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Report: Steelers To Use Franchise Tag On Le'Veon Bell

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to place the franchise tag on Le'Veon Bell for the second straight year.

The team has until Tuesday to use the franchise tag, which would prevent Bell from becoming a free agent

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport is reporting Bell would receive $14.5 million in 2018. However, there is no guarantee Bell will sign the agreement.

"We're not coming to a number we both agree on — they are too low, or I guess they feel I'm too high," Bell said, via Jeremy Fowler of "I'm playing for strictly my value to the team, that's what I'm asking. I don't think I should settle for anything less than what I'm valued at."

He has also previously threatened to retire or sit out the 2018 season if the team uses its franchise tag on him again.

On Monday night, Bell sent out a tweet to fans saying, "I love everything about being a Pittsburgh Steeler, and I want nothing more than to finish the rest of my career in Pitt!"

The team used the franchise tab on Bell last year and he held out until Sept. 4, before signing a $12.1 million, one-year tender.

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