PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to place the franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell for the second straight year.
The team has until Tuesday to use the franchise tag, which would prevent Bell from becoming a free agent
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is reporting Bell would receive $14.5 million in 2018. However, there is no guarantee Bell will sign the agreement.
The franchise tag, Bell’s second in two years, is slated to be $14.544M. Now the question is when he’ll sign it… https://t.co/JRoXKB2gXn
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 5, 2018
“We’re not coming to a number we both agree on — they are too low, or I guess they feel I’m too high,” Bell said, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com. “I’m playing for strictly my value to the team, that’s what I’m asking. I don’t think I should settle for anything less than what I’m valued at.”
He has also previously threatened to retire or sit out the 2018 season if the team uses its franchise tag on him again.
On Monday night, Bell sent out a tweet to fans saying, “I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt!”
Pittsburgh: the city that took in a 21-year old kid from small-town Ohio, the city I battled thru adversity in, the city that I became a man in. I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt! #26Forever pic.twitter.com/mhs2ikpK71
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) March 6, 2018
The team used the franchise tab on Bell last year and he held out until Sept. 4, before signing a $12.1 million, one-year tender.