Steelers officially place franchise tag on Le’Veon Bell

Le'Veon Bell
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In a move that’s been expected for some time now, the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially placed the franchise tag on star running back Le’Veon Bell.

Should Bell sign the tender and the two sides fail to come to terms on a long-term deal, he’ll earn $14.5 million this coming season.

This comes on the heels of a report that Bell will indeed skip training camp should the two sides not be able to work out a long-term contract prior to July’s deadline.

Bell, 26, gained 1,946 total yards and 11 touchdowns last season. He’s put up a grand total of 3,830 total yards over the past two seasons.

If any team were to sign Bell, it would have to give Pittsburgh two first-round picks as compensation. That makes it pretty much a guarantee he’ll return to the Steelers short of a trade being worked out.