Inside the next potential fight between Le’Veon Bell and the Steelers

The reason some rule out a third exclusive franchise tag is most likely Article 10, Section 2-B of the CBA, which states that the third tag pays the average of the top five salaries “for players at the position with the highest such average.”The CBA gives an example of kickers on a third tag getting quarterback money.That would put Bell well over $20 million for 2019.The Steelers won’t pay that.Teams can target Bell on a non-exclusive franchise tag but at the cost of two first-round picks, which no one is paying.But once again, Bell’s sitting out 2018 can change the interpretation.Section 2 also references salary applicable to the “most recently negotiated player contract,” leaving one industry source believing that Bell’s franchise tag would be $14.5million again (with the standard 120 pe

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