Disgruntled Le'Veon Bell unhappy about Steelers hitting him with franchise tag

Disgruntled Le'Veon Bell unhappy about Steelers hitting him with franchise tag

Disgruntled Le'Veon Bell unhappy about Steelers hitting him with franchise tag

Bell sat out all of training camp and the preseason last summer after the Steelers franchise tagged him and did not complete a long-term deal.

The tag would earn the 26-year-old $14.544 million. According to NFL Network, the deal is worth $14.5 million, up two million from his tag last season. A long-term contract agreement isn't expected between the two sides before the deadline.

Bell clearly took a shot at his team and captioned his tweet "lol what more I gotta do to be wanted?" San Francisco 49ers general manager John Lynch has expressed some interest in having Hyde return in 2018 and even said the team planned to meet with his agent at the NFL Scouting Combine. He played last season for $12.1 million, helping the Steelers to a 13-3 record with 321 carries for 1,291 yards and 85 receptions for 655 yards. In the Steelers' lone postseason game, he rushed for 67 yards and a touchdown and also caught nine passes for 88 yards and a touchdown. He also finished second in the National Football League, and first in the AFC, in yards from scrimmage with 1,946 yards.

Bell said the constraints of the running back market aren't his doing and don't encapsulate his profile as a player. He didn't report until a week and a half before the start of the season, though it didn't stop him from another monster campaign that included 1,291 rushing yards and almost 2,000 yards from scrimmage. The previous record was held by Hall of Famer Marcus Allen, who did it in 63 games. Bradford brought back a first and fourth round picks. Having Bell for an entire season would go a long way towards helping them achieve that goal. The team used him more than ever past year as he toted the ball a career-high 321 times and racked up 106 targets in the passing game.

Related news