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Le'Veon Bell, A Free Agent In 2017, Doesn't Want To Talk Contracts Until His Knee Is OK

Le'Veon Bell is set to become a free agent in 2017. 

The Pittsburgh Steelers' running back wants to remain with the franchise he's been with his entire career, but he doesn't want to talk about an extension right now. 

The 24-year-old running back, who tore his MCL and PCL in Week 8 of the 2015 season, says he wants to make sure his knee is fully healed before discussing a new deal with the Steelers. 

Bell has been progressing well, but Pittsburgh held him out of team drills during this week's minicamp. 

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From ESPN:

Bell said after Thursday's minicamp session that his representatives and the Steelers are not discussing a new deal "right now."

"I just want to make sure my knee's good," Bell said. "Make sure everything's straight before all that comes about."

Bell, a second-round pick out of Michigan State by Pittsburgh in the 2013 NFL Draft, was perhaps the best running back in the NFL before he got hurt last year. He's totaled 2,777 yards and 22 touchdowns on 4.3 yards a carry thus far in his career, adding 1,389 receiving yards and 152 receptions.

The former Spartan says he gained some weight after having his knee surgically repaired, but has since slimmed down and plans on playing between 210 and 215 pounds during the season. 

Pittsburgh has begun contract talks with All-Pro offensive lineman David DeCastro but reportedly plans on "prioritizing" Bell as the summer winds down.