Le'Veon Bell set to be franchise tagged by Steelers

Jose Verdugo
Enero 14, 2018

The Steelers aren't buying Le'Veon Bell's threat to retire or sit out the 2018 season if the team uses its franchise tag on him this offseason and they are expected to tag him for the second straight year, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Bell engaged in a much-publicized holdout last summer when Pittsburgh made a decision to slap a franchise tag on him, missing training camp and preseason and returning shortly before the regular season began. Is the 25-year-old prepared to do that again? Despite his resistance, Rapoport notes the Steelers rarely budge on contract demands, making it unlikely Bell would win a stare-down with Pittsburgh's front office. The franchise tag for running backs in 2018 carries a $14.5 million salary.

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Bell played on the franchise tag worth $12.1 million during the 2017 campaign after he held out before the season started.

Now, Pittsburgh would try to work out a longterm contract with Bell if it does end up placing a franchise tag on him, but the organization tried that past year and was not able to come to an agreement with the Reynoldsburg, Ohio native.

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