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.
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.