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Le'Veon Bell | Running Back | #26

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (25) / 2/18/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 225
College: Michigan State
Drafted: 2013 / Rd. 2 (48) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Steelers GM Kevin Colbert told impending free agent Le'Veon Bell the organization has a "strong desire" to keep him in Pittsburgh the rest of his career.
Colbert added the franchise tag is an option, but their goal is a long-term deal. The two sides did not seem particularly close to a deal last year, but Colbert said the situation is different this time around and they are opening negotiations with a clean slate. The deadline to apply the franchise tag is March 6, but the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal even if the Steelers use the tag. Feb 15 - 10:40 AM

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Le'Veon Bell said his priority in contract negotiations with the Steelers is guaranteed money.

"Yeah, a lot of it is about the guarantees," he said. "That's what a long-term deal really is, you know? You want that security." Bell has also changed his tune on being franchise-tagged, saying he has no plans to hold out if the Steelers tag him again in 2018. When asked if he'd accept a deal worth $50 million guaranteed, Bell said, "Absolutely." The deadline to assign the franchise tag is March 6 at 4 PM ET.
Feb 2 - 4:27 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell said he and the Steelers are in active contract talks and are "a lot closer" than they were last year.

Bell turned down an extension last year that would have guaranteed him $30 million over the first two years of the deal and paid around $12 million annually, which would have easily made him the league's highest-paid back. He played 2017 on the $12.1 million franchise tag. This year, the tag would cost around $14.5 million. Bell turns 26 next month. He's going to get paid either way.
Jan 24 - 12:21 PM

MMQB's Peter King expects impending free agent Le'Veon Bell to "go to the highest bidder" and names the Raiders as a team to "watch" for Bell.

King doesn't do much reporting in terms of breaking news anymore, but he still has many connections throughout the league. The new staff in Oakland has been mum when it comes to Marshawn Lynch's future with the team, so Beast Mode could very well be one-and-done for his hometown Raiders. Oakland could use that money to go after a younger stallion like Bell, but he'll have no shortage of suitors should he reach the open market. It's going to be tough for the Steelers to use the franchise tag on Bell again this year since they have very little cap room at the moment. However, creating cap space is a relatively simple task.
Jan 22 - 10:59 PM

Impending free agent Le'Veon Bell reportedly missed almost all of the Steelers' final walkthrough the day before last week's Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

Additionally, coach Mike Tomlin has told players and coaches to arrive two hours before kickoff for games. Bell (and reportedly one coach) arrived to last Sunday's playoff loss "much later than that," even after skipping all but the final five minutes of Saturday's walkthrough. Bell is headed for intense contract negotiations, of course, and the Steelers have leaked negative info about players in similar situations before, most notably Antonio Brown. Whether it be from the Steelers or another team, Bell is going to get paid this offseason.
Jan 20 - 11:53 AM

Le'Veon Bell said he "definitely" wants to re-sign with the Steelers.

"I never want to leave this city, but obviously, circumstances and things like that," Bell cautioned. The running back has threatened to sit out or retire if the Steelers hit him with the franchise tag again -- he waited until September 4 to sign his tender last season -- but that appears to be where this situation is headed. The tag will be worth around $14.5 million for Bell.
Source: ESPN
Jan 15 - 9:17 AM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 16 times for 67 yards and a touchdown and caught 9-of-13 targets for 88 yards and an additional touchdown in the Steelers' Divisional Round loss to the Jaguars.

The Steelers oddly did not feature Le'Veon from the outset, opening the game in empty-spread formations and trying to throw the ball around the yard. It wasn't until Bell emerged as Pittsburgh's offensive focal point that they began scoring points. Bell ripped repeated chunk-yardage gains on the ground and in the air, and beat Jags WLB Telvin Smith for a 19-yard receiving score in the third quarter. Bell hit pay dirt a second time on a lateral from Ben Roethlisberger, which went in the books as a rushing TD. In 2017, Bell set career highs in carries (321) and rushing scores (9). An impending free agent, Bell is expected to receive another franchise tag in February.
Jan 14 - 4:47 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers are expected to assign the franchise tag to Le'Veon Bell this offseason.

This comes days after Bell threatened to retire if franchise-tagged for the second straight year. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table," said Bell, who waited until September 4 to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender this past season. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at." The 25-year-old previously turned down a two-year deal worth $30 million. Despite his resistance, Rapoport notes the Steelers rarely budge on contract demands, making it unlikely Bell would win a stare-down with Pittsburgh's front office. The franchise tag for running backs in 2018 carries a $14.5 million salary.
Jan 14 - 8:21 AM

Contract-year RB Le'Veon Bell says he will consider sitting out the 2018 season or retiring if franchise tagged for the second-consecutive year.

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it," Bell said Thursday. Asked what he wants the Steelers to do this offseason, Bell said he wants to be properly valued. "Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them," Bell said. "I know what I do and what I bring to the table. I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at." It's a more than fair point. Bell made $12.1 million under the tag in 2017. That number would be roughly $14.5 million for 2018, Bell's age-26 campaign. More interesting quotes can be found at the link below.
Jan 11 - 4:35 PM

Le'Veon Bell and Ben Roethlisberger were both held out of Friday's practice for "non-injury-related" reasons.

It's just the latest indication that neither Bell nor Ben will play Sunday against the Browns. The Steelers will move forward with Landry Jones at quarterback and a rotation of Stevan Ridley-Fitzgerald Toussaint at running back.
Fri, Dec 29, 2017 02:16:00 PM

Steelers RT Marcus Gilbert says the team will hold out Le'Veon Bell for Week 17's game against the Browns.

It prevents Bell from reaching 16 games for just the second time in his five-year career, but means he will be operating on two weeks rest in the Divisional Round. Bell will close out 2017 54 yards shy of 2,000 yards from scrimmage. He scored 11 touchdowns in 15 games, matching his previous career high. Fitzgerald Toussaint and Stevan Ridley will form a thoroughly underwhelming committee against the Browns.
Thu, Dec 28, 2017 04:05:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell carried 14 times for 68 yards and a touchdown while catching 5-of-7 targets for 28 yards in Monday's Week 16 win over the Texans.

Bell’s 19 touches gave him 406 on the season, becoming the second back in franchise history to tally over 400 touches in a season, joining Barry Foster, who amassed 426 touches in 1992. After being vultured on a 1-yard scoring opportunity by Roosevelt Nix in the second quarter, Bell exploded through the middle of the field and dove across the goal line for a 10-yard rushing score to put the game completely away in the third quarter. The Steelers are technically still alive for the No. 1 seed in AFC, so expect Bell to suit up in Week 17 against the Browns.
Mon, Dec 25, 2017 07:25:00 PM

The Steelers had a league-high eight players, including Le'Veon Bell, Ben Roethlisberger, and Antonio Brown, selected as Pro Bowl starters.

Rounding out the Steelers' first-team selections are K Chris Boswell, ILB Ryan Shazier, LT Alejandro Villanueva, RG David DeCastro, and C Maurkice Pouncey. In the NFC, the Saints and Eagles each had six starters selected in the exhibition. The Rams had five, including the punter, kicker, and returner.
Tue, Dec 19, 2017 08:14:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 24 times for 117 yards and a touchdown while catching 5-of-6 passes for 48 yards in the Steelers' Week 15 loss to the Patriots.

Bell remains good at football. With Antonio Brown leaving in the second quarter, Bell put the team on his back with run after clock-killing run. He finished the first half with 94 total yards including 47 on a drive which gave Pittsburgh the lead just before the break, and he rushed for another 55 in the third quarter including a three-yard score. Unfortunately, the Steelers gave the win away late, but Bell did all he could. With Brown likely out until the postseason, Bell should be the offensive focal point next week against the Texans.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 07:36:00 PM

Le'Veon Bell rushed 13 times for 48 yards and two touchdowns and caught 9-of-10 targets for 77 yards and a touchdown in Week 14 against Baltimore.

Bell struggled to find running lanes on his limited carries, getting most of his yardage in the pass game. He lined up at receiver for a 20-yard touchdown on the Steelers' first drive, with both of his rushing TDs coming in the red-zone. Bell had his knee bent on a first-half run but managed to stay in the game. The scoring salvaged Bell’s night but this wasn’t one of his best rushing performances. Bell will remain a top-five play against the Patriots in Week 15.
Mon, Dec 11, 2017 12:15:00 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Ben Roethlisberger
2Landry Jones
3Josh Dobbs
RB1James Conner
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
GLB1James Conner
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
3RB1James Conner
2Fitzgerald Toussaint
FB1Roosevelt Nix
WR11Antonio Brown
2Eli Rogers
3Marcus Tucker
4Justin Thomas
WR21JuJu Smith-Schuster
2Martavis Bryant
3Darrius Heyward-Bey
4Trey Griffey
WR31Martavis Bryant
TE1Jesse James
2Vance McDonald
3Xavier Grimble
4Jake McGee
LT1Ali Villanueva
2Jerald Hawkins
LG1Ramon Foster
2B.J. Finney
C1Maurkice Pouncey
2Mike Matthews
RG1David DeCastro
2Matt Feiler
RT1Marcus Gilbert
K1Chris Boswell