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Tomlin Confident About Le’Veon Bell’s Situation

July 17, 2017
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Tomlin Confident About Le’Veon Bell’s Situation

Mike Tomlin is confident that Le’Veon Bell will be at training camp regardless of what happens with his contract situation.

Tomlin, who spoke with WAVY TV 10’s Bruce Radar at the Hampton Roads Youth Foundation over the weekend, discussed Bell’s current contract situation. The Steelers have until 4 p.m. Monday to sign Bell to a long term deal before the start of the 2017 season.

“I’m optimistic,” Tomlin said, via SteelersWire.com. “As you say, the deadline is Monday, you know, and he may even be in camp with a long-term deal. We’ll see how the weekend unfolds. I don’t have direct involvement in those things, but obviously I’m watching with keen interest.”

The Steelers’ 2016 MVP, Bell will make $12.12 million if he plays under the franchise tag next season, which would make him the NFL’s highest paid running back. Pittsburgh will have the highest paid running back and receiver in the NFL next season, with Antonio Brown making an average of over $1 million a game in 2017. Brown signed a four-year, $68 million contract extension earlier this offseason that will keep him in Pittsburgh through the 2021 season.

Tomlin, who is entering his 11th season as the Steelers head coach, also discussed his team as a whole over the weekend, as Pittsburgh looks to advance to their first Super Bowl since the 2010 season.

“We’ve got talent, but more importantly, we’ve got a nice blend of experience and inexperience and the older guys that have been around,” Tomlin said. “They’re doing a great job of educating the younger guys and that’s what it’s about. The younger guys are working hard and learning those lessons. I look forward to going to camp with them.”

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