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NFL: Why the Pittsburgh Steelers and Le’Veon Bell Need Each Other

Le'Veon Bell pushes past a defender.

Le'Veon Bell pushes past a defender. Le’Veon Bell is prepared for a lengthy holdout. | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell is arguably the best running back in the NFL today. The former Michigan State standout is a true three-down, workhorse running back. His patience and ability to explode through even the tiniest holes is unmatched by his peers around the league.

The Steelers used their franchise tag on Bell this offseason with every intention of attempting to work out a deal. Despite a valiant effort, the two sides were unable to come to an agreement on a long-term contract extension. That means Bell will make $12.1 million (which becomes fully guaranteed when he signs his tender. Then he’ll be in line to hit free agency again next offseason. There is a real possibility that the 2017 season could be Bell’s final season in Pittsburgh.

Next: What are Bell’s options for the future?

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