Cross Le’Veon Bell’s name off of the 2017 NFL free agent list.
Earlier on Monday, Chandler Jones was the first of many players to be franchise tagged by their current team. By 4:00 p.m., the Steelers elected to slap the franchise tag on their stud running back, Le’Veon Bell.
Steelers have placed franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2017
Once Bell signs the tag, he will make $12.377 million for the 2017 season, before hitting free agency again next season — if the two cannot come to terms on a long-term deal. It’s always tricky to sign a running back for big money, especially ones with an injury history and a history of weed issues, but he certainly possesses the talent that the Steelers would pay long-term.
In only 12 games played in 2016, Bell racked up an incredible 1,268 yards and 7 touchdowns on the ground, to go along with 2 more touchdowns and 75 receptions.
“We always knew he had an awesome talent for running the ball, but I think what is most impressive is his blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield,” said Ben Roethlisberger. “He is an every down back and we can use him for every situation. I think that is what is most impressive.”
Le’Veon Bell will challenge David Johnson for the top pick in most fantasy leagues this season.