Le'Veon Bell franchise tagged Monday

Earlier this month, Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert reiterated Rooney's previous statements with regard to keeping Bell in the black and gold for the foreseeable future.

The team made sure Bell's rights will remain with them on Monday when they placed an exclusive rights franchise tender on the former All-Pro running back.

"The tag is always an option, and it's something we'll use if necessary", Colbert said on February 16.

The Steelers have never used the exclusive franchise tag, which blocks Bell from negotiating with other teams. Bell has been suspended twice during his rookie contract, and another slip up will have him miss at least another quarter of the season.

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson will be the highest-paid running back this year at $14 million.




Bell rushed for 1,268 yards (4.9-yard average) and caught 75 passes for another 616 yards last season, becoming the first player in National Football League history to average 100 rushing yards and 50 receiving yards per game. Negotiations on a long-term deal are expected to continue and terms could be agreed upon before the start of the 2017 season. He previously also set a team regular season record with 236 yards rushing in a win at Buffalo last season.

Minnesota's Adrian Peterson is now the highest-paid running back in the league.

But for the third consecutive season, Bell ended the season with injury.

Bell, who also is an aspiring rapper, released a mix CD previous year on which he said he was going to ask for $15 million per season.

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