Le'Veon Bell's agent says no agreement with Steelers ever took place

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Even more outrageous? The fact that Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that the Steelers offered Bell a deal worth more than $12 million per year on average. "All stories to contrary are false", Bakari told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network previously reported the same $12 million annual figure for Pittsburgh's offer.

Bell, selected in the second round in 2013, has missed the team's off-season work recovering from groin surgery, and it's unclear if he'll show up at the start of training camp or wait to sign his franchise tag. He should resurface ahead of Week 1.

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has left NFL fans with one of the most head-scratching and confusing situations possibly in league history. In turn, he never reported to Steelers training camp since the team can't fine a player who isn't under an active contract. That honor belongs to Atlanta Falcons back Devonta Freeman at $8.25 million per year. He also noted the contract included $30 million over the first two years and $42 million during the first three seasons.

However, before Bell could sign the contract, he decided it wasn't good enough and "nixed" it at the last minute, according to the Post-Gazette. Then again, not having the 25-year-old getting tune-up reps in minicamp and the preseason is working against the Steelers, who will rely heavily on Bell's production as they did in the previous season.

When asked about the belief that Bell can stay fresh and injury free away from the team, Colbert stressed, "It's beneficial for everybody to be in camp". We can argue about camp and preseason, how many games and all that, but I do know you need to practice this game to play it at the highest level.

When he's healthy, no running back can do what Bell can do. When he officially signs that one-year deal, he will be paid $12.12 million for next season.

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