Bell failed to sign his franchise tender by Tuesday's 4 p.m. deadline, meaning he can not play in the 2018 season.
"I want to confirm that Le'Veon Bell did not sign his Franchise Tender today and, as a result, he will not be eligible to play football during the 2018 season", general manager Kevin Colbert said in a terse statement.
A day after Bell did not report to the Steelers, officially ending any chances of his playing this season amid his lengthy holdout, the rest of the Steelers pounced on the carcass that was his locker.
Players also found items like shirts, a suit and a CD labeled "Le'Veon Bell #1".
Soon a video of the treasures emerged, including a nice pair of Jordan cleats that linebacker Bud Dupree claimed.
"Appreciate the cleats, my guy", Dupree said into a camera. Bell will now stay at home and the Steelers players are better clothed, ransacking his goodies and even removing his nameplate.
Players answered Bell-related questions for what they hope is the last time. "We fall short on things because guys get selfish or guys say, 'Hey, yeah, we're going to take a deal'".
Entering Week 11, the second-year back ranks third in the league in rushing yards (771) and rushing touchdowns (10).
Money talks here, though, and Bell surely has to be considered the kind of difference maker capable of putting an entire offensive squad on his shoulders.
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