- The Washington Times - Friday, December 16, 2016

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to use their franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell this offseason, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The tag, which would block Bell from signing with another team for one season, would guarantee Bell $12.377 million next season.

The tag will allow the Steelers to lock up Bell for one season while they work towards a long-term contract. According to Schefter, the deal could rival Adrian Peterson’s six-year, $85.28 million deal reached with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011. Peterson is the NFL’s highest-paid running back.

Bell is coming off an unbelievable game against the Buffalo Bills, where he rushed for 236 yards on 38 attempts, added another 62 receiving yards and scored three touchdowns. His 1,616 total yards through his first 10 games this season is the second-highest total in the history of the NFL, trailing only Jim Brown’s 1,704-yard start with the Cleveland Browns in 1963.

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