Le'Veon Bell Rumors: 'Franchise Tag Is Likely Coming' Despite Retirement Threat

Le'Veon Bell Rumors: 'Franchise Tag Is Likely Coming' Despite Retirement Threat

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use their franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell for the second consecutive season, setting up another likely standoff with the star running back.

"I know what I do and what I bring to the table", said Bell, who waited until September 4 to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender this past season.

He told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler before Thursday's practice that he would "definitely consider" sitting out the 2018 season or even retire, although he later backed off those comments. The 25-year-old previously turned down a two-year deal worth $30 million. Despite his resistance, Rapoport notes the Steelers rarely budge on contract demands, making it unlikely Bell would win a stare-down with Pittsburgh's front office.

The running back can prep his sittin' trousers.

Now, Pittsburgh would try to work out a longterm contract with Bell if it does end up placing a franchise tag on him, but the organization tried that previous year and was not able to come to an agreement with the Reynoldsburg, Ohio native.