The Pittsburgh Steelers have placed a authorization tab on star using behind Le’Veon Bell, a group announced Monday.
Bell perceived a disdainful tender, a source told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. With that designation, Bell can negotiate usually with a Steelers and isn’t means to pointer an offer piece with another team.
The sides have until Jul 15 during 4 p.m. ET to determine to a long-term contract. If no understanding is reached, Bell would have to play a 2017 deteriorate underneath a authorization tender.
The deadline for teams to use their authorization tab is Wednesday during 4 p.m. ET.
Bell, 25, settled his box as a game’s best using behind during an bomb 2016 deteriorate in that he averaged 157 yards from struggle per game, a third-best shave ever for a using back.
The Steelers rode Bell into a postseason. They fed him a round 31.8 times per diversion rushing or receiving over a final 8 games he finished — all wins, with dual entrance in a playoffs.
While racking adult yards, Bell warranted MVP care and inhabitant commend for a studious nonetheless effective using character that showed that using backs don’t have to strike a hole right away. In a process, Bell pennyless Franco Harris’ regular-season and postseason single-game rushing records.
Injuries have finished Bell’s past 3 seasons prematurely, including a groin damage suffered during a 36-17 AFC pretension diversion detriment to a New England Patriots. In 4 NFL seasons, Bell has dealt with dual knee injuries and dual drug-related suspensions.
The Steelers stood by Bell during his suspensions in partial since of his work ethic, and Bell certified that faith with a beast year.
ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler contributed to this report.