Le'Veon Bell says the prospect of becoming a free agent in 2017 has not crossed his mind.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Bell is in the final year of a four-year deal reportedly worth just over $4million. The highest-paid back, Adrian Peterson, has a three-year, $42m deal.
"I haven't even been paying attention to that. I'm just playing football," Bell told reporters on Friday.
On Friday, it was reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter that the Steelers are expected to use the franchise tag on Bell after the season, which means he would earn $12.37m in 2017 while the Steelers try to reach a new deal with the 24-year-old.
Schefter said it appears "likely" the two teams will reach an agreement on a new contract. But the Steelers have a history of letting star players walk.
Pittsburgh also famously do not negotiate contracts during the season. That seems fine with Bell, who is willing to wait.
"When we get to that spot in my career, wherever I am, I'll worry about that then," Bell said. "Right now I'm not worried about that."