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The Pittsburgh Gambler? Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell Comfortable Betting On Himself

The Pittsburgh Gambler? Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell Comfortable Betting On Himself

"Unfortunately, we were unable to agree to terms on a long-term contract with Le'Veon Bell prior to today's deadline", Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement.

Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March and had until Monday afternoon to work out a new deal. "We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season". Bell is arguably the best running back in the National Football League, and even if Conner has a phenomenal season, he's not going to be on Bell's level for years.

In short, Bell and his agent are betting that almost $27 million is already in the bank even without a long-term deal and that amount is just a little more than $3 million shy of what the Steelers were willing to pay him over the course of the next two. Even so, most of it wasn't fully guaranteed.

Bell could become an unrestricted free agent next spring or the Steelers could place the franchise tag on him a second time. Offering him a reportedly $12 million a year for a long-term deal is an even bigger indication. 2017 means a lot on the future of Bell and the Steelers, but how next offseason, James Conner's performance, and the 2018 season play out could be a significant factor in the future of the Steelers' backfield.

"The way I train, all it's going to take for me is a few practices and some game action", Bell said. In keeping with this theme, Bell took to social media Monday evening to speak out about the lack of a long-term deal.




Bell has been absent from offseason workouts while recovering from groin surgery.

The Steelers rode Bell to the playoffs in 2016.

At that time, Bell will be 28-years-old, heading towards the latter part of his career, and will have a young and exciting back behind him.

He was suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season for violating the NFL's drug policy after he and former Steelers running back LeGarrette Blount, now with the Philadelphia Eagles, were arrested for possession of marijuana.

Between the injuries and suspensions, Bell missed 14 games over the last two seasons. However, if the sources of NFL Network reporter Tom Pelissero are to be believed, that is exactly what the Pittsburgh Steelers tried to do.

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