Earlier we reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers weren't going to make use of the franchise or transition tag on Le'Veon Bell, which suggests the star working again will turn out to be a free agent. Bell ended up sitting out all of final season throughout a contract dispute and the Steelers lastly got here to the conclusion that he wasn't definitely worth the tag. The previous few weeks have been tough for Steelers followers contemplating the workforce is now going to lose each Bell and large receiver Antonio Brown. Both of those gamers have had very public disputes with the workforce and it is clear the Steelers have mishandled their conditions.
Today, Bell took to Twitter to precise his pleasure, saying: "Free finally, Free finally, Thank God Almighty I'm free finally."
"Le'Veon continues to be an important participant," Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert advised reporters. "We cannot afford to make use of some other sort of tags. Le'Veon can be an unrestricted free agent initially of the brand new league 12 months."
The Steelers missed the playoffs final season after ending with a report of 9-6-1. Without Bell and Brown, the offense can be in for a tricky season, except Ben Roethlisberger and JuJu Smith-Schuster can have profession years.
Le’Veon Bell Will Become A Free Agent As Steelers Refuse To Use Transition Tag
The Steelers are about to lose two of their finest gamers.
It's a tough time to be a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. It was introduced this week that large receiver Antonio Brown and workforce president Art Rooney II agreed that it's time for the 2 events to half methods. Now, it seems as if the workforce can even lose out of operating again Le'Veon Bell. Of course, Bell held out all of final season due to a contract dispute. This offseason, the Steelers may have hit Bell with both the franchise or transition tag, which might give the Steelers management over contract negotiations. Now although, it seems as if the workforce is not going to hit him with any form of tag and are literally letting him grow to be a free agent, in accordance with ESPN.
"Le'Veon continues to be an important participant," Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert instructed reporters. "We cannot afford to make use of every other kind of tags. Le'Veon can be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the brand new league yr."
Colbert additionally talked about how the workforce is about to lose Antonio Brown to a commerce, which is as he described, "disappointing."
"We're all disillusioned we're at this level. How issues transpired, we're all disillusioned," Colbert mentioned. "Respectfully, we did agree [that looking] right into a commerce would in all probability be one of the best plan of action for each side. .... By no means are we going to make a commerce or any kind of transfer that won't be helpful to the Pittsburgh Steelers group. We is not going to be discounting you on the commerce market and we is not going to launch you."
The Steelers completed this season with a 9-6-1 report and simply barely missed the playoffs.
Nick Foles’ Free-Agency: Eagles Could Use "Franchise Tag" To Gain Leverage
Philadelphia Eagles may resort to the “franchise tag” because the Nick Foles’ scenario unfolds.
NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen spoke at size this morning a few vary of football-related points (together with the Super Bowl) on the most recent episode of ESPN Postseason NFL Countdown. Of curiosity to Philadelphia Eagles’ followers specifically, and different NFL franchises missing a bonafide beginning quarterback had been the rumors regarding Nick Foles future pursuits.
Schefter appears to assume the Philadelphia Eagles are leaning in direction of placing the franchise tag on Foles, with a view to management his motion. If they do not, they’ve certainly one of two choices going into subsequent season: pay him massive bucks if solely to supplant Carson Wentz of his beginning berth within the fast future. The different is simply as unappealing to diehard Eagle followers: permitting Nick Foles a deserved beginning berth someplace else. Notice how, inside the framework of the present Collective Bargaining Agreement, there’s merely to room to house both Nick Foles and Carson Wentz below one roof.
Chris Mortensen seconded Schefter’s notion by including his personal prediction as to what would transpire within the occasion of a franchise tender. “And the place he winds up, I believe what the Eagles want to see is one thing develop with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a result of John DeFilippo is now down there because the offensive coordinator, Mortensen contended. “He was the Eagles’ quarterback coach a yr in the past once they gained the Super Bowl. But Foles is aware of, and his representatives, that this can be a enterprise. He’s not going to play good with the Eagles.”
And should you assume a situation wherein the Eagles “franchise” Foles then commerce him to the Jaguars is unrealistic, contemplate this: The Pittsburgh Steelers are contemplating taking place the identical route and utilizing the franchise tag on wantaway running back Le’Veon Bell. What would you do should you had been within the Eagles’ precarious place?
JuJu Smith-Schuster On Steelers’ Drama: "Let’s Stop All The Bullshit"
"For me, it is extra so like, let's hold the fellows on the workforce and win the Super Bowl."
Pittsburgh Steelers extensive receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster simply needs everybody to get alongside.
During a dialogue with NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on the "RapSheet and Friends" podcast, Smith-Schuster spoke about his dream situation for the Steelers offense, which incorporates each Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown remaining within the black and gold.
"In my dream world ... I might have Le'Veon Bell because the working again with James Conner. I would have AB keep on the opposite aspect. We'd win the Super Bowl with the fellows that we now have, the fellows that we hold. Obviously it is robust, conditions like the place you may't management—Art Rooney and Mike Tomlin with that scenario. For me, it is extra so like, let's hold the fellows on the workforce and win the Super Bowl. Let's cease all of the bullshit."
Of course, it is a close to lock that Le'Veon Bell will not be with the Steelers subsequent season, and it seems that Antonio Brown is hoping he'll be following Bell out the door.
Brown was inactive for the Steelers' ultimate recreation of the season towards the Cincinnati Bengals, as Pittsburgh picked up a 16-13 victory however missed out on the playoffs with a 9-6-1 file. Since then, AB has brazenly expressed a need to play for the San Francisco 49ers regardless of the actual fact he's underneath contract with the Steelers by means of 2021.