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Steelers' Le'Veon Bell speak up amid retirement talk

Steelers' Le'Veon Bell speak up amid retirement talk

After being selected in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Bell made less than $1 million in base salary in each of his first four seasons, even as he emerged as one of the NFL's top running backs.

"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.

If there's a silver lining for the Steelers, it's that Bell doesn't appear eager to leave Pittsburgh.

With running back Le'Veon Bell possibly entering free agency this offseason and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger undecided on whether or not he will play another year, the future of the Pittsburgh Steelers certainly seems murky at the moment.

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Last year, Bell turned down a contract estimated to be worth $30 million in the first two years because he felt the team wasn't giving him his worth. "I'm not going out here getting the ball 400 times if I'm not getting what I feel I'm valued at".

Bell finished second in the league with 1,946 yards from scrimmage.

. "They tag me again, it will be me [saying], 'OK, do I want to play on the tag or do I not want to play on the tag?' That's what it comes down to".

He reiterated he doesn't care about the money aspect of playing football and said he would be comfortable leaving the sport if he felt he was getting a raw deal. "Right now, I'm just kind of doing it because I love it. I'm in a position where I can do that, and I'm going to do it". These comments went viral, and Bell took to Twitter in an attempt to defuse the situation. Perhaps it was his way of trying to show how committed he is to wanting to stay in Pittsburgh for the long-haul and win it all this year. As far as Roethlisberger, the two-time Super Bowl champion said on Wednesday that he is not even thinking about the possibility that the game against the Jaguars could be his last game at Heinz Field.

Well, after a career full of highlight reels and plenty of talent left in the tank, Bell is looking for money.