The two-time All-Pro will play this upcoming season under the franchise tag.
Contract negotiations between the Pittsburgh Steelers and star running back Le'Veon Bell are down to the wire.
Will no deal in place, Bell will play on the franchise tag and become the league's highest paid player at his position next season, making $12.12 million, but with no long-term security in place.
Pittsburgh must reach a multi-year agreement with Bell by 4 p.m. Monday. "We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season". The team placed the franchise tag on him in February.
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Bell's one-year $12.1 million tag figure for 2017 puts him atop the running back market.
Both sides have valid points in this conflict. He's only played 18 games the last two seasons, and has dealt with foot and knee injuries also (as well as a suspension), so the Steelers have reason to be a little cautious.
When Bell is on the field, he is brilliant.
Speaking on NFL Network, Rapoport expounded on what Bell was looking for in a long-term deal. Bell returns to the lineup for the Steelers on Sunday against Kansas City.