Doesn't want to play under franchise tag in 2018

Doesn't want to play under franchise tag in 2018

Le'Veon Bell is playing the 2017 season under the franchise tag.

Earlier on Thursday, ESPN Pittsburgh Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler shared Le'Veon Bell's comments about not playing next season if he was franchise-tagged again. Bell's desire with regards to the terms of a new contract is simple: for the team to show that it values everything he brings to the table.

"Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them".

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it", Bell told ESPN Thursday. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". At that time, Bell made it clear that he expected to be paid as both a starting running back and a No. 2 wide receiver being as catches so many passes. The 321 rushing attempts represented a career high for Bell, the most since he tallied 290 rushing attempts in 2014. Even with Antonio Brown having an MVP-caliber season, one could argue that Bell is Pittsburgh's most important offensive player.

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Bell said he would "probably be done" with football if he did sit out 2018. "If I was a free agent and they let me go, be a free agent, then yeah, I'm going to go explore free agency, test the market".

Bell reportedly turned down a long-term contract previous year because he didn't feel the Steelers valued him. That's particularly true for a player like Bell who has averaged over 300 touches per year during his first five seasons in the league. In any case, Bell's next contract is not something that will be settled in short order, with the Steelers preparing for Sunday's divisional-round playoff game against the Jaguars. Bell is willing to hold out much longer than that - but for now his focus remains on one thing: Bringing another Lombardi Trophy to Pittsburgh. I'm a guy they can kind of look at. "Right now, I'm just kind of doing it because I love it. I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'm going to do it".

As a result, Bell was tagged in 2017 for $12.1 million.

"I want to be here, finish my career here", Bell said.

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