Steelers don't reach long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell

Lynette Rowe
July 17, 2017

The franchise tag was placed on Bell in February, which prevented him from becoming a free agent and gave the Steelers more time to negotiate a contract with Bell. "We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season".

Bell will play the 2017 season at $12.1 million, the average of the salaries of the five highest-paid running backs in the league.

Bell has until 4 p.m. Monday to reach a long-term deal with the Steelers.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Bell is recovered from offseason core muscle surgery, and should be ready to participate from the start of camp. In last season's AFC title game against New England, Bell re-aggravated a groin injury that kept him off the field for most of the 36-17 loss. Although he's expected to be fine for Week 1, Bell will take the field without the security of a long-term deal to remain with the Steelers.

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KDKA's Bob Pompeani says Bell can be franchised again next season.

In both cases, Bell surpassed Hall of Famer Franco Harris.

Speaking on NFL Network, Rapoport expounded on what Bell was looking for in a long-term deal.

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