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



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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