In 2014, running backs Le'Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were pulled over in that same area and cited for marijuana possession while on their way to the airport to catch a team flight to a preseason game against the Eagles.
Bell, who will have to sign his franchise tag by November 13 in order to accrue an National Football League season, hinted that he could soon rejoin the Steelers when he bid farewell to Miami in cryptic tweet on Monday. "We'll cross those bridges when we get to them at the end of the season". "There's now a real possibility that Bell won't report by the deadline". That makes sense and would seemingly be the player's only incentive to show up, but there is now some disagreement about whether that is actually the case.
Bell would surrender the final $6.84 million of his salary if he elects not to sign the franchise tender.
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The Steelers front office has stayed relatively quiet on Bell's absence, with coach Mike Tomlin saying he'd prefer to discuss players who are with the team. As a result, a third franchise tag from the Steelers would cost the team around $25 million. Bell has been working out in Miami this season, but on Monday he tweeted "Fairwell Miami" without further explanation.
That number is high enough that the team would likely either release Bell into free agency or place the transition tag on him.
While Bell has all the leverage in terms of contract negotiations with the Steelers, it's unclear whether Pittsburgh even wants him back, given the emergence of backup James Conner as an equally talented and much cheaper replacement. Bell already has played the four-plus seasons he needs to become a free agent after the season.