Le'Veon Bell seeking $14.5 million annually

by Jody Smith | Steelers Correspondent | Tue, Jun 12th 5:45pm EDT

Pittsburgh Steelers Pro Bowl running back Le'Veon Bell has reportedly lowered his long-term salary demands to $14.5 million-per-season, which is the approximate value of his unsigned franchise tag. Unless the two sides come to terms on an extension by July 16, Bell will be locked into that $14.544 million one-year deal, but under no obligation to show up until that tag is signed and finalized. (source)

Fantasy Impact:

Bell has proven himself to be one of the best running backs in football but the current landscape makes it difficult for a team to pay so much money on a position that is considered replaceable. Bell's unsigned tag value would make his the league's highest-paid running back, but the 26-year-old wants a long-term deal that will keep him in that range for the foreseeable future. Don't expect Bell to report until September unless both sides can work out the impasse. Bell remains a top-3 fantasy target in every 2018 fantasy draft.

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