In averaging 19.9 FanDuel points per game, Bell ran for 1,291 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2017.
Previous year the Steelers tagged Bell and failed to work out long term contract extension with him prior to the offseason National Football League deadline to do so.
Bell told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler on Thursday that he would consider sitting out the 2018 season or even retiring altogether if the Steelers used the franchise tag on him once again.
"Just get the numbers straight, exactly where we want them. I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at". The 321 rushing attempts represented a career high for Bell, the most since he tallied 290 rushing attempts in 2014. If Bell is tagged between February 20th and March 6th, Pittsburgh would have until July 16th to come to a long term agreement. "I'm not going to settle for anything", Bell told Fowler.
Bell reportedly turned down a multi-year contract from the Steelers prior to last year's deadline that would have paid him roughly $30 million in the first two years and $42 million through the first three years of the deal.
But that's a conversation for another time, at least according to Bell, who tweeted this shortly after news broke that he could take 2018 off. He doesn't want that opportunity to pass him by.
The Pittsburgh Steelers are days away from starting their journey to fight for the right to move on to the AFC Title game, and then hopefully the Super Bowl, where they'll look to capture the franchise's seventh ring.
"I don't necessarily care about the money aspect of it", explains Bell. "I just want to be valued where I'm at". I feel I can do that. He says he wants to finish his career with the Steelers. But whenever Pittsburgh's 2017 season ends, Bell's future with the team will be the biggest story line of the offseason (assuming Roethlisberger doesn't retire). Ideally, Bell could get that aforementioned long-term deal.