Steelers Reportedly Place Franchise Tag on Le'Veon Bell

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After giving him franchise tag, Steelers will still try to sign Bell long term.

The Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on Bell, an unrestricted free agent, which would keep him for one more season at the average salary of the top five running backs in the league.

The Steelers haven't used the franchise tag often, and the last player who received the franchise tag was none other than placekicker Jeff Reed. With Adrian Peterson likely to be released from the Vikings in the near future, the franchise tag number for running backs could decrease from the $12 million it was previous year.

The non-exclusive tag allows both sides until July 15 to agree on a long-term deal.

- Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) February 27, 2017The #Steelers have placed the exclusive franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell, source says.

While racking up yards, Bell earned MVP consideration and national acclaim for a patient yet effective running style that showed running backs don't have to hit the hole right away. Bell will be sticking around in Pittsburgh.

Bell, 25, rushed for 1,268 yards and caught 75 passes for 616 yards in 12 games during the 2016 season and was the team's 2016 MVP.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports there has been "significant progress" on long-term contract talks between the Steelers and Antonio Brown.

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