Steelers’ Le’Veon Bell To Sit Out Or Retire If Tagged
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell says that he would consider sitting out the entire 2018 season or retire rather than play under the franchise tag again, according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
The Steelers have a tough situation, as the most viable option may be to use the franchise tag on Bell for the 2nd straight year.
“It will eventually come down to me playing on the tag or not,” Bell said, according to Fowler.
“They tag me again, it will be me [saying], ‘OK, do I want to play on the tag or do I not want to play on the tag?’ That’s what it comes down to. If I was a free agent and they let me go, be a free agent, then yeah, I’m going to go explore free agency, test the market.”
If the Steelers do tag Bell it would likely come with a price tag of around $14.5M.
Pittsburgh has put a lot of wear and tear on Bell, giving him 404 touches this past season. If negotiations are difficult, the Steelers could choose to let Bell walk, just as the Dallas Cowboys did with DeMarco Murray a few years back.
“Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them. I’m not going to settle for anything,” Bell said. “I know what I do and what I bring to the table. I’m not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I’m not getting what I feel I’m valued at.”
“I’ve made a lot of money; I’m happy where I’m at; I’ve got a good family — I don’t really need to play football,” Bell said. “Right now, I’m just kind of doing it because I love it. Now, I’ve done everything but own a Super Bowl.”
Bell reportedly turned down an offer that would have paid him $30M over 2017 and 2018, according to Pro Football Talk.
“I don’t necessarily care about the money aspect of it. I just want to be valued where I’m at. If I am playing this game, I want to set standards for all the other running backs behind me, like Todd Gurley and Ezekiel Elliott, Melvin Gordon, guys like that. I’m a guy they can kind of look at. I feel I can do that. I’m in a position where I can do that, and I’m going to do it.”
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