Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Le'Veon Bell turns focus back to Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl

Le'Veon Bell turns focus back to Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl

Bell had 1,844 scrimmage yards, 11 total touchdowns and 85 receptions this past season, so he has a valid point about be valued. Bell's tag this season was $12.1 million, so $14.5 million isn't outrageous.

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it", he said before Thursday's practice.

Bell's earning power may never be higher than it is this offseason, so it's little surprise he's willing to do whatever it takes to get as much money as possible-whether from the Steelers or another team. He added that he'd "probably be done" playing football if he sat out all of 2018. Before any contract negotiations start, however, the Steelers and Bell face the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Divisional Round of the playoffs on Sunday in Pittsburgh.

"I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell told ESPN this week. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".

The Steelers rode Le'Veon Bell hard in the team's first two playoffs games last season, giving him the ball 59 times in the victories over the Miami Dolphins and Kansas City Chiefs. If Bell did sit out 2018 if he's tagged again, he'd be turning down a deal that far surpasses what any other back will be getting.

The Steelers - who face the Jaguars in the Divisional Round Sunday afternoon - would have to tag Bell between February 20 and March 6, leaving them until July 16 to work out a multi-year deal.

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Bell finished second in the league with 1,946 yards from scrimmage.


When Fowler asked the question, all Bell had to do was say he isn't thinking about the offseason and move to his talk of the Super Bowl. Teams can tag a player between February 20 and March 6, after which they would have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal. "I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'm going to do it".

With a strong chance at Super Bowl number seven, Pittsburgh's only focus is the game ahead and their road to a ring.

Bell clarified his comments with a tweet later Thursday. Perhaps it was his way of trying to show how committed he is to wanting to stay in Pittsburgh for the long-haul and win it all this year.

"I don't necessarily care about the money aspect of it".

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