losangelesnewstoday.com April 25, 2018

Bell threatens to sit or retire if franchise tagged again

13 January 2018, 12:52 | Stacy Ballard

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell says he'd consider sitting out season, retiring if he's franchise tagged for second straight season

Le'Veon Bell unsure about Steelers future

"I know what I do and what I bring to the table".

While Bell should not want to play under the franchise tag for a second straight season, that's really up to the Steelers organization unfortunately. But Bell turned it down, believing he was worth more. There's no denying that he's one of the top skill position players in the NFL. It's an unlikely scenario, but Bell is keeping his options open, as he should. He has been a three-time Pro Bowler and a two-time All-Pro in his five years out of Michigan State.

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers are mired in their preparation for the Jacksonville Jaguars in the divisional round of the playoffs, there is already speculation about their upcoming offseason.

Justice Dept. Must Act on Allegations Against Clinton Aide Abedin, Comey
The president is hoping for more legislative achievements after his pre-Christmas success on taxes. It must agree on a spending bill by January 19 to avert a partial government shutdown.

Bell tried to walk back his threats in a Twitter post later Thursday, assuring he's focused on the Steelers' pursuit of a Super Bowl ring this year and not his future. The two sides could not come together on a deal, however, and Bell ended up holding out for the entire preseason before ultimately signing his tender shortly before the season. Bell might have received a similar workload in the AFC championship loss to the New England Patriots a year ago, too, had he not aggravated a knee injury that limited him to six carries, with four of them coming in the first seven minutes of the game. This could be Bell's only chance to hit the open market in his prime and land a lucrative contract.

That might drop his value to a Day 2 or Day 3 pick. Could we be seeing the last of Bell in an National Football League uniform?

If there's a silver lining for the Steelers, it's that Bell doesn't appear eager to leave Pittsburgh. Now the headlines are what might happen with Bell next season. It's also considered to be a good draft for RB talent, with several talented underclassmen already declaring early, so that certainly would make some sense. They are not projected to receive any compensatory picks in 2018 either. Whether Pittsburgh is going to pay him or not won't be known until the offseason.

Other News

Trending Now

Sessions nixes Obama-era rules leaving states alone that legalize pot
Earl Blumenauer, an Oregon Democrat and co-chairman of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus, called Sessions' decision "outrageous". Under the state's medical marijuana law enacted in 2014, NY has 1,384 medical practitioners and 40,286 certified patients.

SpaceX successfully launches top-secret Zuma spacecraft
Those numbers are much warmer than the 30 degrees temperatures forecasted for the Friday launch window by U.S. SpaceX is kicking off the New Year with a long list of launches on its manifest.

Ryan Zinke removes Florida from offshore drilling plan
President, I must say I've seen political games being played with trying to drill off of the coast of Florida", said U.S. Rick Scott , R - a political ally whom Trump has repeatedly urged to run for the U.S.

Kia Niro EV Set to Deliver Tesla-Like Range
Kia says the current powertrain found here utilizes new production technology which will be applied to other near-future vehicles. Well, we can understand this decision from Kia because there is not much to say about the performance of the Niro EV.

Raiders to announce Gruden hiring next Tuesday
Gruden reportedly is set to strike a deal for 10 years and $100 million to be the Raiders' next head coach , ESPN reported Friday. The Buccaneers went 12-4 in his first season and finished 57-55 with three playoff appearances in Gruden's seven seasons.

Roy Moore accuser's house fire under investigation for arson
Multiple neighbors witnessed a young man known for public intoxication walking around the house during the time of the fire. No one was hurt in the fire (no one was home), but Johnson said she and her family had lost everything they owned.

Kate Middleton Photographs Princess Charlotte For Her First Day At Nursery School
There are three terms in the year, so that costs families around £9,150, or about $12,200, per year. Charlotte's school is located near the school that her brother, Prince George , attends in London.

CES 2018: Viveport VR Overhauls Platform With Interactive Content Catalog
" Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilise the best VR experience". There's no word on when the wireless adapter is going to be available, or how much it will cost.

Kim Kardashian West opens up about Saint West's hospitalization
The 37-year-old says Saint is all better now, calling the little love muffin "so resilient" and using the mixed baby angel emoji. Are you surprised to hear of Saint West's health scare? Saint is now said to be back at home with his family and "doing well".

Speculation on Oprah presidential bid boosts Weight Watchers shares
It often takes an Oprah Winfrey, someone undisputedly at the top of the game, to drop the anvil . Just days into 2018, the race for the USA presidency in 2020 is already making headlines.