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No deal for Steelers' Bell; RB to make $12.1M

Le'Veon Bell will be the NFL's highest-paid running back next season under less-than-ideal circumstances for the player and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The franchise tag deadline came and went without a long-term deal for Bell, who will play on a $12.12 million exclusive franchise tag in 2017. Next year, the Steelers can tag Bell again at around $14 million or re-sign him. As expected, Bell's negotiations with the Steelers pressed against the deadline of July 17 at 4 p.m. ET, a similar theme with star players such as Dez Bryant and Von Miller in recent years.