Le'Veon Bell To Consider Sitting Out Or Retiring If Franchise Tagged

The NFL has seen a spike in recent years of players being hit with the franchise tag multiple years in a row. The Rams were unafraid to use it twice on Trumaine Johnson. Kirk Cousins has been playing on the franchise tag with the Redskins since 1865. And Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell could be facing a second straight year of the tag. Unless he just refuses to play. 

Bell, speaking to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, said he would consider sitting out the 2018 season or even retiring (?!?) from football if the Steelers decided to use the tag on him for a second year in a row.

"I hope it doesn't come to that, but I would definitely consider it," Bell said Thursday, ahead of the Steelers Divisional Round game against the Jaguars.

Last year, the Steelers made the easy decision to place the franchise tag on Bell. The two sides Bell and the Steelers entered into negotiations that lasted deep into the offseason, but things fell apart ahead of the mid-July deadline to sign players who were given the franchise tag.