Le’Veon Bell’s threat to sit out season written off as April Fools' Day joke

Le'Veon Bell has not gotten the long-term deal he wants yet, but he will make $12.1 million this season.

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell vowed Saturday to sit out the 2017 season rather than play under the franchise tag, but the threat is being dismissed as an April Fool’s Day joke.

While Bell’s tweet was enough to make Steelers fans at least temporarily nervous, he has a history of playfulness on the first day of April. Last year to the day, he told the Twitterverse he was leaving the Steelers.

NFL players are rarely fond of having the franchise tag placed on them, and even though Bell is set to make about $12 million under the designation next season, some NFL observers are interpreting his tweet as a passive-aggressive negotiating tactic as he seeks a long-term contract.

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