Le'Veon Bell turns focus back to Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl

Le'Veon Bell turns focus back to Pittsburgh Steelers, Super Bowl

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

Bell maintained his stance was a principled one, and he told ESPN all he wants the Steelers to do is "value" him. Bell's desire with regards to the terms of a new contract is simple: for the team to show that it values everything he brings to the table. He does have a point with his work in both the rushing game and passing game out of the backfield.

The 25-year-old Bell was named to the first-team All-Pro squad this season, and he played on a $12.1 million franchise tag in 2017.

Bell rushed 321 times for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards, along with 11 total touchdowns, in 2017.

Just what the Pittsburgh Steelers needed before their first playoff game this season: Le'Veon Bell making threats about being franchise tagged again.

He has 7,996 yards from scrimmage since entering the National Football League in 2013. He said he would have no trouble sitting out the 2018 campaign.

Bell says he wants to set a precedent for running backs. "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".

And I cringed because Bell should have known better than to answer that question, even if it might have been conversational and even if he might not have thought it was a big deal. Bell held out at the start of training camp this season because he was unhappy about having to play under the franchise tag. Bell added that he doesn't need football to stay happy and he has already made enough money for his family.

Well, after a career full of highlight reels and plenty of talent left in the tank, Bell is looking for money.

These words are jarring against the backdrop of the Steelers' potential Super Bowl run, which begins in earnest against Jacksonville in Sunday's AFC divisional round. If he gets tagged and doesn't get to test free agency, then things might get sticky. "I just want to be valued where I'm at". I feel I can do that.

Later Thursday, Bell took to Twitter to further emphasize that his focus is on winning the Super Bowl, not what happens next year.

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