Le'Veon Bell and the Pittsburgh Steelers could not reach an agreement on a long-term contract before today's franchise tag deadline. That means Bell will have to play the 2018 season on the tag, which is worth $14.5 million.
Some have speculated that Bell could hold out for part of the season. His own agent basically said this will be his last season as a Steeler.
Bell himself addressed the Pittsburgh fans on Twitter this afternoon. He addressed his future briefly, only saying that he has always wanted to retire a Steeler.
"To all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler...both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times...to the fans that had hope, I’m sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date..." he wrote.
Of course, Bell might have wanted to retire a Steeler, but that doesn't mean he will do that. Circumstances change, and it certainly looks like he is heading to a big payday elsewhere in 2019.
However, if the 2018 season will really be his "best season to date," that means he probably won't be holding out, at least not for long.
If that's the case, Steeler fans should consider themselves very lucky.
As long as Bell is on the field, the Steelers are one of the NFL's most dangerous offenses and a Super Bowl contender.