Steel­ers, RB Le’Veon Bell fail to reach long-term deal

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PITTS­BURGH — The Pitts­burgh Steel­ers and star run­ning back Le’Veon Bell failed to reach an agree­ment on a longterm con­tract, mean­ing Bell will play on a one-year ten­der this sea­son.

Pitts­burgh placed the fran­chise tag on Bell in March and had un­til Mon­day af­ter­noon to work out a new deal. Bell in­stead will make $12.1 mil­lion this sea­son, the av­er­age of the five high­est-paid run­ning backs in the league.

Bell could be­come an un­re­stricted free agent next spring or the Steel­ers could place the fran­chise tag on him a sec­ond time. Gen­eral man­ager Kevin Col­bert says the team will “re­sume its ef­forts” to re-sign Bell next off­sea­son.

The 25-year-old Bell ran for 1,268 yards and seven touch­downs and caught an­other 75 passes in 12 games for Pitts­burgh in 2016.

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