Fans around the league can now take Bell and Brown off their wish list. Yes, it was a pie in the sky idea, but hey, one can wish can’t they? One can dream can’t they, regardless of how ludicrous the dream is?
Brown received a contract extension that makes him the highest-paid receiver in the NFL and used the franchise tag on Bell.
The Steelers and Bell both expressed interest in completing a long-term deal. But this year the $11 million fully guaranteed franchise tag will have to do.
The move to franchise Bell does not prevent the two parties from working on a long term deal and he still could get one and likely will.
In 2016 Bell appeared in 12 games rushing for 1,286 yards and 7 touchdowns.