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Le’Veon Bell wants to set the market for NFL running backs

Le'Veon Bell
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Contract discussions are beginning to take place between the Pittsburgh Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell.

Not only does Bell believe he is worth top dollar, he wants to set a new market for running back pay. He feels this position “gets overlooked” according to Michele Steele of ESPN.

Fortunately for Bell, he and the Steelers are in a “good spot” regarding the contract process. This is opposite from last season when the two parties failed to reach an agreement. Bell ended up playing under the franchise tag.

This is something that Bell said he won’t do in 2018. He threatened earlier in January that he would hold out or simply retire rather than play under a franchise tag again.

The best thing for both parties would be for the Steelers and Bell do get a deal done prior to him being given the franchise tag.

Whether this prompts a higher bar to be established for future running back pay remains to be seen.

Bell has put up total of 7,996 total yards and 42 touchdowns over his past five seasons with Pittsburgh.