Tag roundup: No long-term deal for Le'Veon Bell – NFL.com

The NFL’s deadline for franchise-tagged players to ink a long-term contract passed at 4 p.m. ET Monday. Le’Veon Bell, Kirk Cousins, and Trumaine Johnson — the three remaining tagged players who did not sign long-term deals before Monday — will play under tag for 2017. They won’t be able to negotiate multi-year pacts with their respective teams now until after the season.

Let’s run through the latest on each situation.

Le’Veon Bell, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Player: 25-year-old Pittsburgh Steelers running back. Enters fifth season after being drafted in the second round in 2013. Bell is arguably the NFL’s top dual-threat running back and is the engine of an explosive Steelers offense. He has averaged 128.72 yards from scrimmage in 47 career regular-season games.

The Contract: He’ll earn $12.1 million on the one-year franchise tag. The tag number is four million more than the average per-year number in LeSean McCoy‘s five-year, $40 million contract.

Lingering question: Will a combination of injury history and suspension issues give Pittsburgh pause to invest long-term in the running back?

The Reports: NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported on Good Morning Football on Monday that it’s “too close to call” on whether a deal gets done. He added that while the two sides are still engaged in negotiations, a source informed of the situation says a deal is not imminent. In the end, no deal materialized.

Conclusion: We called it: no long-term deal. While Bell might have had the best shot to surprise today, the running back market is so surpassed — and hasn’t moved in about five years — it makes little sense for either side to budge. The $12.1 million is so much higher than the current market at the position, Bell has little incentive to lower the number. The team likely won’t want to

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