The contract negotiation saga of LeVeon Bell has been a long and winding one, but Monday night, Bell provided what might be considered a glimmer of hope. Appearing on NFL Network's The Top 100 Players of 2018 Reactions show, Bell let on that negotiations between himself and the Steelers on a long-term deal are in better shape than they were a year ago.
"Obviously, the people in the organization try to do what's best for them and I'm trying to do what's best for me," Bell said. "We're working on it. We're a lot closer than we were last year at this time. That's what I'm happy about. None of that matters if we don't get it done. Hopefully we'll try to get something done. That's what I'm looking forward to. I got confidence we'll get it done. I want to do it."
As the rest of the story said, for a while now, Bell has been angling for a long-term contract that keeps him in Pittsburgh but the two sides have been unable to come to an equitable agreement. The Steelers ended up using the franchise tag on Bell last offseason and, after holding out for much of that offseason in an attempt to create leverage, Bell played out the season on the tag.