Le'Veon Bell is ready (physically) for the start of training camp

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has recovered from offseason core muscle surgery, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports. Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and Los Angeles Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson are the two other players. However, it's worth noting that the last time Bell's agent, Adisa Bakari, represented a franchise tagged running back in 2012, that player, Matt Forte, ultimately signed a long-term contract extension with the Chicago Bears on the day of that year's deadline. The Steelers could also rescind the franchise tag and sign Bell to a one-year deal worth more than the tag would pay him, but that nearly certainly isn't going to happen.

Bell will be ready for the start of training camp, although it is not a given he shows up.

If no deal is reached, the Steelers will have the option to use the franchise tag on Bell again in 2018. The amount of that tag would be well over $14 million, however.