Steelers Place Franchise Tag on Le’Veon Bell

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Le’Veon Bell

A regular contributor to Fox News and MSNBC for his insight on political races and issues in the Latino community, Chuck Rocha is the president and founder of Solidarity Strategies, which consulted for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of the political realm, Chuck Rocha is an avid fan of the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers secured an integral part of its offense in the 2017 NFL offseason by placing the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. This gives the team exclusive negotiating rights with the 25-year-old. If he does not sign a long-term deal with the Steelers before July 15, Bell will earn north of $12 million in 2017 and become a free agent following the season.

A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Bell has been one of the Steelers’ most dynamic players for the past four seasons. In 47 career games, he has accumulated 4,045 yards rushing, 2,005 yards receiving, and a combined 31 touchdowns. Last season, he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage per game with 157 and touches per game with 28. He also recorded a career-high in rushing yards per game with 105.7.