Le'Veon Bell reports to Steelers on Friday

In any case, when he shows up on the field, he'll be paid $12.1 million dollars thanks to the the NFL's franchise-tag option.

Bell passed his team physical Friday left the facility a short time later, NFL Network's Aditi Kinkhabwala reported. The Steelers did not practice Friday and will return to practice on Monday.


However, Bell ultimately chose to table discussions because he was seeking a deal that could help reset the running back market.

"I'm arguably the top running back in the National Football League and the No. 2 receiver on the Steelers, even though I play running back", Bell said, via ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. The Steelers failed to sign Bell to a long-term deal before the July 17 deadline for franchise-tagged players. Peterson signed the most lucrative contract for a running back when he signed a seven-year, $96 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011.


The prolific rusher is signed only through this season, but the Steelers and the dual-threat back figure to have another round of negotiations after the season. The 25-year-old wants to be compensated in line with his standing as the team's top runner and number two receiver. Until the offseason, Bell's focus will be helping Pittsburgh pound its way toward what it hope is another championship.



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