Schefter: Steelers Not Close To Signing Bell Long-Term With Deadline Looming

Vincent De Villiers
Julho 17, 2017

Steelers' star running back Le'Veon Bell was designated as the team's franchise player, which gives him a one-year contract valued around $12 million - the average salary of the five highest-paid players at his position for this season.

According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, Bell is recovered from offseason core muscle surgery, and should be ready to participate from the start of camp. The Steelers could also rescind the franchise tag and sign Bell to a one-year deal worth more than the tag would pay him, but that nearly certainly isn't going to happen. Still, that does not mean Bell has to show up. While it would be Bell's right not to report to training camp if he hasn't signed his franchise tag tender by then, he really doesn't stand to gain anything by holding out being as the deadline for a new deal will have passed.

ACC preseason poll: Florida State No. 1, Clemson No. 2
Miami was the favorite to win the Coastal Division with 103 first-place votes, followed by Virginia Tech with 40. He is the youngest player to ever win the Heisman, and with the Cardinals, will host Clemson on September 16.

Pittsburgh must reach a multi-year agreement with Bell by 4 p.m. Monday.

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