Steelers Unable To Agree Upon Long-Term Deal With Le'Veon Bell

Ruben Hill
July 18, 2017

He has yet to sign his franchise tender, and unless the Steelers work out a surprise long-term extension with their star runner before the 4:00 pm Eastern deadline today, he will not be obligated to attend camp until he signs.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell failed to come to an agreement on a long-term contract Monday, meaning the running back will play next season on the franchise tag.

Bell will play this season under a $12.1 million tag. The two-time All-Pro will play this upcoming season under the franchise tag.

If no deal is reached, the Steelers will have the option to use the franchise tag on Bell again in 2018. Early in the offseason, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II made clear publicly that Bell was a part of the long-term plans. From the Steelers' perspective, guaranteeing a huge amount to a player who's been twice suspended for violations of the league's substance abuse policy is a risk, especially since that player plays a grueling position and has already missed time due to injury.

Bell's 157 total yards per game last season ranks third all-time for a running back.

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

NFL Network ranked Bell the No. 9 overall player in its 2017 rankings.

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