Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Doesn't want to play under franchise tag in 2018

Doesn't want to play under franchise tag in 2018

The running back logged 321 carries for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards, to go along with 11 total TDs in 15 games this past season.

As a result, Bell was tagged in 2017 for $12.1 million. He said on Thursday: "I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it".

Since Pittsburgh picked Bell in the second round of the 2013 draft, he has compiled 5,336 rushing yards and scored 35 touchdowns on the ground.

He turned down an offer last offseason saying he was undervalued!

Bell's threat to retire is probably a bluff, but that doesn't mean he has no right to be exasperated at playing another season under the franchise tag (which pays a player no less than the average of the top five salaries at his position).

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Bell has a relatively lengthy history of contract disputes with the Steelers, the only team he's ever played for. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table".

If Bell were to sit out the year, he told ESPN, he would likely be finished with football. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". Bell sat out virtually all of training camp this summer before returning to the team September 1. Teams can tag a player between February 20 and March 6, after which they would have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal. That being said, it's unusual to hear this come out before the Steelers' first playoff game of the season.

He reiterated he doesn't care about the money aspect of playing football and said he would be comfortable leaving the sport if he felt he was getting a raw deal. Right now, though, Bell is just trying to focus on the playoffs. But that's exactly what they have following Le'Veon Bell's comments Thursday about his future with the team. GM Kevin Colbert would then have to weigh what's best; for an aging roster and a Super Bowl window that might be closing, he could decide it behooves the team to get the 2018 selection.

Well, after a career full of highlight reels and plenty of talent left in the tank, Bell is looking for money.

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