Steelers' Le'Veon Bell completely healed from core muscle surgery

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 17, 2017

Steelers' star running back Le'Veon Bell was designated as the team's franchise player, which gives him a one-year contract valued around $12 million - the average salary of the five highest-paid players at his position for this season. The Steelers could also rescind the franchise tag and sign Bell to a one-year deal worth more than the tag would pay him, but that nearly certainly isn't going to happen. However, it's worth noting that the last time Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, represented a franchise tagged running back in 2012, that player, Matt Forte, ultimately signed a long-term contract extension with the Chicago Bears on the day of that year's deadline.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, Bell is fully recovered from groin surgery he underwent during the offseason and should be ready to practice without limitations.

Bell not signing the tag by 4 p.m. ET largely suggests a training camp holdout is imminent. And without a new contract, there's always the chance he might not.

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