Steelers Remove Le'Veon Bell From Depth Chart Ahead Of Week 2

Paola Ditto
Settembre 14, 2018

The Le'Veon Bell saga continues to drag on in Pittsburgh as the running back with almost 1,300 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns in 2017 refused to show up to team headquarters ahead of the squad's week 2 home contest versus Kansas City. Pittsburgh hosts the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 2, but as things stand, it will likely be James Conner running the show again.

It appears that Le'Veon Bell is in no hurry to sign his franchise tender and start to collect $855,000 a week.

The impasse between Bell and the Steelers has been one of themes of the offseason and rumbled on into Week 1, when the running back failed to report to camp ahead of Pittsburgh's game against the Browns.

With all the turmoil surrounding the Steelers running back, here are odds from BetOnline.ag on the team Bell will play for during week 1 of the 2019 season. They also recently took Bell off their official depth chart. He would be paid around $14.5 million this season if he were to sign his tender.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $60 million, the highest per-year average for a running back, and also includes a $20 million signing bonus and $45 million guaranteed.

A graphic from Fox Sports 1's The Herd with Colin Cowherd revealed some of the key stats the Steelers have rocked up with and without Bell on the field.

The running back's holdout over contract disputes has been ongoing for months now, as he wants a longer and more lucrative deal than the franchise tag offer the Steelers have put on the table. During his first career start last week, the former third-round pick totaled 135 rushing yards, 57 receiving yards, and two touchdowns in an impressive showing. Ahead of Pittsburgh's season opener against Cleveland, Bell was listed as the starter, the Pittsburgh Tribune reported.

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