The running back later walked back those comments, but this is certainly a situation that will come to a head in the future months.
Le'Veon Bell said last week he would consider sitting out the 2018 season if the Pittsburgh Steelers franchise tagged him again.
"I know what I do and what I bring to the table", said Bell, who waited until September 4 to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender this past season.
If Bell plays on the tag in back-to-back seasons he'll make $26 million.
Bell engaged in a much-publicized holdout last summer when Pittsburgh chose to slap a franchise tag on him, missing training camp and preseason and returning shortly before the regular season began.
According to Fowler, Bell turned down a contract offer that would have given him up to $30 million in the first two years during negotiations last offseason "because he felt the team didn't value his full skill set".