Bell a First Team All-Pro in 2017, played on a $12.1 million frachise tag and would receive a $14.5 million tag if Pittsburgh designates him next season.
They certainly can do other things to alleviate that issue, such as restructuring Ben Roethlisberger's contract (he's now at $23.2 million vs. the cap in what will be his age-36 season) or releasing a few veterans.
"Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them", Bell said Thursday. It also means if Pittsburgh loses to the Jaguars on Sunday's, it could be Bell's last. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".
Bell tried to walk back his threats in a Twitter post later Thursday, assuring he's focused on the Steelers' pursuit of a Super Bowl ring this year and not his future.More news: Super Mario Odyssey Getting Balloon World Update
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Bell said he'd "probably be done" playing football if he sat out the entire season. Bell held out at the start of training camp this season because he was unhappy about having to play under the franchise tag. The two sides could not come together on a deal, however, and Bell ended up holding out for the entire preseason before ultimately signing his tender shortly before the season.
He turned down an offer last offseason saying he was undervalued! Teams can tag a player between February 20 and March 6, after which they would have until July 16 to work out a long-term deal. If he gets tagged and doesn't get to test free agency, then things might get sticky.
"I've made a lot of money, I'm happy where I'm at, I've got a good family - I don't really need to play football", Bell said. Right now, though, Bell is just trying to focus on the playoffs.
It is a bit odd to see Bell nearly do a complete 180 from the comments he made earlier in the day. If Pittsburgh does go the distance this year, nothing tends to stretch a team's pockets more than coming off a Super Bowl win the year before.
"I don't necessarily care about the money aspect of it".