The Pittsburgh Steelers are doubling down on optimism over a Le'Veon Bell contract.

The Steelers have spoken to Bell's reps at the NFL combine to "try to figure out common ground" for a long-term deal, general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters Wednesday.

Colbert says he hopes a deal is reached by March 6, the last day for designating a franchise player. Bell's franchise number is around $14.5 million for 2018.

Last year, the Steelers placed an exclusive tag on Bell on Feb. 26. There was less optimism over an extension then, and he ended up playing for one year at $12.1 million.