Le'Veon Bell threatens Steelers right before his playoffs start

Le'Veon Bell unsure about Steelers future

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell says he'd consider sitting out season, retiring if he's franchise tagged for second straight season

According to ESPN.com's Jeremy Fowler, Bell said Thursday he "would definitely consider" sitting out the 2018 season or retiring if the Steelers use the franchise tag on him for a second straight season.

Le'Veon Bell is prepared to pull out all the stops with the Steelers to make sure he isn't franchise tagged again, even if it means not playing.

Bell rushed for 1,291 yards in 2017 - his third season with at least 1,200 yards - and ran for nine touchdowns. And they're going to offer him a contract that looks something like last year but also incorporates the notion that Bell played all year long and dealt with the touches that come with a full season of being a feature back. He said he simply wants to be valued by the franchise and given a contract worth his talent. Now, I've done everything but own a Super Bowl ...

"I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell told ESPN this week.

National Football League teams generally consider the time value of draft picks when making trades, so a 2019 third-round pick (at the end of the round, no less) would be worth about a late second-rounder or early third-rounder this year.

"I don't necessarily care about the money aspect of it", explains Bell. "I just want to be valued where I'm at", Bell said. "Right now, I'm just kind of doing it because I love it".

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"I knew what to expect from myself, even if others didn't expect it", Bell said. I feel I can do that.

"I'm trying to win a super bowl.I can care less about what happens after this season.my biggest thing I'm focused on is this team I'm on right now, playing for/with my brothers, & bringing back a 7th ring! what happens next year is irrelevant to my goals".

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Regardless of how Bell plays on Sunday, it's clear this is on his mind. "It's about leaving a legacy", he told me. Bell has always been vocal on social media. It's a tremendous salary for a running back, but it might not be sustainable for the Steelers to pay him close to that rate going forward.

The Pittsburgh Steelers and Le'Veon Bell are coming to a crossroads this offseason, and both parties know it. Steelers fans are sweating the timing of the comments, and although Bell had no intention of being a distraction, Steelers players shrug at the weekly chaos. "But if not, I'll just handle it however I've got to handle it".

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