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Le'Veon Bell's retirement talk 'not drama to us,' Steelers' Mike Tomlin says

Kevin Gorman
| Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, 1:36 p.m.
Steelers running back LeVeon Bell avoids the Chiefs' Ron Parker in the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium.
Chaz Palla | Tribune-Review
Steelers running back LeVeon Bell avoids the Chiefs' Ron Parker in the second quarter Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at Arrowhead Stadium.

After creating a stir by suggesting to ESPN that he would either sit out the 2018 season or retire if the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him again, All-Pro running back Le'Veon Bell declined comment Friday.

This season, the Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell, paying him $12.12 million. They could do it again this offseason, which would prevent Bell from becoming an unrestricted free agent.

Bell tweeted Thursday:

When asked why the Steelers seem to thrive on drama and distraction, Steelers coach Mike Tomlin responded, "Because it's not drama to us. It's created by you guys."

Kevin Gorman is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @KGorman_Trib.

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