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Old 01-12-2018, 07:46 AM   #1
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Le'Veon Bell says he might retire if franchised again
Originally posted on Sportsnaut | By Vincent Frank | Last updated 1/11/18

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The Pittsburgh Steelers are currently prepping to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Playoffs this upcoming weekend, but thereís some absolutely stunning news coming out of Pittsburgh relating to the contract situation of All-Pro running back LeíVeon Bell.

In a conversation with ESPN, Bell recently noted that he would consider retiring or sitting out the 2018 season if the team placed the franchise tag on him once again.

ďI hope it doesnít come to that, but I would definitely consider it,Ē Bell said, via ESPNís Jeremy Fowler.

Bell, 25, is playing under the $12.1 million franchise tag tender he signed this past summer. One of the leagueís most dominant backs, the Michigan State product is coming off a 2017 campaign that saw him put up 1,946 total yards and 11 touchdowns in 15 games.

This could very well be nothing more than Bell publicly grandstanding in hopes of signing a long-term deal with Pittsburgh prior to the March 6 deadline for the team to franchise the running back.

Then again, Bell didnít necessarily stop there.

ďJust get the numbers straight exactly where we want them. Iím not going to settle for anything,Ē Bell continued. ďI know what I do and what I bring to the table. Iím not going out here getting the ball 400 times if Iím not getting what I feel Iím valued at.Ē

Bell isnít wrong here. He wants a long-term financial commitment from the team. Having touched the ball nearly 750 times over the past two seasons, itís clear heís valuable to the Steelers on the field.

Should Pittsburgh decide to let Bell test free agency, teams like the San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns with ample cap room could make it impossible for the team to re-sign him.

This is most definitely a story to keep an eye on as the offseason gets going here in a few weeks.
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Old 01-12-2018, 05:56 PM   #2
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I really can’t stand the complaining these guys do when offered this kind of money. I get the injury issues and long term problems they face but stop acting like $12 million a year is somehow insulting.
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