The league-imposed deadline for the Pittsburgh Steelers to sign Le’Veon Bell to long-term contract passed on Monday at 4 p.m ET without any agreement on a new deal.
The news was confirmed through comments from Bell’s agent Adisa Bakari via Twitter.
As per NFL rules, negotiations towards an extension cannot now resume until after the end of the regular season. As a result, Bell will play under the franchise tag in 2018 and will earn a salary of $14.544 million this year.
Lacking a new deal, Bell is unlikely to attend training camp, similar to the 2017 season when both sides failed to agree to an extension.
Ultimately, Bell arrived at team facilities on September 1 having missed all four preseason games and every day of training camp. Notably, Bell is not technically under contract and cannot be fined for missing practice and preseason games.
As fact also noted by Bakari, with the cost of a third franchise tag for Bell likely to cost in the region of $30 million in 2019, Pittsburgh will not tag him again and it seems almost certain that Bell will hit the open market next year.
While Bell has made several statements recently regarding his plans for the offseason if an extension was not forthcoming, he has generally suggested he would be back with the team before the regular season began.
Bell may decide to extend his holdout into the regular season, an option Schefter suggested was a possibility earlier in the day.