Tag looking more likely for Le’Veon Bell

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The Steelers tried to set an artificial deadline for a long-term deal for running back Le'Veon Bell.

An actual deadline tomorrow may force their hand.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers now appear likely to use the franchise tag on Bell by tomorrow’s deadline, marking the second year in a row for him.

That would cost them $14.5 million, and there’s no guarantee he’d be any happier about it this year than last, when he skipped offseason work, training camp and the preseason before showing up and having a good season.

The Steelers talked about trying to finish a deal before Feb. 20 (when teams could begin using the tag), but that came and went because there was no organic urgency.

Rapaport throws in the “barring a dramatic turn in talks” proviso, and there’s still time to negotiate. But it appears that with the clock ticking, Bell could be getting tagged again.

28 responses to “Tag looking more likely for Le’Veon Bell

  1. Rbs just aren’t that important anymore.

    When your Super Bowl teams have retreads Dion Lewis and Legarrette Blount, just pluck one off the street or draft you in the second round like Bell. ’18 Draft rich in RBs.

  2. fairly certain bell was the one pushing the feb 20 date. steelers don’t care. nor should they. slap him w/ the tag, run the wheels off him this year, let him walk.

  3. tomthebombtracy says:
    March 5, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Rbs just aren’t that important anymore.

    When your Super Bowl teams have retreads Dion Lewis and Legarrette Blount, just pluck one off the street or draft you in the second round like Bell. ’18 Draft rich in RBs.

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    If running back isn’t that important then why are the Steelers going to pay a running back $14.5 million this year? Say what you will about the Steelers but they are pretty good at finding and evaluating the value of talent around them. That’s part of the reason they let Mike Wallace walk years ago when his price got too high and concentrated on signing Antonio Brown before he was the best wide receiver in the game. We see the value of a running back in Arizona who could do little offensively when David Johnson got hurt, we see the value in Buffalo where Shady is their best offensive weapon and helped them to their first playoff appearance in years, we see it in Jacksonville with Fournette who changed the Jags whole offensive make up and helped their QB make better decisions, we see it in Dallas where Zeke helped make Dak look like one of the best young QB in the league last year and this year without Zeke most of the season Dak looked lost way too many times. We see the value in Chicago where Jordan Howard was their entire offense with assist at times from Tarik Cohen. And we definitely see the value in New Orleans where their 2 headed monster running back powered the Saints to the playoffs. The teams without strong running games really struggled offensively. The teams with dynamic running backs helped cover up poor passing games or at least kept the offense from fully collapsing. Team’s with a great running game and good to great QB flourished offensively.

  4. If running back isn’t that important then why are the Steelers going to pay a running back $14.5 million this year?

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    Because they’re insane and they are grasping at straws because the clock is ticking on Roethlisberger’s career and they haven’t been to a SB in what would be considered forever by their standards.

  5. “Tag and trade for a #1 pick”

    Hilarious. What team would both pay Bell what he wants, roughly 17.5 mil a year I believe, and give up a #1 on top of that?

    You people are dreaming.

  6. the narrative that he skipped camp, and all that, is false.

    the steelers preferred to offer him certain rights.

    and bell said, ‘i agree this is great.’

  7. A guaranteed 14 million? He should run and sign. Teams like NE wins by bringing in a Dion Lewis who has been cut twice before, Legarrette Blount from Tampa and the list would go on. They could easily spend that money on there overrated defense

  8. It’s looking very grim for us that want Bell back. I don’t know why any sports casters have covered this, but yesterday his Twitter was changed to say “free agent RB” and today as of 2 hours ago he posted “Retiring sounds great”. We won’t have Bell back it doesn’t look like.

  9. good…Tag him and I hope he sits out all off season again and the regular season too for that matter……….I would NOT pay him a big deal as he’s one strike away from a year long suspension from the NFL……….

  10. That would cost them $14.5 million, and there’s no guarantee he’d be any happier about it this year than last, when he skipped offseason work, training camp and the preseason before showing up and having a good season.
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    right, he had a “good” season, no where near a $14 million one though, even including his moronic rapping.

  11. If the Steelets pay any RB $14.5 M per year then they are more foolish than I thought. let Bell pay for some scrub team for that kind of coin

  12. When you have a legit HOF QB like Ben Roethlisberger, your RB’s are going to look better because defenses have to key on the pass. Last year Alvin Kamara and Kareem Hunt both were drafted in the 3rd round. The Steelers have been able to steal excellent skilled guys after round one. I’d just tell my scouts to go out and find another RB. If you don’t trust your scouts, get out your checkbook and pay for Bell.

  13. Funny how fans of teams say a player isn’t worth that much, passed his prime, good luck finding success somewhere else, yet then says let’s trade him for a top 1st rounder. Lol. If you don’t think he’s that valuable, why would an organization worth a top QST round pick think the same. Amazing.

  14. 6thsense10 says:
    March 5, 2018 at 9:30 am
    tomthebombtracy says:
    March 5, 2018 at 8:49 am
    Rbs just aren’t that important anymore.

    When your Super Bowl teams have retreads Dion Lewis and Legarrette Blount, just pluck one off the street or draft you in the second round like Bell. ’18 Draft rich in RBs.

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    If running back isn’t that important then why are the Steelers going to pay a running back $14.5 million this year?

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    Exactly.

  15. Trouble with players as Bell who want to run their typing fingers on tweeter threatening to quit football what a joke. Teams should get together and when these players want to threaten quitting let them go, the game continues the talent continues. Running backs are plenty, since the collective barging players have gotten full of themselves.

  16. stairwayto7 says:
    March 5, 2018 at 9:09 am
    Tag him, trade to Giant for #2 pick and draft Barkley!
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    fsstnotch says:
    March 5, 2018 at 9:14 am
    Tag and trade for a #1 pick
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    That’s not how it works…that’s not how any of this works. Are you guys even remotely familiar with the Franchise tag?

  17. Non-Exclusive Tag, let him negotiate…if price is too high, save the cap space & take the 2 first rounders. Bell’s good, but not worth what he’s expecting.

  18. I fully expect the steelers to offer the non exclusive. Allow him to shop himself. No team is giving up 2 #1 picks. Then when they draft a RB in the 2nd round, rescind the tag and let him go. By playing the non exclusive tag, they aren’t screwed if they are unable to get a RB in the draft.

  19. For those posting about Bell’s Twitter posts, you might want to make sure you are following his official Twitter page. It’s just a thought considering the page making the claims, as posted above, only has 46 followers. It’s just food for thought.

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