Breaking News: He isn’t going anywhere…. Pittsburgh Steelers
Breaking News: He isn’t going anywhere…. Pittsburgh Steelers . Le’Veon Bell, the Pittsburgh Steelers running back who led the league with 157 yards from scrimmage per game, isn’t going anywhere. Rather than let him hit free agency, the team has given Bell the franchise tag, the team announced Monday. He is projected to makejust over $12 million under the tender, which isn’t as much as he was hoping for when he released the song “Juice” last offseason.
In the rap song, Bell said he wants to make $15 million a year. However, during an interview with ESPN, Bell said, “I’m not a real greedy guy.”
“I don’t play football for money or things like that. I just want to be valued.”
Pittsburgh and Bell have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal. If both sides fail to agree to a new contract by that date, then Bell will play under the franchise tag for the 2017 season.
In December, there were reports going around saying Pittsburgh would probably use the franchise tag on the 25-year-old runner and work on signing him to a new deal in the offseason.
The two-time Pro Bowler is a game-changer at the running back position and finished fifth in the league with 1,268 yards rushing yards despite missing four games. He can line up as a receiver and catch passes out of the backfield. This past season, he hauled in 75 passes for 616 yards and two touchdowns.
Bell is a ferocious runner with speed and patience, like when he turned a potential 2-yard loss into a 5-yard gain against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 16.