Le'Veon Bell is not expected to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers by Tuesday's deadline, which would make him ineligible for the entire 2018 season.

Bell's camp continues to maintain its cone of silence and repeatedly has declined to address with reporters his plans for the coming week.

Ten months ago, Bell said he "definitely would consider" sitting out the 2018 season or retiring at the age of 26 if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him.

Bell has been trying to preserve his value and body by sitting out.