Running back Le’Veon Bell will play one more season with the Pittsburgh Steelers before becoming a free agent. The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell in February and had until 4 p.m. to Monday to agree on a long-term deal. The deal did not happen.
According to Steelers.com, Steelers General Manager Kevin Colber said in a statement, “Unfortunately, we were unable to agree to terms on a long-term contract with Le’Veon Bell prior to today’s deadline… Le’Veon is scheduled to play this year under the Exclusive Franchise Tag designation. We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season.”
Bell was voted team MVP by the Steelers because of his tremendous 2016 season. Despite playing in only 12 regular season games, he rushed for 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns. He also caught 75 passes for 616 yards, 2 for touchdowns.In all four of his NFL seasons, Bell rushed for 4,045 yards and 26 touchdowns. He caught 227 passes for 2,005 yards and 5 touchdowns.
Bell will play the 2017 season at $12.1 million.