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Le’Veon Bell turns down $70 million extension with Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers and running back Le’Veon Bell failed to agree to a long-term deal before Monday’s deadline. With that said, details have reportedly emerged scripting what the Steelers final offer reportedly was worth.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Bell turned down a five-year $70 million contract.

This would have paid Bell an average of $14 million per season with more than $30 million offered for the first two years. Pittsburgh’s offer was for $10 million more than what was offered last season.


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Bell was instead seeking more in the neighborhood of $17 million per year, which obviously the Steelers were unwilling to offer. He will now earn $14.5 million under his franchise tag playing what likely will be his final season in Pittsburgh.

For what it is worth, the current highest-paid running back secured to a long-term deal is Atlanta Falcons Devonta Freeman. He averages $8.25 million per season. Needless to say, Bell failed to reset the running back market by rejecting the Steelers’ deal.

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