Le'Veon Bell's absence assures he will not be traded

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In the weeks leading up to the trade deadline, the lingering talk around the Pittsburgh Steelers has focused on the future of star running back Le'Veon Bell, who has remained away from the team through the first eight weeks of the season.

On Tuesday afternoon, the NFL's trade deadline came and went.

What this now shifts the attention over to when he will report to the team this season as it had been reported that he would be back after the National Football League trade deadline.

Among the names thrown around about a potential trade was Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. If he wants this season to count and not risk another round of the franchise tag from Pittsburgh, he has to show up in time to be on the roster for six games. A team can not trade a player until they are under contract and Bell's absence assured he wouldn't be traded somewhere he didn't want to go and gasp might make he play this season.

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Bell would have been required to report Tuesday and sign his one-year franchise tender with the Steelers in order to be traded.

The next deadline for Bell is next after Week 10.

Bell has forfeited almost $7 million this season during his holdout.

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