ESPN has reported that according to their sources, Le’Veon Bell visited the Pittsburgh Steelers facilities, fulfilling his promise that he will be back on September the 1st. It is believed he may have undergone a medical and maybe even signed $12.1 million franchise tender.
For those unfamiliar with the drama surrounding Le’Veon Bell’s new contract, this running back couldn’t strike a long term deal agreement with the Steelers before the franchise-tagged players July 17 deadline. After the talks collapsed, Bell held out of training camp but made a public promise that he will be back on the team. It is believed that Bell is looking to set an example when it comes to contracts for running backs, thinking they are underpaid. Some sources claim he is looking for a $17 million contract. Maybe he will manage to get it if he manages to repeat the last season’s performances. Le’Veon Bell had a monstrous 2016, compiling 1,884 yards, 75 receptions, and 9 touchdowns in just 12 games. In the post-season, Bell rushed in the first two games 167 and 170 yards respectively before picking up a groin injury. Given these performances, many consider Le’Veon Bell to be the best running back in the NFL at this moment.
He was suspended for first three games of 2016 season, after violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. The suspension came after Bell missed a random drug test. He was also suspended for three games in 2015 (4 games before appeal) when he and LeGarrette Blount got arrested in August 2014 for DUI and marijuana possession charges.
Entering the 2013 NFL Draft, Bell was projected as second or third round pick. He was considered to be among 5 best running backs in the draft according to several analysts. Steelers ended up drafting him with 48th overall pick. His career statistics include 6,050 yards rushed, 31 touchdowns and 227 receptions in 47 games played in NFL.