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The chances of Le’Veon Bell signing an extended-time period extension forward of Monday’s four p.m. ET franchise-tag deadline is “too near name,” NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport reviews.

The Pittsburgh Steelers operating again would earn $12.1 million with the tag, and there is been little speak of the 2 events coming to an settlement earlier than the deadline.

“(It is) too near name proper now on whether or not Bell will get that blockbuster lengthy-time period extension to maintain him in Pittsburgh for a very long time,” Rapoport stated, based on NFL.com’s Kevin Patra.

“Whether or not or not he will should go yr by yr on the franchise tag, this can be a robust one as a result of the tag is $12 million, far larger than any operating again available on the market makes proper now. So Bell (is) already the very best-paid operating again, (and he) want to be the very best-paid operating again on an extension. We’ll see in the event that they get a deal achieved by four p.m. (ET). No phrase but on whether or not it is going to occur.”

Bell’s $12.1 million is properly past the highest common annual wage for a operating again at $eight million per yr, held by LeSean McCoy, so the Steelers will virtually definitely have to provide their star rusher a deal that far exceeds McCoy’s.

After sitting out three video games to start out the 2016 season due to a suspension, Bell re-established himself as arguably the perfect operating again within the league. He completed the yr with 1,268 dashing yards and 616 receiving yards in 12 video games and averaged 157 scrimmage yards per recreation – tops within the league by a substantial margin.