Le'Veon Bell threatens Steelers right before his playoffs start

Ross Houston
January 13, 2018

"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".

CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has been reporting for months now Bell is all but certain to get hit with the tag this offseason.

Bell is certainly one of the best running backs, and best players, in the NFL.

Bell does not now count against the cap, so adding more than $14 million would cripple them quite a bit. As it was, his 406 touches were the second-most of any National Football League player since 2009. It's an unlikely scenario, but Bell is keeping his options open, as he should. If you throw in Bell's final season at Michigan State, when he touched the ball a whopping 414 times in 13 games, his workload has been significant.

The Steelers star is now getting ready for his team's first playoff game of the season, a divisional round game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, in hope that this will lead to the team winning their first Super Bowl since the 2008 season.

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. There are no guarantees that the Steelers will get to the AFC Championship to face presumably the New England Patriots. Not as much as his talent would suggest. But Bell does not want another short-term contract solution in 2018.

That might drop his value to a Day 2 or Day 3 pick.

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. While Bell is still relatively young, his increased workload in recent years could mean an earlier decline. 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. They are not projected to receive any compensatory picks in 2018 either.

Le'Veon Bell isn't messing around.


It's only natural for a pending free agent to think of his future.

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