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Steelers' Bell to Play Under Franchise Tag in 2017

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The NFL's franchise tag deadline has passed, and the Steelers couldn't reach terms on an extension with star running back Le'Veon Bell. 

That means Bell will make $12.1 million during the 2017 season under the exclusive franchise tag placed on him in February.

“Unfortunately, we were unable to agree to terms on a long-term contract with Le’Veon Bell prior to today’s deadline,” said Steelers' general manager Kevin Colbert in a statement. “We will resume our efforts to address his contract situation following the 2017 season.”

If the Steelers don't reach an agreement with Bell when they resume those negotiations, he could become a free agent in March. There's also a chance Bell could play the 2018 season under the franchise tag.

Bell rushed for more than 1,000 yards last year.

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