The Pittburgh Steelers have reportedly place the franchise tag on running backLe'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Bell has now become the third player to encounter a franchise tag on Monday as both the Arizona Cardinals and Carolina Panthers have tabbed their respective players as well.
Bell rushed for 1,268 yards (4.9-yard average) and caught 75 passes for another 616 yards last season, becoming the first player in National Football League history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game. Once Bell signs the one-year franchise tender, it is guaranteed and can only be replaced by a long-term deal. With Adrian Peterson likely to be released from the Vikings in the near future, the franchise tag number for running backs could decrease from the $12 million it was previous year.
At that time, Colbert said surgery to fix the injury was still on the table, but Bell and the team have since decided against a surgical fix.
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But I also think he can improve: giving options to the midfield players and threat to the defenders. A few teams have had theirs. "That experience might help us".
Using the tag was always the likely outcome for the Steelers as the sides work toward a new deal.
The Steelers have locked up Le'Veon Bell for the year. He previously also set a team regular season record with 236 yards rushing in a win at Buffalo last season.
Because wide receiver Antonio Brown is entering the final year of his contract, general manager Kevin Colbert made his offensive stars a priority. The Vikings are considering releasing Peterson rather than pay him that salary after he appeared in just three games in 2016 because of a knee injury.