Le'Veon Bell back in Pittsburgh but no word on meeting team

4 Steelers who must step up against the Panthers

4 Steelers who must step up against the Panthers

A former National Football League running back has alleged that Adisa Bakari, the agent for Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell, didn't understand until recently that Bell could receive a franchise-tag tender in excess of $25 million in 2019 even if he does not report this season.

Le'Veon Bell's holdout got turned upside-down Wednesday night.

Bell is presumably referring to the people who believe that his decision to sit out more than half the season was a frightful idea.

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With all of that in mind, the 26-year old Pro Bowler took to twitter last night with a pair of cryptic tweets - both of which were posted in an upside down font.

If Bell fails to report, the transition tag would be around $14.5 million, or 120 percent of his $12.1 million franchise tag from 2017, since that's the a year ago he played.

But despite Bell's tweet, the Steelers still haven't heard from him and their focus remains the same with the players and coaches in the building as they prepare for Thursday's game vs. Carolina, a source told ESPN. That gives Bell the ability to negotiate with other teams and the Steelers the right to match, which would essentially be the same as him hitting the free agent market.

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Until recently, however, Bakari apparently thought the Steelers could re-use the second-year tag number of $14.544 million in 2019 if Bell held out the entire 2018 season.

Just about everybody has an opinion on my life & anxious about what I'm doing. But most people don't take the time to simply read between the lines and that's clearly on them.

Bell must report to the team by Tuesday - Week 11, before the Steelers' matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Nov. 18) - or he forfeits the season.

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