The Pittsburgh Steelers will use their franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell after the current NFL season. If franchise tagged, he’ll earn about $12.4 million but both sides can agree to a long-term deal when the running back hits free agency in 2017.
Bell is one of the best running backs in the NFL and the Steelers want to stick with him. This will cost the Steelers big money, with rumors that Bell could demand a contract similar to that of Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson, who is on a six-year $85.3M deal.
Le’Veon Bell to become one of NFL’s highest paid RB
Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen of ESPN state that the Steelers will try to franchise tag Bell but work on a long-term extension this offseason. The ESPN NFL analysts believe that Bell can easily become the highest paid running back in the league or among the top RB’s paid.
According to the report, the Steelers do not negotiate during the season as a team policy. Bell will have to wait until the offseason before he can negotiate his first huge contract in the NFL.
Bell made the NFL Pro Bowl team and First Team All-Pro in 2014. For his career, he has 3,830 rushing yards, 1,952 receiving yards with 29 total touchdowns. In 10 games this season, Bell has 1,053 rushing yards on 218 carries with six rushing touchdowns plus 563 receiving yards on 67 catches with a touchdown.
Bell is earning less than a million dollars in the final year of his contract with the Steelers. He signed with Pittsburgh in 2013 a deal worth just over $4.1 million and due for a big salary increase in the 2017 offseason.
For the current season, Le’Veon Bell is being paid less compared to 34 other running backs in the league. Many rank Bell as among the best RB’s in the league, a list that includes David Johnson of the Arizona Cardinals and Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys.
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