Bell, 25, finished with 1,268 rushing yards and 616 receiving yards in 12 games last season. That was on full display following Pittsburgh's playoff win over the Kansas City Chiefs when he live-streamed head coach Mike Tomlin's postgame speech on Facebook Live. Brown has shared a picture on Twitter captioned "Steelers for life" with what looks like a contract in agent Drew Rosenhaus' hand. If they can't reach an agreement by then, Bell will play under the tag for the 2017 season. As a result, he tallied 261 carries en route to 1,268 yards on the ground and seven touchdowns.
After giving him franchise tag, Steelers will still try to sign Bell long term. Bell also rushed for 167 and 170 yards respectively in Pittsburgh's first two postseason games. General manager Kevin Colbert said on February 16 that ensuring that Brown remained "a Steeler for life" was the team's top offseason priority.
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Financially, this move doesn't damage either team, as both players are on expiring deals worth similar money. The Hawks and 76ers will also swap second round picks as part of the deal, according to Wojnarowski .
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Colbert said that if the team were to franchise tag Bell, it would do so in this way. Last offseason, the two-time Pro Bowler released a rap song in which he said he wants to make $15 million a year. Based on a $165 million salary cap, those percentages equate to a franchise tender of $11.97 million and a transition tender of $9.72 million. According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers and Brown's reps are making significant progress toward a big money extension. He'll surpass A.J. Green into that top spot.