Steelers expected to franchise tag Le'Veon Bell

Bell will have a $14.54 million salary cap hold attached to him should a long-term deal not happen during the offseason.

Kahron Spearman

Despite some early optimism that a multi-year deal could be made, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell ahead of Tuesday's deadline, per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

There are still hope the side can come together for an agreement during the offseason.

The All-Pro will have a $14.54 million cap hold for the 2018 season unless a deal is struck. He was also tagged for 2017 and claimed he would consider retirement should be tagged again.

Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them. I'm not going to settle for anything. I know what I do and what I bring to the table. I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at.

Le'Veon Bell
Running back, Pittsburgh Steelers

Per NFL rules, teams have until 4 p.m. ET on March 6 to affix the non-exclusive tag on players. Once tagged they have until July 16 to sign a long-term contract with their current team.

Bell is arguably one of the NFL's top 5-10 overall talents, running for 1,291 yards and scoring nine touchdowns. He also caught 85 passes for 655 yards with additional two scores.