchise tag Bell for two years in a row, but Bell wanted a long-term contract that he thought matched his value. As a result, Bell has not reported to the Steelers yet this season and they now sit with a 1-2-1 record.

In his absence, James Conner has rushed 232 yards and three touchdowns. Conner has added 164 receiving yards. He is averaging 3.7 yards per carry, but is only averaging 10.7 carries over the last few weeks.

There will be ramifications for Bell showing up after missing six games.

This will also give the Steelers the option to use the transition tag on Bell, which will limit what he can make next season.

By signing with the Steelers before week 11, Bell will retain his free agent status for this offseason, which will allow him to test the open market.

Bell has amassed 5,336 rushing yards, 2,660 receiving yards and 42 touchdowns in his five NFL seasons so far.

 

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