Le'Veon Bell threatens Steelers right before his playoffs start

Beth Cruz
January 13, 2018

Bell said the Steelers must show that they value him in this offseason's contract negotiations. Bell might have received a similar workload in the AFC championship loss to the New England Patriots a year ago, too, had he not aggravated a knee injury that limited him to six carries, with four of them coming in the first seven minutes of the game.

According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, Bell would make $14.54 million if the Steelers franchise-tagged him again.

Bell said: "Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them".

Gurley, the Rams' Pro Bowl running back who is due to become a free agent after the 2018 season, definitely took note of Bell's comments.

Bell reportedly turned down a long-term contract a year ago because he didn't feel the Steelers valued him. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table".

The star running back carried the ball 321 times for 1,291 yards and rushing nine touchdowns this season while catching 85 passes for 766 yards and two touchdowns.

As for retirement, Bell reportedly said he "hope [s] it doesn't come to that" but that if he decides to walk away from the Steelers he'll probably just hang up his cleats. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". Bell said he would consider retiring, and if he did sit out a year, there likely wouldn't be a comeback in his future.

"I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell told ESPN this week. For Bell, that meant a salary of $12.12 million for this season.

With a strong chance at Super Bowl number seven, Pittsburgh's only focus is the game ahead and their road to a ring.

He added: "I don't necessarily care about the money aspect of it". The All-Pro back reiterated that he just wants to be properly valued. "They tag me again, it will be me (saying), 'OK, do I want to play on the tag or do I not want to play on the tag?' That's what it comes down to". I feel I can do that.

If there's a silver lining for the Steelers, it's that Bell doesn't appear eager to leave Pittsburgh.

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