"I hope it doesn't come to that", Bell told ESPN in Pittsburgh.
Bell a First Team All-Pro in 2017, played on a $12.1 million frachise tag and would receive a $14.5 million tag if Pittsburgh designates him next season. After being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Bell made less than $1 million in base salary in each of his first four seasons, even as he emerged as one of the NFL's top running backs.
Bell also has 3122 catches for 2,660 yards and seven receiving touchdowns. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell said. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table.
Bell is once again set to hit free agency this summer.
That's probably the last time we'll hear Bell talk about his franchise tag this postseason.
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It would make sense for the Steelers to get the most out of Bell now and then let him walk if they believe his financial demands or another expensive one-year tender are just too unwieldy. Another reason the Steelers might balk at giving him the long-term deal he wants is that Bell has previously been suspended for substance use, putting him at risk for further (and longer) suspensions. Bell sat out virtually all of training camp this summer before returning to the team September 1. 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.
He has 7,996 yards from scrimmage since entering the National Football League in 2013.
Later on Thursday, Bell took to Twitter to reassure Steelers fans that he hasn't lost focus on the immediate task ahead of him and his teammates.
Well, after a career full of highlight reels and plenty of talent left in the tank, Bell is looking for money. "I just want to be valued where I'm at", per ESPN. And if they win that, they will play in the Super Bowl. Teams can tag a player between February 20 and March 6, after which they would have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal. "I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'm going to do it". He mentioned the words "Super Bowl" several times in the interview.