Steelers' Le'Veon Bell expected to get franchise tag again

Pittsburgh Steelers TE Vance McDonald

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to place the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell for the second straight year.

Both sides had sounded optimistic at various times during the offseason that they could finally be able to get a deal done this time around.

Bell has reportedly set his floor at $14.5 million per year, based on his franchise tag number.

Once tagged, the Steelers have exclusive negotiating rights with Bell and would have until July 16 reach a longterm agreement. He has already voiced his strong reluctance to sign a second franchise tag in the past.

But NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Steelers are expected to franchise tag Bell barring a dramatic turn in talks, according to sources informed of the situation.

"Bell, 26, confirmed last year he turned down a contract worth $42 million over the first three years and an average of $13.3 million over the life of the deal", Fowler wrote.

Bell, 26, will be entering his sixth National Football League season in 2018. However, the clock continues to tick in terms of getting the long-term deal Bell so desires.



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