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Le'Veon Bell threatens retirement in 2018 if tagged again

Le'Veon Bell threatens retirement in 2018 if tagged again

A second tag for next season would be worth a projected $14.5 million. Even with Antonio Brown having an MVP-caliber season, one could argue that Bell is Pittsburgh's most important offensive player. Bell has wanted a massive contract, citing the desire to help all running backs in an era that has devalued the position.

When Fowler asked the question, all Bell had to do was say he isn't thinking about the offseason and move to his talk of the Super Bowl. In his five NFL seasons, he has played 62 games and amassed 7,996 yards, more than anyone else during the same stretch since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, according to ESPN.

Just what the Pittsburgh Steelers needed before their first playoff game this season: Le'Veon Bell making threats about being franchise tagged again.

While Bell should not want to play under the franchise tag for a second straight season, that's really up to the Steelers organization unfortunately. He was unhappy because the two sides couldn't come to a long-term contract agreement.

It would make sense for the Steelers to get the most out of Bell now and then let him walk if they believe his financial demands or another expensive one-year tender are just too unwieldy. Bell sat out virtually all of training camp this summer before returning to the team September 1.

The sides can not begin discussing a new deal until after the season. Bell might have received a similar workload in the AFC championship loss to the New England Patriots a year ago, too, had he not aggravated a knee injury that limited him to six carries, with four of them coming in the first seven minutes of the game. And Bell wants to be treated as such - even if that means threatening the end of his football career. The three-time Pro Bowler wrote that his main priority is winning a Super Bowl right now and that "what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals". When this came out, he simply wanted Steelers Nation to know he's not turning the attention to himself. Whether Pittsburgh is going to pay him or not won't be known until the offseason.


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