No deal for Le'Veon Bell

As today's deadline approaches, the Steelers' contract negotiations with Le'Veon Bell are down to the wire

To play under franchise tag this season

Neither Le'Veon Bell or the Pittsburgh Steelers needed a multi-year contract for the star running back.

Another player who could sign a contract extension prior to the team traveling to Cleveland is tackle Alejandro Villanueva, who is now set to earn $615,000 in 2017 after being issued an exclusive rights tender ahead of the start of the 2017 league year. "We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season".

The NFL's 4 p.m. deadline for franchise tagged players to reach long-term deals with their clubs passed on Monday, leaving Bell set to make $12.1 million in base salary this season. The deadline for a deal is 4 pm ET today, and RapSheet believes it "may go down to the wire". Bell stayed away from offseason workouts while recovering from groin surgery. This means the two sides can not negotiate a long-term deal until the 2017 National Football League season draws to a conclusion. Knee injuries kept him out of the playoffs after the 2014 regular season and sidelined for 10 total games in 2015, including two playoff games. Bell did it in 47 games.

In both cases, Bell surpassed Hall of Famer Franco Harris.

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NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday that the Steelers and Bell couldn't get a deal done despite intense negotiations up to the deadline.

Bell heads up this year's Steelers backfield that includes third-round pick James Conner, free-agent acquisition Knile Davis and veteran Fitzgerald Toussaint. The Steelers begin camp July 27 in Latrobe.

Bell might have avoided the tag and received a contract extension last summer, but the second suspension slowed any progress.

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