Le'Veon Bell says he would sit out over franchise tag

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Of course, the first item on the list will be reaching a deal with star running back Le'Veon Bell. He also caught 85 passes for 655 yards and two TDs.

First of all, we're going to assume that Bell meant that he "couldn't care less". Bell said he would sit out the 2018 season and possibly retire from the National Football League if he has to play the season under the franchise tag.

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it", Bell told ESPN.

Since Pittsburgh picked Bell in the second round of the 2013 draft, he has compiled 5,336 rushing yards and scored 35 touchdowns on the ground.

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The timing of those comments wasn't exactly great as the Steelers are preparing to face the Jaguars in a divisional-round playoff game on Sunday, but Bell walked them back shortly afterwards via Twitter.

They certainly can do other things to alleviate that issue, such as restructuring Ben Roethlisberger's contract (he's now at $23.2 million vs. the cap in what will be his age-36 season) or releasing a few veterans.

Le'Veon Bell isn't messing around.

. When this came out, he simply wanted Steelers Nation to know he's not turning the attention to himself.

The team did have a long-term offer on the table until July 18, the deadline for franchise player designees to avoid playing this season under the tag by inking a different deal. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".

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Retirement seems extreme, but Bell's rationalization to ESPN was that if he sits out 2018, he'd probably be finished entirely. "They tag me again, it will be me (saying), 'OK, do I want to play on the tag or do I not want to play on the tag?' That's what it comes down to. If I was a free agent and they let me go, be a free agent, then yeah, I'm going to go explore free agency, test the market".

"I've made a lot of money, I'm happy where I'm at, I've got a good family - I don't really need to play football", said Bell, who has made around $16 million for his career. "Right now, I'm just kind of doing it because I love it".

With a strong chance at Super Bowl number seven, Pittsburgh's only focus is the game ahead and their road to a ring.

"I'm trying to win a super bowl", he wrote.

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