Le'Veon Bell Rumors: 'Franchise Tag Is Likely Coming' Despite Retirement Threat

Three-time Pro Bowler threatens to sit out next season under one condition

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The running back later walked back those comments, but this is certainly a situation that will come to a head in the future months.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning that the Steelers are expected to franchise tag Bell for the second consecutive season.

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".

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