Within the next 17 days, the Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell will, or won’t, strike a long-term deal. However it works out, Bell apparently has no complaints.
“I’m good with everything, just taking it day to day for real,” Bell said Friday, via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.
It’s easy to have that attitude when having real leverage, as Bell does. Absent a long-term deal, he’ll get $12.1 million in 2017, if/when he signs the franchise tender. And he can skip all of training camp and the preseason and still get the full amount, if he so desires.
If the Steelers tag him again in 2018, Bell’s salary would climb to $14.52 million, giving him a two-year haul of $26.7 million. If the Steelers don’t tag him again, he’d become an unrestricted free agent at the age of 26.
Source: Pro Football Talk