Disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell failed to report to the team to sign his franchise tag on Tuesday, general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed.
Bell had until the 16:00 ET deadline to sign in order to be eligible for the remainder of the NFL season, but he did not show.
By not signing the $14.5million tender, his second in two years, Bell will not now accrue an NFL season and is expected to end his tenure with the team that drafted him in the second round of the 2013 draft. He will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Steelers boss Colbert said: "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."
Statement from GM Kevin Colbert on RB Le’Veon Bell:— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 13, 2018
"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."
The Steelers were said to be optimistic Bell would rejoin the team after he left Miami last week and was spotted working out in Pittsburgh a few days later, although there reportedly were no discussions between the two sides.
And Bell's holdout and lack of communication appear to have worn thin with players and officials in the organisation.
While addressing the media earlier on Tuesday, Mike Tomlin spoke about how unusual it is for a player to ignore the efforts of his coach to reach out but acknowledged: "I understand that business is an element of this."
Despite a drama-filled start to the season, the Steelers have since thrived and second-year rusher James Conner is enjoying a breakout season in Bell's absence. Entering Week 11, Conner ranks third in the league in rushing yards (771) and rushing touchdowns (10).
The Steelers (6-2-1) will look to extend their winning streak to six games when they visit the Jacksonville Jaguars (3-6) in a rematch of last season's AFC divisional round game on Sunday.
19 de febrero 2019
|Dropping Parra & Lopez a sporting decision, insists Brunel|
|24 all out! Oman make unwanted history against Scotland|
|Dybala: Allegri has helped me develop|
|Russell ruled out of France clash|
|Hazard should leave Chelsea for Real Madrid ´to become stronger´|
|RFEF president Rubiales plans Supercopa de Espana revamp|
|Henshaw extends with Ireland and Leinster through to 2022|
|100 days to go: Cricket World Cup takes over Trafalgar Square|
|Bonucci rejected Real Madrid for Juventus return|
|Semenya releases her own list of experts in response to IAAF|
|Ozil might be in Arsenal comfort zone, says Wenger|
|France change half-back pairing for Scotland clash|
|Joshua is going to crack like an egg, predicts Miller|
|Klopp: Critics of powerful Bayern Munich look silly|
|Barcelona planning for post-Messi future - Bartomeu|
|Atletico Madrid v Juventus: 22 goals, three hat-tricks - Ronaldo´s remarkable record against Atleti|
|Schalke v Manchester City: ´Special kid´ Leroy Sane heads back home|
|Lewandowski chasing record, Suarez out to end away rut - Champions League in Opta numbers|
|Mata: Pogba showed why he´s one of the best|
|Murray: Playing for Cardinals? That would be nice|
|Favre not worried despite Dortmund´s five-game winless run|
|Pro Piacenza expelled from Serie C after 20-0 humiliation|
|Beal tried recruiting players to Wizards during All-Star break|
|Kyrgios edges ´good mate´ Millman at Delray Beach Open|
|Messi is the only genius in football, says Capello|
|No chance of Icardi moving to Juve – Inter president|
|Nani joins MLS side Orlando|
|´He´s unreal´ – Warriors´ Curry praises Duke star Zion|
|Iguodala replaces LeBron as VP of NBPA|
|Lakers coach Walton: LeBron and I get along just fine|
|Pogba´s one of the best midfielders in the world – Solskjaer|
|Liverpool wanted Sancho but Man City wouldn´t sell to us, claims Klopp|
|Solskjaer hails ´massive´ result against Chelsea after PSG loss|
|Two-time Open 13 champion Simon avoids upset against Hoang|
|Sarri worried by results, not fans´ jeers|
|Mickelson, Tiger learn WGC-Mexico Championship groupings|
18 de febrero 2019
|Serena aiming to surpass Court´s major record this year - Mouratoglou|
|Solskjaer trusts us, we trust him – Pogba|
|Vettel revels in ´unbelievable´ start to F1 testing, Williams woe continues|
|Man United visit Wolves in FA Cup last eight, Swansea to host Man City|
|Giants manager Bruce Bochy to retire after 2019 season|
|Nurnberg 0 Borussia Dortmund 0: Stalemate leaves Bayern within striking distance|
|Chelsea 0 Manchester United 2: Solskjaer´s men bounce back to reach FA Cup quarter-finals|
|Wozniacki explains ongoing struggle with viral illness after Dubai withdrawal|
|Petkovic drops just one game against Bogdan in Budapest|
|Barcelona have learned from Roma humiliation - Valverde|
|Djokovic and Biles take top Laureus honours|
|Leeds United fined £200,000 by EFL following spying controversy|
|Tiger Woods wins Laureus World Comeback of the Year Award|
|Gundogan marvels at Man City team-mate David Silva|
|Djokovic can match Nadal and Federer in major honours - Becker|
|Ribery doubtful for Liverpool trip after daughter´s birth|
|Webb outlines commitment to Toulon after president´s outburst|
|Griezmann: Champions League home final gives us extra motivation|
|Salihamidzic and Bayern not daunted by ´special´ Anfield atmosphere|
|Serena returns to WTA top 10 for first time as a mother|
|Saunders to fight Isufi for vacant WBO super-middleweight belt|
|West Ham reveal plans to improve London Stadium atmosphere|
|Wasps sign Minozzi and announce it with ´Super Mario´ mash-up|
|Unwell Wozniacki pulls out of Dubai Tennis Championship|
|Dananjaya returns to Sri Lanka squad for South Africa ODIs|
|Henderson targets Premier League and Champions League double|
|Hogg ruled out as Townsend adds six to Scotland squad|
|Cancellara backs Cavendish to claim more stage wins|
|Tyson Fury agrees lucrative deal to be co-promoted by Top Rank|
|Leeds United suffer blow with Roofe injury|
|Klopp fears Bayern Munich are ´more dangerous than before´|
|Rosberg: Hamilton favourite again and pressure on Vettel|
|Klopp assessing Lovren ´minute by minute´ ahead of Bayern|
|Paratici confirms Juventus enquiry over Icardi|