Le'Veon Bell And Steelers Fail To Reach Agreement On Long Term Deal

Bell will get the franchise tag for the 2nd year in a row

Jeff Hathhorn
July 16, 2018 - 4:42 pm

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - Four o’clock came and went for the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell and like last year, no deal was made between the two parties.

Bell will have to accept the franchise tag and the $14.5 million salary that comes with it this season.

The NFL Network’s Ian Rappaport says Bell’s agent told him the Steelers decided to pay the position, not the player.  The agent also believes this will be his last year with the Steelers. says Bell’s agent told him the Steelers decided to pay the position, not the player.  The agent also believes this will be his last year with the Steelers.

Bell said on Twitter. “to all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler...both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times...to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let (you) down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date...”

The Steelers said in a statement “Even though we could not reach a long-term contract agreement with Le’Veon Bell, we are excited he will be with the team in 2018.

They add they will attempt to sign Bell to a long-term contract after the completion of the 2018 season.

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