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Le’Veon Bell gets franchise tag from Steelers

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The Steelers weren’t expected to let running back Le’Veon Bell hit the open market when the new league year gets underway next month so it comes as no surprise that he’s the latest player to receive a franchise tag.

The Steelers have placed a franchise tag on Bell and, per multiple reports, it is the exclusive variety. That gives them until July 15 to work out a long-term contract before Bell would be left with the choice of playing out the year on the franchise tender, working out a different one-year deal or sitting out.

The franchise tender for Bell should come in at somewhere over $12.3 million. Because the Steelers went the exclusive route, Bell cannot be signed by another team even if they were willing to pony up the required two first-round picks as compensation.

Bell’s always been productive when he’s been on the field for the Steelers since they made him the 48th pick of the 2013 draft. Injuries and suspensions have kept him off the field at times over that span and those absences could create some concern on the team’s end about an extended deal.

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  1. chipper41 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:10 PM

    he’s a baller and now can afford to buy the best weed possible for the rest of his life

  2. nhpats says: Feb 27, 2017 4:12 PM

    $12.3M for a RB? Crazy….

  3. jackedupboonie says: Feb 27, 2017 4:13 PM

    So if he rushes and signs right now this moment, is that 12.3 guaranteed baring say criminal arrest?

  4. blitzinc43 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    As a close friend of the organization I feel as though he will have a down year next year, making the Tag a good investment to position the organization for a future long term deal.

  5. clashpoint says: Feb 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    I think most everyone saw this coming, but they’ll finish off Brown’s contract first. They’ll also try to resign Timmons cheap, then word is they’ll try to sign Alejandro Villanueva to something long term. It’s rare when the Steelers have the cap room they have right now, but getting Villanueva done will lock up the whole offensive line for the next two years. Can we start next year yet?!

    Go Steelers!

  6. steelcurtainn says: Feb 27, 2017 4:19 PM

    When healthy, there’s no better back in the league. He’s just needs to stay healthy in the playoffs so he can stack up a couple championship rings.

  7. jag1959 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:22 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:13 PM
    So if he rushes and signs right now this moment, is that 12.3 guaranteed baring say criminal arrest?
    _____________________

    Good for you, you finally got one right!

    Not a Steelers fan but Bell is worth every dime, he’s one of the best play makers in the game.

  8. thun5der says: Feb 27, 2017 4:28 PM

    Steelcurtain, Brady isnt retiring

  9. bengals1974 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:32 PM

    As I said, you got to sign him. 12 mill a year wouldn’t be the worst thing really.

  10. emmitt22bates40 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:33 PM

    This is the beginning of the end for Bell in Pittsburgh. Malcontent is getting ready to set in. Should’ve been given at least a four year deal.

  11. chippys lost binky says: Feb 27, 2017 4:35 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:12 PM
    $12.3M for a RB? Crazy….
    ++++++++++++++++++++++

    Not if that back is Bell or David Johnson it’s not.

  12. 6thsense10 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:36 PM

    nhpats says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:12 PM
    $12.3M for a RB? Crazy….

    ——–‘-
    $12.3 million for arguably the best running back in the NFL is not crazy. What is wrong with you people? Bell put the team on his back last year and carried them into the playoffs during the last half of the season. He has esrned every penny coming to him.

  13. citizenstrange says: Feb 27, 2017 4:37 PM

    Great! So now Tomlin can run him till the wheels come off again.

    1) 16o yards rushing against the Dolpins
    2) 170 yards rushing against the Chiefs (sadly ZERO TDs for the Steelers … that’s just how good Big Ben is)
    3) BROKEN for the Patriots.

    That some great coaching there Trip Tomlin!

  14. heartofsteel36 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:46 PM

    Yes, he’s that good. A threat in the backfield, a threat out of the backfield, and one of the most patient runners I have ever seen. As long as he is on the field, he makes the offense much more explosive. The franchise tag was simply used to provide more time for a long term deal. He’ll be signed long-term to a more cap-friendly number, knowing the cap will continue to increase in future years to accomodate the annual increase. Great signing and no matter what any fan from the other 31 teams may troll here, they’d droll to have Bell on their team…

  15. nhpats says: Feb 27, 2017 4:48 PM

    6thsense10 says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:36 PM
    nhpats says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:12 PM
    $12.3M for a RB? Crazy….

    ——–‘-
    $12.3 million for arguably the best running back in the NFL is not crazy. What is wrong with you people? Bell put the team on his back last year and carried them into the playoffs during the last half of the season. He has esrned every penny coming to him.

    ————————

    No disrespect to Bell but no RB is worth that much….. Better to invest in an offensive line….. There are plenty of serviceable RBs in the league. Just look at how much the Patriots pay for Blount/White/Lewis combined…..

  16. stairwayto7 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:53 PM

    Bell will get run into ground like Murray did for Dallas. Expect 350+ touches for Bell

  17. blah773 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:55 PM

    bell, brown, bryant, ‘berger…

    giddyup

  18. exinsidetrader says: Feb 27, 2017 4:56 PM

    Great RB, but they still looked incredibly out-coached and out-classed against the Patriots.

  19. holeinone09 says: Feb 27, 2017 4:59 PM

    Bell is arguably the best all-around RB in the league today. The Steelers will absolutely try to sign him long-term, and hopefully something will get worked out. For once in a long time, they have cap room to accomplish some key signings including AB and AV. Improve their DBs and the team will be very talented going into the season. Many young defensive players improved greatly last year, and when combined with the offensive firepower they can have, they should be a very strong team.

  20. tedmurph says: Feb 27, 2017 5:02 PM

    Special player, probably best in the league. What was the last Super Bowl won by a team with one of the top 3 RBS on the league? Not to mention the injuries and suspensions. I wouldn’t have done it.

  21. cosmicredneck81 says: Feb 27, 2017 5:02 PM

    Stairwayto7 I agree and after he’s used up the eagles will take em the next year for a monster contract and he’ll flop

  22. steelcurtainn says: Feb 27, 2017 5:07 PM

    Steelcurtain, Brady isnt retiring.
    _______________________
    They said the same thing 10 years ago when Pittsburgh was picking up its 2 championships and Brady was on a 10 year skid.

  23. mzew233 says: Feb 27, 2017 5:14 PM

    Will the Steelers beat the Patriots?

    No, no they will not. Waste of money

  24. thedangerouskitchen says: Feb 27, 2017 5:16 PM

    steelcurtainn says:
    Feb 27, 2017 5:07 PM
    Steelcurtain, Brady isnt retiring.
    _______________________
    They said the same thing 10 years ago when Pittsburgh was picking up its 2 championships and Brady was on a 10 year skid.

    —————————————-

    And there you have it. A “skid” for Brady is losing the SB a couple times and getting eliminated in the AFCCS a bunch more, rarely less than that. Its a whole different standard no other team can even think about. So again…Brady isnt retiring.

  25. IsMyNoseRed? says: Feb 27, 2017 5:18 PM

    blah773 says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:55 PM
    bell, brown, bryant, ‘berger…

    giddyup
    ****************
    How many games suspended do they have combined?

  26. heartofsteel36 says: Feb 27, 2017 5:25 PM

    tedmurph says:
    Feb 27, 2017 5:02 PM
    Special player, probably best in the league. What was the last Super Bowl won by a team with one of the top 3 RBS on the league? Not to mention the injuries and suspensions. I wouldn’t have done it.

    ———————————————————————–
    If that’s the way you want to look at things, sure. Eh, OK point….I suppose.

    What you are missing is that the Steelers will now have a Top 5 QB/RB/WR for the next 3-4 years or so, with arguably a Top 5 offensive line.

  27. tedmurph says: Feb 27, 2017 5:30 PM

    # of times the steelers have gotten thru Brady/ Belichick on their way to the Super Bowl? ZERO.

    Number of times the Pats have broken the steelers dreams on the way to a Championship? Three. And the steelers were lucky Brady went down in 2008. They would have beaten them like a drum then too. Like they always do.

  28. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Feb 27, 2017 5:32 PM

    “exinsidetrader says:
    Feb 27, 2017 4:56 PM

    Great RB, but they still looked incredibly out-coached and out-classed against the Patriots.”

    That is a very cheap shot. You were not paying attention to the game at all. The fact is that the Steelers did not have the personnel to play man coverage against Brady. Nothing whatsoever to do with being out-coached and especially out-classed. What an incredibly cowardly and ignorant comment you made.

  29. gogreenbiotch says: Feb 27, 2017 5:42 PM

    No running back is worth 12 miles, but I am guessing they will work something out long term before the deadline. Bell, when healthy is 1 or 1a with Johnson. Steelers have done a good job so far

  30. tedmurph says: Feb 27, 2017 5:44 PM

    What you are missing is that the Steelers will now have a Top 5 QB/RB/WR for the next 3-4 years or so, with arguably a Top 5 offensive line.

    ———————-
    That may be true, if nobody gets hurt or suspended, and giving Bell big money doesn’t scare you. And Tomlin’s still the coach. The steelers have won 3 playoff gms in the last 6 yrs. The ‘vaunted’ offense scored 18 against KC, and 17 against the Pats. I understand Bell was hurt early, but I’m not sure kit would have made any difference. It was 33-9 in the 4th qtr, or something like that. If you think they’re on the right track, well, OK. We shall see. I think they might be better off spending a little money on the D, but that’s just me.

  31. tedmurph says: Feb 27, 2017 5:52 PM

    Green Bay does the same thing. Let’s just sign our own guys. You know what? It ain’t good enough. You have a guy like ARodgers, only 10-7 in the playoffs with 1 ring, while he has more talent than anyone that’s come along in years. Polian did the same thing with Manning. Paid all the O players, outscored everyone in the regular season to go 14-2, and then tanked in the playoffs, exact for the time they beat the Bears, led by RGrossman.

  32. steelcurtainn says: Feb 27, 2017 5:55 PM

    Number of times the Pats have broken the steelers dreams on the way to a Championship? Three. And the steelers were lucky Brady went down in 2008. They would have beaten them like a drum then too. Like they always do.
    _________________________________
    You cannot predict what would have happen in 2008, no one can. Bottomline: The Steelers were world champs with one of the hardest schedules ever given. Big Ben has lost two of them games. Once as a ROOKIE and the other last year with no leveon bell. They came up short more because of the Steelers defense, not the qb. The pats really lucked out this year off Atlanta mistakes showing they really aren’t invincible and the Steelers can indeed beat them with the right defensive changes.

  33. cribbage12 says: Feb 27, 2017 6:03 PM

    Bell is half the back Lacy is.

    But Eddie will lose 30 lbs and Ted will bring him back on a smallish one year prove-it deal. And Eddie will have a better year than Bell. You herd it here first.

  34. ikeclanton says: Feb 27, 2017 6:08 PM

    If they don’t improve their defense, none of this will matter.

  35. hereismyid says: Feb 27, 2017 6:11 PM

    Given:

    – how short the shelf life is for running backs have in the NFL

    – Tomlin’s proclivity to run running backs until the wheels come off (see Bell last season)

    – how Bell has ended the past three seasons on injury

    Why would the Steelers think about signing him long term?

    The franchise tag is the best option here:

    – You get to sign the best running back for the price of the average of the top five running back

    – You get one more year while Bell is in premium form

    – You aren’t committing yourself to additional years beyond 2017 when Bell becomes a shadow of his former self.

  36. electricboogalo says: Feb 27, 2017 6:15 PM

    That’s Adrian Peterson money.

  37. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 27, 2017 6:52 PM

    sorry but the only tag deserves is a ankle braclet. put this drug smoker in jail and throw away the key.

  38. straighcashhomey says: Feb 27, 2017 6:56 PM

    All money tied up in cap now. Defense needs alot of help and no money left

  39. tedmurph says: Feb 27, 2017 7:15 PM

    Boy those Pats really seem to get lucky a lot on the way to all those championships. Maybe they’re just a little tougher, and make the plays when it counts. Naaahhh, must be luck.

  40. nhpats says: Feb 27, 2017 7:33 PM

    What has SteelCurtain possibly seen that leads him to believe a Mike Tomlin coached team belongs on the same field as the Patriots? BB beats Tomlin’s teams like a drum and makes it look easy…

  41. thisoneguy1 says: Feb 27, 2017 7:53 PM

    cribbage12 says:
    Bell is half the back Lacy is. But Eddie will lose 30 lbs and Ted will bring him back on a smallish one year prove-it deal. And Eddie will have a better year than Bell. You herd it here first.

    I’ve been a Packers fan since likely before you were born and that might be the most ludicrous statement I’ve seen in some time.
    Eddie Lacey is nowhere near the back Le’Veon Bell is. If Lacey couldn’t get it together on a contract year — he re-gained most of the weight he lost by Week 2 of the regular season before getting hurt — then why will he suddenly get it together now? Don’t kid yourself that his weight doesn’t contribute to his ankle issues.
    TT may sign Lacy to a small, one-year deal IF there is no market for him anywhere else, but the chances of him out-performing Bell are slim, especially with the versatile Ty Montgomery slated to see his share of snaps.
    By the way, unless we’re talking cows, I think you meant “heard” it here first, not “herd.”

  42. hereismyid says: Feb 27, 2017 8:16 PM

    # of times the steelers have gotten thru Brady/ Belichick on their way to the Super Bowl? ZERO.

    Number of times the Pats have broken the steelers dreams on the way to a Championship? Three. And the steelers were lucky Brady went down in 2008. They would have beaten them like a drum then too. Like they always do.
    ————

    Yes, in terms of winning, the Patriots are the best run organization in football. Yes, if the Patriots meet up with the Steelers in the playoffs next season, there is a very strong chance the Patriots will win. Nevertheless, the Steelers should continue to be the best they can be.

    There is a ton of randomness in football – injuries, getting old quicker than expected, not aging as expected (see Brady), strength of schedule changes, etc. If that Patriots falter for whatever reason, the Steelers can grab that opportunity and win it. Nothing wrong with winning the Super Bowl because the best team in football wasn’t healthy or was unlucky.

    There is a good chance the Patriots won’t be in the Super Bowl next season, just the reality of being a team in the NFL.

  43. Slapshot says: Feb 27, 2017 8:19 PM

    No brainer. The team couldn’t afford NOT to do this deal with him and the one with AB. They’re the two best players at their position.

  44. tangotwo22 says: Feb 27, 2017 8:42 PM

    Crazy in the salary cap era to lay a running back 12.3 million.I don’t care how good he is or might be or if he promises never to get hurt or smoke weed.

  45. carloswlassiter says: Feb 27, 2017 8:45 PM

    With the AB deal and this one, the Steelers will be formidable in 2017 just like they always are.

  46. wmnf says: Feb 27, 2017 9:14 PM

    I’ll try my best not to laugh hysterically when I type this but didn’t a Steeler season end on a 8 yard hahahahahahohohohhahahahahahahohohohoho slant to Demaryius Thomas……..

    They ain’t beating BB or TB anytime soon.

  47. cannonballdookie says: Feb 27, 2017 11:18 PM

    Well can he stay on the field, and most importantly be healthy when the team needs him most?

  48. takeyourpunishmentandquitwhininglikeababy says: Feb 28, 2017 8:21 AM

    Steelers are locked and loaded. They’ve just secure the exact team that got clown stomped by the Patriots.

  49. steelcurtainn says: Feb 28, 2017 9:26 AM

    What has SteelCurtain possibly seen that leads him to believe a Mike Tomlin coached team belongs on the same field as the Patriots?
    ________________________________
    Big Ben, AB and Leveon Bell. Should I say more. Oh home field always helps to which the pats seem to get. It’s benefited New England who played in a lame afc east for more then a decade.

  50. straighcashhomey says: Feb 28, 2017 11:42 AM

    steelcurtain- dude give it a rest. Pats own Steelers.

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