Steelers holdout Bell hints at September 1 return in Tweet

Erica Murray
September 2, 2017

Bell is one of the NFL's top backs when he's on the field.

Bell tweeted out a little over a week ago that he would be reporting to the Steelers on this very date, and it looks like he kept his promise.

For example, the case of Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell.

According to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, that offer averaged $12 million a season, including a $30 million payout over the first two years of the new deal. The two sides went all the way to the July 17 deadline trying to negotiate a long-term contract, but nothing came to fruition and Bell started his holdout as a result.

The team typically practices in pads just once per regular season game week. After Adrian Peterson's release earlier this offseason, the highest-paid running back in the league became LeSean McCoy of the Buffalo Bills, who is making just over $8 million annually.

Bell did not show up for training camp or the Steelers' four preseason games while declining to sign a franchise tender that guarantees him $12.1 million for the 2017 season.

The Steelers will be ready for Bell's return.

He makes a compelling argument after getting 75 receptions for 616 yards last season, proving his worth as possibly the NFL's best all-around back.

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