Steelers place franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell for second year in row

The Steelers officially placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell for the second consecutive year on Tuesday, the last day for teams to use the designation.
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The tag for Bell is worth $14.544 million for the 2018 season. The Steelers and Bell have until July 16 to agree to a multiyear contract or he will have to play the season on the franchise tag.
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The Steelers increased last year’s long-term contract offer, but Bell adjusted his contractual floor to $14.5 million per year to align with his tag salary. He won’t play for a contract that averages less annually, he said.

We’re not coming to a number we both agree on — they are too low, or I guess they feel I’m too high, Bell told ESPN on Monday. I’m playing for strictly my value to the team. That’s what I’m asking. I don’t think I should settle for anything less than what I’m valued at.

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