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Le’Veon Bell Could Sit Out First 8 Games If Contract Isn’t Resolved

Running back Le’Veon Bell could be upping the pressure in his contract standoff with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I think it’s possible Le’Veon Bell sits out the first half of the year if he doesn’t get a long-term deal done,” ESPN’s Adam Schefter said on SiriusXM Radio (h/t Ross Tucker of SiriusXM). “The goal at that point would be to hit 2019 free agency healthy, not rack up another 400 touches.”

Bell, 26, has until 4 p.m. ET on Monday to agree to a long-term deal with the Steelers, after which he has to either sign his $14.5 million franchise tender or begin a holdout.

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