It’s time to pay Le’Veon Bell, but is he worth the price tag

 

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The Steelers will have one of the league’s most dynamic offenses next season. The degree of that dynamism will depend on several factors. Injuries are always a chief concern, and there’s a chance that Martavis Bryant, fresh off a year-long suspension, slips up again.

Then there’s Le’Veon Bell.

The NFL‘s best running back is without a contract; the Steelers slapped him with the franchise tag this spring, but Bell has yet to sign the one-year deal that would pay him $12.1 million in 2017. It’s not unusual for players looking for a long-term commitment to hold off on signing the one-year franchise-tag offer, and the two sides have until mid-July to get a new contract done. At issue is whether the Steelers will pay Bell $12 million annually — which would be $4 million more than the next highest-paid back in the league, LeSean McCoy of the Bills.

 

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