PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have educated Le’Veon Bell that they will utilize the franchise tag to him for the next consecutive 12 months in the absence of an unlikely offer by Tuesday’s deadline, Bell instructed ESPN.
The Steelers have increased very last year’s prolonged-term deal give but Bell’s floor is now $14.5 million for each calendar year, dependent on the projected tag number for a running back again.
“We are not coming to a number we both of those agree on — they are way too low, or I guess they come to feel I’m way too high,” Bell mentioned. “I’m participating in for strictly my value to the workforce. That’s what I’m inquiring. I never assume I ought to settle for anything at all significantly less than what I’m valued at.”
Bell explained he wasn’t bluffing when he told ESPN in January that he’ll contemplate retirement if asked to play on the tag a further calendar year. All choices are on the desk.
“I just have to determine if I am likely to participate in when the time will come,” Bell explained.
Bell, 26, verified final calendar year he turned down a deal value $42 million around the first 3 several years and an regular of $13.3 million more than the everyday living of the deal. Even his mother wanted him to indicator it. Bell practically did.
Because then, the Steelers are nearer but not rather in which Bell wishes them to be with an present — however Bell provides both sides are negotiating in earnest.
Bell programs to adhere to his selection — which he is not revealing — and is accounting for every thing. Questioned about his standards for assessing that value, Bell explained:
He is placing up additional yards for each sport than any NFL participant (his profession typical of 128.9 yards from scrimmage for each recreation is the most effective since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger).
He performs just about every down and mainly fills the role of 3 backs.
His existence retains the defense off guard due to the fact he can line up anyplace on any participate in, “leading to consistent mismatches every single down,” he stated.
He’s an elite go-blocker and No. 2 receiver.
The Steelers are undefeated when he will get 25 or more carries.
His recreation will age well due to the fact he can make performs not entirely off athleticism, but “with my intellect.”
“I’m the 1 to guess on myself. And I will do it again,” Bell mentioned. “I recognize how the Steelers do contracts. Last year, I was pounding the table on confirmed funds. Which is not the case. If I’m not obtaining certain funds, I want a whole lot extra up entrance. … It is yr-to-12 months with the Steelers. Fundamentally if I signal a four- or five-yr deal, I’m participating in four or 5 franchise tags.
“Previously I mentioned I felt we would get a single done, and this 12 months we are a good deal closer than previous calendar year. In good spirit, I sense we can get some thing carried out. But unless of course a thing drastic variations, it will not likely be [this week].”
Bell is component of the “Killer B’s” trio for the Steelers, alongside Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, whose very long-time period contracts incorporate to pay about $37 million per year. Bell needs to join them.
“The two of people men received what they deserved,” Bell said. “I experience I am subsequent in line.”
Bell believes the Steelers understand his value but he senses his negotiations are viewed as a result of the prism of the managing again market, in which Atlanta‘s Devonta Freeman is the game’s best paid at $8.25 million for every calendar year. Freeman has averaged 96.9 yards from scrimmage for each game around the past three seasons.
Bell claimed the constraints of the operating back sector usually are not his performing and never encapsulate his profile as a player.
“They are working with it as me currently being in comparison to one more running back again or my status or what Devonta Freeman has. I can’t control what he’s done on the subject,” Bell claimed. “I only can control what I consider I am worthy of and what I’ve carried out on the industry. That’s in which the trouble lies. ‘Freeman’s making this, we are unable to give you this.’ … To me, which is not fair. I did not signal Devonta’s deal. Which is the position I’m in. I want to make my personal determination.”
That decision will get more substantial if he finds himself devoid of a deal in late July. All options are on the desk, Bell mentioned, which include reporting 7 days 10, the deadline for tagged players to obtain any type of payment for 2018 if the tag is not signed.
“It’d certainly be tricky to go up,” Bell said of the $14.5 million.