Le'Veon Bell threatens Steelers right before his playoffs start

Bell has been pretty incredible in helping Pittsburgh get to this point in the 2017 National Football League season so far, as he has rushed 321 times for 1,291 yards and caught 85 passes for 655 yards, along with 11 total touchdowns. That number would be roughly $14.5 million for 2018, Bell's age-26 campaign.

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it", Bell told ESPN before Thursday's practice in preparation for Sunday's AFC Divisional playoff game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Since Pittsburgh picked Bell in the second round of the 2013 draft, he has compiled 5,336 rushing yards and scored 35 touchdowns on the ground. When this came out, he simply wanted Steelers Nation to know he's not turning the attention to himself.

Bell said he'd "probably be done" playing football if he sat out the entire season.


Le'Veon Bell is serious about getting a long-term contract from the Steelers. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".

Last year, Bell turned down a contract estimated to be worth $30 million in the first two years because he felt the team wasn't giving him his worth.

The team did have a long-term offer on the table until July 18, the deadline for franchise player designees to avoid playing this season under the tag by inking a different deal. I'm a guy they can kind of look at. That being said, it's unusual to hear this come out before the Steelers' first playoff game of the season. "I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'm going to do it". But that's exactly what they have following Le'Veon Bell's comments Thursday about his future with the team.

"I'm trying to win a super bowl", he wrote. It sounds picky, but saying "I can/could care less" implies that it's something you really care about. As far as Roethlisberger, the two-time Super Bowl champion said on Wednesday that he is not even thinking about the possibility that the game against the Jaguars could be his last game at Heinz Field.

  • Steve Townsend