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running back Levon Bell And the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to reach an extension before Monday’s deadline, making it possible next season to be his last year with the team.
According to NFL.com, the Steelers failed to sign Bale for a long-term extension before Monday’s deadline to sign the franchise-tagged players. In a statement, Bill’s agent Adesa Bakari said his client may not wear the Steelers’ uniform after the next regular season.
“He intended to retire as Stiller,” Bakari Says In a statement obtained by Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network Insider. “But now that there is no deal, the practical reality is that this now will likely be Levon’s last season as Stiller.”
On his Twitter account, Bill export A separate statement to fans where he reiterated his desire to retire as Stiller. According to Bell, the two sides tried to strike a long-term deal, but failed to do so.
“The NFL is hard work sometimes. To the fans who have hope, I’m sorry we let you down but believe me, 2018 will be my best season yet,” he said. Bell, who will receive $14.5 million in 2018 if he signs for the franchise label. In 2017, Bell also played under the $12.1 million franchise label.
The Steelers also tried to sign Bale for a deal
to me Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert, the two sides worked hard to reach an agreement before the deadline. Now, the Steelers will have to face another season with Bale before he leaves the team for a bigger deal elsewhere.
“Although we were unable to reach a long-term contract agreement with Levon Bell, we are excited that he will be with the team in 2018,” Colbert said in a statement.
Colbert added, “We worked hard to find common ground, but weren’t able to get there before today’s deadline. This season, Le’Veon will play under the Exclusive Franchise Tag.”
Colbert said the Steelers would try to sign Bale for a long-term deal again in hopes of ending his career as Stiller. Before the deadline, the Steelers offered Bell a five-year deal worth $70 million. Last season, Pittsburgh offered Bell a five-year, $60 million contract, but he also turned it down.
Bill is one of the NFL’s elite offensive weapons
A second-round pick by the Steelers in 2013, Bale has made a name for himself as one of the biggest double-threats in the NFL.
In his five seasons with the Steelers, Bale carried the ball 1,229 times for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns. He also had 312 passes for 2,660 yards and seven touchdowns.
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