Bell to play 2017 on Exclusive Franchise Tag

Sandy Mccarthy
July 17, 2017

The two-time All-Pro will play this upcoming season under the franchise tag.

The Steelers announced Monday afternoon that Bell will play under an exclusive franchise tag for the 2017 season.

According to a release, Bell will play the 2017 season at $12.1 million. As expected, Bell's negotiations with the Steelers pressed against the deadline of July 17 at 4 p.m. ET, a similar theme with star players such as Dez Bryant and Von Miller in recent years.

If no deal is reached, the Steelers will have the option to use the franchise tag on Bell again in 2018. If the two sides don't come to terms on a multi-year contract, Bell is unable to sign a contract longer than one year until the season ends.

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Obviously we've had discussions but to ask for "this player", no. "I am really happy with them and the idea of getting to know them better".

The issue is complicated for both sides. Early in the offseason, general manager Kevin Colbert and team president Art Rooney II made clear publicly that Bell was a part of the long-term plans.

When Bell is on the field, he is brilliant.

Well, Bell is at the top of his profession and will make the most money of any National Football League running back in 2017. Bell wants to be compensated not just for running the ball, but also paid in line with his pass-catching ability.

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