Le’Veon Bell says he would sit out over franchise tag: report
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell told ESPN he would consider retirement if the Steelers don’t "value [him]" on his next contract. (AP Photo/Gary Landers)
PITTSBURGH — Le’Veon Bell would consider sitting out the 2018 season if he’s franchise tagged again, he said in ESPN report.
The Steelers tagged Bell last offseason, ultimately locking him into a $12.1 million, one-year contract after they did not agree to a multi-year deal ahead of the July 17 NFL deadline. Bell sat out all of training camp while he trained on his own in Miami.
Pittsburgh can tag Bell again next season at a projected cost of more than $14 million.
If Bell were to sit out the year, he told ESPN, he would likely be finished with football.
The star running back carried the ball 321 times for 1,291 yards and rushing nine touchdowns this season while catching 85 passes for 766 yards and two touchdowns.
He said his contract expectations are about being valued and setting the standard for players in his position.
The birth of his daughter affected Bell’s perspective on needing to play football, according to the report, which you can read more of here.
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 averages 4.3 yards per carry.
Bell also has 3122 catches for 2,660 yards and seven receiving touchdowns.
I’m trying to win a super bowl…I can care less about what happens after this season…my biggest thing I’m focused on is this team I’m on right now, playing for/with my brothers, & bringing back a 7th ring! what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals
— Le’Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) January 11, 2018
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