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Bell signs franchise tender

Running back Le'Veon Bell signed his his franchise tender today.

Bell, the Steelers second-round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, has rushed for 4,045 yards, with 26 touchdowns, and has caught 227 passes for 2,005 yards and five touchdowns in four seasons. 

Bell finished the 2016 regular season with 261 carries for 1,268 yards, a 4.9-yard average, and seven touchdowns. He also had 75 receptions for 616 yards, and 8.2-yard average, and two touchdowns. Bell was also selected to the Pro Bowl last year and won Steelers MVP honors.  

He reached 4,000 yards rushing in his 47th career game, the second fewest games to do so in Steelers' history (Jerome Bettis, 44) and reached 6,000 yards from scrimmage in his 47th career game, which is tied for the second fewest games in NFL history to do so.

Bell set a Steelers' single-game record last year, rushng for 236 yards on a career-high 38 carries in the 27-20 win over the Buffalo Bills. 

The Steelers have a two-week roster exemption for Bell, which begins today.

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