Sounds the two sides are closer than last year but expect the franchise tag to be used on Bell for the 2nd year in a row unless a last-minute deal can be reached before Tuesday's deadline. We got some new quotes from Bell, making the case why he deservers more jack...
"We're not coming to a number we both agree on -- they are too low, or I guess they feel I'm too high," Bell said. "I'm playing for strictly my value to the team. That's what I'm asking. I don't think I should settle for anything less than what I'm valued at."
Bell said he wasn't bluffing when he told ESPN in January that he'll contemplate retirement if asked to play on the tag another year. All options are on the table.
"I just have to decide if I'm going to play when the time comes," Bell said.
Bell, 26, confirmed last year he turned down a contract worth $42 million over the first three years and an average of $13.3 million over the life of the deal.
"Earlier I said I felt we would get one done, and this year we are a lot closer than last year. In good spirit, I feel we can get something done. But unless something drastic changes, it won't be [this week]."