Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell reports to team

That deadline-date offer was a five-year deal and reportedly would have paid Bell more than any running back in the National Football League, including guaranteed him at least $37 million in the first three years of the deal. Don't think running back Le'Veon Bell hasn't noticed.

Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network first reported news of Bell's arrival.

Bell skipped training camp and the entire preseason in a contract dispute after he wasn't able to reach a deal on a long-term contract in July.

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In any case, when he shows up on the field, he'll be paid $12.1 million dollars thanks to the the NFL's franchise-tag option.

Le'Veon Bell had made it crystal clear months ago that he wants to be paid like a #1 running back and a #2 WR, but so far the team hasn't budged on his demands. He could not be fined for these absences because he had not signed the tender, nor could he negotiate for a longer or higher paying deal this season. The 25-year-old has two Pro Bowls on his resume, including last season when he played in just 12 games, and will be eligible to play in Week 1 for the first time since his rookie season.

The prolific rusher is signed only through this season, but the Steelers and the dual-threat back figure to have another round of negotiations after the season.

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