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Report: Steelers unlikely to reach long-term deal with Le'Veon Bell

Larry Brown Sports logo Larry Brown Sports 7/16/2018 Gordon Dixon, Larry Brown Sports

a group of people watching a football ball on a field © Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports Le’Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers are facing a race against the clock to come to terms on a long-term contract.

Bell received the exclusive franchise tag by the Steelers, meaning the two sides will have until 4 p.m. on Monday to agree to a long-term contract or Bell will play the season on a one-year deal worth $14.5 million. A similar situation occurred last year.

With this year’s deadline approaching, Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin is optimistic an agreement can be reached. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the two sides are facing a challenge in making that happen.

Bell and the Steelers were in the same boat last summer. Bell held out after not being able to agree to a long-term contract with Pittsburgh and did not report to the team until after training camp ended.

The two sides have reportedly made progress on a new contract for the All-Pro running back. Tomlin has hinted at a deal being consummated before Monday’s deadline. Should a deal not be reached, it will be interesting to see how Bell reacts this time around compared to a year ago.

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