Steelers, Le'Veon Bell fail to reach deal by deadline

Steelers, Le'Veon Bell fail to reach deal by deadline

This means the two sides can not negotiate a long-term deal until the 2017 National Football League season draws to a conclusion.

The deadline to sign a player under the franchise tag to a long-term extension has come and gone, and for the Pittsburgh Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell, they were unable to agree to terms.

The $12.1 million Bell is scheduled to earn in 2017 is roughly $4 million more than what LeSean McCoy earns in a year.

Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell in March.

Bell's 157 total yards per game last season ranks third all-time for a running back. The two-time All-Pro will play this upcoming season under the franchise tag.

Bell will be ready for the start of training camp, although it is not a given he shows up. Villanueva's situation is very different than Tuitt's when it comes to leverage, however, because the Steelers can easily retain the former undrafted free agent after the 2017 season is over with a second-round restricted tender. Bell stayed away from offseason workouts while recovering from groin surgery.

Investing in Bell has become a question for the Steelers since he has been plagued with injuries and suspensions, missing 16 games in his four-year career.

Both sides remained quiet about the negotiations. He set franchise records with 4,166 and 4,917 yards the past two seasons.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell may not report to Steelers camp until "mid-to-late August".