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SCB Steelers; Quick Hitters: The “How Close is Close?” Edition

Good Monday to you Steelers’ Fans!

It seems as guaranteed as the sun coming up that there will be a weekly comment or story about how the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell are “close” to a long-term deal. What we have to do first here is decide just what “close” in this case means. There’s no way that Bell takes anything less than $14.5 million per season; that’s what he’s scheduled to make in 2018 should he sign and play under the Franchise Tag. The Steelers have not shown any willingness to pay that but shouldn’t we assume they’re close?