Le’Veon Bell: “I never want to leave this city,” losing leverage in deal with Steelers?


The Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, something that has not set right with Bell. Recently Bell suggested he could sit out or even retire if the team used the franchise tag on him.

Maybe he’s having a change of heart after hearing Ben Roethlisberger’s declaration that he will return for 2018.

Following the Steelers 45-42 upset loss the the Jaguars, Bell was asked if he wanted to return to Pittsburgh.

“Of course,” Bell said, via ESPN’s Katherine Terrell. “I never want to leave this city, but obviously, circumstances and things like that. But I definitely don’t.”

Bell racked up 155 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns on Sunday. The franchise tag is worth $14.5 million.

“I think we get everyone healthy, it can even be more special,” he said. “Give credit to [Antonio Brown]. He went out there at whatever percent and still gave his all. Obviously, wasn’t himself. Still made plays. Being incredible. Guys like that, you can’t come across all the time.”