Bell threatens to sit or retire if franchise tagged again

Le’Veon Bell says next year is ‘irrelevant’ after franchise tag comments

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it", Bell told Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.

Bell earned $12.1 million on the franchise tag in 2017. After being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Bell made less than $1 million in base salary in each of his first four seasons, even as he emerged as one of the NFL's top running backs. It's a contest in which Bell, who was rested in Week 17, will once again head Pittsburgh's ground game, and that's his (and the team's) current focus. Bell will be on a track to free agency unless the Steelers strike a long-term deal with him or use the tag again to try to get another one-year contract.

Bell said he would "probably be done" with football if he did sit out 2018. Bell's desire with regards to the terms of a new contract is simple: for the team to show that it values everything he brings to the table. These comments went viral, and Bell took to Twitter in an attempt to defuse the situation.

Regardless of how Bell plays on Sunday, it's clear this is on his mind. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".

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Bell reportedly turned down a multi-year contract from the Steelers prior to last year's deadline that would have paid him roughly $30 million in the first two years and $42 million through the first three years of the deal. He's as risky a runner as he is a pass catcher and he wants to be compensated as such. "Right now, I'm just kind of doing it because I love it. I just want to be valued where I'm at", per ESPN.

"I don't necessarily care about the money aspect of it", explains Bell.

If there's a silver lining for the Steelers, it's that Bell doesn't appear eager to leave Pittsburgh. But he doesn't have any intention of staying if he doesn't get the kind of long-term deal he feels he deserves. But whenever Pittsburgh's 2017 season ends, Bell's future with the team will be the biggest story line of the offseason (assuming Roethlisberger doesn't retire). It's an unlikely scenario, but Bell is keeping his options open, as he should.

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