Le'Veon Bell says he would sit out over franchise tag

Le'Veon Bell has scored 11 touchdowns this season helping the Steelers to the AFC Divisional playoff round

They certainly can do other things to alleviate that issue, such as restructuring Ben Roethlisberger's contract (he's now at $23.2 million vs. the cap in what will be his age-36 season) or releasing a few veterans.

"Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them". While Bell is still relatively young, his increased workload in recent years could mean an earlier decline. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". Any team trading for him knows what he wants to earn - last offseason, Bell suggested that he should be paid as the top running back and receive a salary boost that pays him like a top-12 receiver, considering his rare pass-catching prowess. Bell has wanted a massive contract, citing the desire to help all running backs in an era that has devalued the position. Bell said he would consider retiring, and if he did sit out a year, there likely wouldn't be a comeback in his future. That being said, it's odd to hear this come out before the Steelers' first playoff game of the season. "Value me", Bell said Thursday. 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.

He turned down an offer last offseason saying he was undervalued! He said a return to the National Football League is unlikely if he sits out the 2018 season.

The Steelers - who face the Jaguars in the Divisional Round Sunday afternoon - would have to tag Bell between February 20 and March 6, leaving them until July 16 to work out a multi-year deal. Right now, though, Bell is just trying to focus on the playoffs.

Fowler tweeted out that he took full responsibility for asking the question of Bell and then pointed out that he spoke extensively of this season and winning 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".

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