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Franchise tagged Le'Veon Bell to Steelers: See you in Week 1

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Rita Gibson | 09 March, 2018, 13:28

"When the end of July comes, wherever we're at... if I sign, everybody'll be happy, but if not, I guess I gotta play it by ear", Bell said.

Bell turned down a long-term deal with the Steelers last summer and told ESPN in January he would consider retiring if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him again.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to slap the franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell in advance of Tuesday's deadline, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.

He skipped offseason workouts and training camp last summer before signing the tender on the eve of the regular season.

The Steelers officially placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back?

Bell, 26, has totaled at least 1,800 yards from scrimmage in two straight seasons.

Bell also took to Instagram after being tagged, stating "It's just a re-run of a year ago". He reportedly is looking to ink a long-term deal worth $14.5 million annually at the minimum, but while he will make in that neighborhood in 2018, it will still be in the limbo of the franchise tag. I'm not going to [training] camp.

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The good news is that the Steelers and Bell have made progress from last offseason. I'm not doing nothing else extra, OTAs [Organised Team Activities], none of that.

"Yes, I am going to stay in Pittsburgh", Bell said.

"I'm going to strictly go to what I have to go to". Bell averaged 60 rushing yards, 18.7 receiving yards, and just one TD through the first three weeks. I want to win every game.

The Pittsburgh Steelers crept back into the black in terms of salary cap space on Wednesday when they restructured the contract of Antonio Brown.

Bell went on to rush for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns, as well as catch 85 passes, in the 15 games he played before sitting out the finale to rest ahead of the playoffs.

"I'm a guy who has to stand firm at what I really feel I'm valued at so the running back market can be where it needs to be", Bell said.

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