The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to slap the franchise tag on running back Le'Veon Bell in advance of Tuesday's deadline, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported.
Bell would receive $14.544 in 2018 -- the second straight season he will play under the franchise tag should he sign the agreement. Bell signed the franchise contract in 2017 after sitting out offseason workouts.
Bell, 26, was optimistic a long-term deal could be struck and the sides have until July 16 to do so. He said during Super Bowl week that contract talks "were all about the guarantees'' and hinted that it would require more than $30 million guaranteed to get it done.