Le'Veon Bell says he could sit out 2018, or retire, if tagged again

The All-Pro all-purpose running back played the 2018 season on the allotted $12.1 million franchise tag. The tag salary is scheduled to increase to around $14.5 million for 2018.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that he's could sit out a season, perhaps even retire, if he's franchise-tagged for the second consecutive year. "I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it," he said to Fowler prior to Thursday's practice. The All-Pro Bell played this season on a $12.1 million franchise tag. The tag price is scheduled to increase to around $14.5 million for 2018.

Whether he'd give up almost $15 million is up for debate, no one can question Bell's production. Per ESPN Stats and Info, he carried the ball 321 times for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards, with 11 touchdowns, in 2017. The Michigan State product has 7,996 total yards through 62 career games - the most of any NFL player over that game span since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger.

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.