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

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

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it", Bell said.

The Steelers tagged Bell last offseason, ultimately locking him into a $12.1 million, one-year contract after they did not agree to a multi-year deal ahead of the July 17 National Football League deadline. He was slated to hit the open market past year before the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him, fearful he would sign elsewhere.

Bell rushed for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards, with 11 total touchdowns in the 2017 season but doesn't seem bothered by the idea of leaving the game of football in his prime. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". "I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell told ESPN.

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Bell is seeking a new long-term contract. Bell already turned down a deal that reportedly would have given him $30 million guaranteed over the first two seasons. Bell sat out virtually all of training camp this summer before returning to the team September 1. It also means if Pittsburgh loses to the Jaguars on Sunday's, it could be Bell's last. But we still can envision the Steelers using the tag - not to sign him to an extension, which the team and he failed to reach this past offseason, but rather as a way of shackling Bell for a trade. "I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'm going to do it".

The team did have a long-term offer on the table until July 18, the deadline for franchise player designees to avoid playing this season under the tag by inking a different deal. "Right now, I'm just kind of doing it because I love it".

Bell clarified his comments with a tweet later Thursday. "I can care less about what happens after this season.my biggest thing I'm focused on is this team I'm on right now, playing for/with my brothers, & bringing back a 7th ring! what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals". If Pittsburgh does go the distance this year, nothing tends to stretch a team's pockets more than coming off a Super Bowl win the year before.

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