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Le'Veon Bell Reportedly Turned Down This Contract From The Steelers

LeVeon Bell walking on the field.

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 10: Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers reacts after a 20 yard touchdown reception in the first quarter during the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field on December 10, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin Berl/Getty Images)

Earlier today, the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to come to terms with Le'Veon Bell on a multi-year deal. As a result of missing the deadline, Bell will play this season on the team's $14.5 million franchise tag.

Now, just because no contract was agreed upon doesn't mean the two sides didn't negotiate. There were reported discussions between Bell and the Steelers, but nothing could be worked out.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the final offer from Pittsburgh was a five-year deal worth $70 million. That is up from last year's final offer of five years, $60 million, but like all NFL contracts, what matters is how much money is guaranteed, not what the total is.

At first glance, it seems crazy that Bell turned that down. However, Bleacher Report's Justis Mosqueda broke down in depth why he made the decision he did.

Mosqueda also has a few more tweets about it on his Twitter page, if you want to go and read all of them.

Bottom line is, Bell is willing to bet he can find a more attractive deal in free agency next year. If he produces this season like he has the last four, he just might do that.

Whether it will be in Pittsburgh or not is another story.