But Bell would still be free to test the market under the transition tag, and even if the Steelers matched any external offers, he'd still get the long-term deal he's wanted all along.
Despite the video, there was no indication Wednesday that Bell had visited the team's facility.
Bell must report to the team by Tuesday - Week 11, before the Steelers' matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Nov. 18) - or he forfeits the season.
That number is high enough that the team would likely either release Bell into free agency or place the transition tag on him.
Bell is presumably referring to the people who believe that his decision to sit out more than half the season was a frightful idea.
Things like this are news because Bell has turned his entire holdout into a spectacle.
The star running back announced he left Miami earlier this week - a sign many took as his eventual return to Pittsburgh. & that's clearly on them ... Bell has made it clear over the past few months that he didn't sign the one-year franchise tender because he didn't want to risk his health, and on Wednesday, he stood by that decision. "I'm not apologizing for what I believe is right for myself, family, and the rest of my peers, period. also if you're really finding the time to figure out what I'm saying, you've proved my point". Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, Bell must report to the Steelers by 4 p.m. ET next Tuesday or he will be ineligible for the remainder of the season, a source confirmed to ESPN.