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Ian Rapoport Reveals What The Steelers Offered Le'Veon Bell

LeVeon Bell tossing the ball.

KANSAS CITY, MP - JANUARY 15: Running back Le'Veon Bell #26 of the Pittsburgh Steelers tosses the ball forward after gaining a first down against the Kansas City Chiefs during the first quarter in the AFC Divisional Playoff game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 15, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Earlier this week, the Pittsburgh Steelers failed to reach a contract agreement with running back Le'Veon Bell. For the second-consecutive year, Bell will play on the franchise tag, which will pay him $14.5 million for the 2018 season.

The two sides have been negotiating a contract extension for the better part of two years. Bell made it clear he wants to be paid like a playmaker, not a running back.

As a result, he was looking for big-time money. The Steelers made an offer, but it obviously wasn't enough for the three-time Pro Bowler.

Pittsburgh reportedly offered a five-year, $70 million deal that would have paid Bell $45 million over the first three years.

Bell was hoping to reset the market for running backs, but instead, he'll play the 2018 season on the franchise tag. The Steelers gave Bell over 400 touches last season, by far the most among running backs in the league.

At 26, Bell bet on himself to stay healthy.