Steelers place franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell

Steelers place franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell

A number of times in the past, LeVeon Bell has threatened that he could decide to retire if the Steelers were to place the franchise tag on him for the 2nd year in a row.

Per the running back, apparently it's a lot more than $14.544 million for one year.

Pittsburgh on Monday hit Bell with the franchise tag for the second straight season, guaranteeing him a $14.5 million salary in 2018.

There are still hope the side can come together for an agreement during the offseason. That's why the Steelers have been cautious about committing big money to Bell. If they are unable to, Bell will have to play out the 2018 season on the tag or sit out.

Bell racked up 1,946 yards from scrimmage in 15 games previous year - 1,291 on the ground and 655 through the air - while scoring 11 touchdowns. He's one of the best, most complete running backs in football, and his versatility is a crucial part of the Steelers' offense.

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Bell has been adamant that he would like to get a long-term extension worked out, but he turned down a deal a year ago that would have paid him $60 million over five seasons.

Freeman averages just under 97 yards per game.

The list goes on. He was previously a first-team AP All-Pro selection in 2014 and second-team in 2016.

A suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and a season-ending MCL tear shortened Bell's 2015 season to just six games. The team used him more than ever a year ago as he toted the ball a career-high 321 times and racked up 106 targets in the passing game. In 2014, he rushed for 1,361 yards on 290 carries and eight touchdowns. In Steelers history, Bell ranks fourth in rushing yards (5,336) and is tied for third in rushing touchdowns (35).

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