Appearing on the NFL Network’s Top 100 broadcast, Pittsburgh running back LeVeon Bell maintained that he’s closer to an extension than last offseason as he enters another summer under the franchise tag.

The network deemed Bell its No. 5 player in the NFL based on a voting system composed of current players.

“Obviously, the people in the organization try to do what’s best for them, and I’m trying to do what’s best for me,” Bell said. “We’re working on it. We’re a lot closer than we were last year at this time. That’s what I’m happy about. None of that matters if we don’t get it done. Hopefully we’ll try to get something done. That’s what I’m looking forward to. I got confidence we’ll get it done. I want to do it.”

“I don’t want to have the replications of what happened last year,” he said. “But if that came down to that, obviously I got to do what I got to do. Take my stand and protect myself. I don’t want to have to do that. I want to go to camp and play for the Steelers long term.”

Le’Veon Bell, in hopes of securing a long-term deal with the Steelers, has yet to sign the franchise tag, which would pay him $14.5 million for the 2018 season. More of the same from the Steelers. Guys like Bell don’t come around too often. Pay the man his money.