Kevin Colbert optimistic about Le’Veon Bell deal

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The Steelers and running back Le'Veon Bell are in similar positions to the ones they were in at this point last year, but General Manager Kevin Colbert thinks the outcome of their contract talks will be different.

Colbert said “I believe I am” optimistic when asked about the chances of signing Bell to a long-term contract rather than using the franchise tag for the second straight year.

“We met with Le’Veon before he left and said, ‘Look, we have a strong desire to keep you with the Pittsburgh Steelers the remainder of your career,'” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We do know that Le’Veon has been a great player for us. We think he can still be a great player from this point forward, and we’d love to have him be a Steeler for the rest of his career.”

Colbert obviously didn’t rule out using the tag, which can be done between February 20 and March 6. Bell would be in line for a salary of $14.5 million if that should happen, although Bell said talks have been more fruitful this year than last and increased motivation on both sides could push things across the finish line this time around.

27 responses to “Kevin Colbert optimistic about Le’Veon Bell deal

  1. Cant wait to hear the brilliance about to be displayed by the Pats trolls about Bell and the Steelers. Their obsession with the Steelers is from fear that the end is near….ah enjoy seeing their fears on display.

    Bell is important to the Steelers, but if they don’t improve the defense he wont be able to overcome their liability.

  2. Cant wait to hear the brilliance about to be displayed by the Pats trolls about Bell and the Steelers. Their obsession with the Steelers is from fear that the end is near….ah enjoy seeing their fears on display.
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    The ultimate hypocrite comment here. You are on every single Patriots article trolling like crazy. How are Pats fans obsessed with the Steelers? The Steelers are just another notch on the belt for the Pats. Year in and year out that game is almost an automatic win for the Pats. Seems like the shoe is on the other foot.

  3. The running back position is simply not worth that anymore. I don’t care if it’s for the love child of Walter Payton and Barry Sanders.

  4. sign Bell, there aren’t many holes to fill on defense. Inside linebacker for 2018, smart or not Shazier will be back in 2019, and really that is the only hole unless you want to replace Dupree and Mitchell now. All 3 positions can be filled through the draft.

    Have Joe Haden and 3 talented young corners in Burns, Sutton, and Allen. Their best football is ahead of them. Sean Davis is going to be a great safety.

    Have to sign Bell, this idea that everything he does for this team can be replaced by 2-3 players is some of the dumbest yinzer crap I’ve heard in years.

    Keep the B’s together and just outscore everyone if need be. Fichtner has to be better than Haley at scripting the first 10-15 plays.

    Heyward and Tuitt cant get shutdown against the Jaguars every time we play them. Nobody mentions that our All-Pro DE got completely shut down by the Jags rookie tackle. I sense a new rivalry coming with Jacksonville, they built a great team down there, if they had a real QB they’d instantly become my Super Bowl 53 pick.

  5. Could be as simple as this?

    Steelers reportedly offered LBell $30M guaranteed last year and running backs have short shelf lives……like Willie Parker.

    He got $12M on the tag. If they offer him $30M guaranteed AGAIN, he will have managed to get $42M guaranteed in this situation he is in.

    He did roll the dice with 500 or so more additional touches in ’17 but he finished the year upright.

  6. There’s no way they can afford Bell. Let him go.

    Teams in need of Leveon are all NFC: Bears, Bucs, Packers, Lions, Giants, Redskins. So it’s not gonna bite Pittsburgh in the *ss.

  7. If the Steelers weren’t so tight on the cap, it’s a no brainer, but that’s simply not the case. The thing about Bell is that he is a true workhorse back. He is obviously an incredible runner, he is absolutely the best pass catching RB in the league and he’s also the best run blocking RB in the league.
    However a long term deal at this point, for a guy who is racking up touches at a historical pace is simply not advisable. That’s not even considering his off field issues. If he wants to play under the tag again and they can find the space, do it. There is not another RB in the league that does what he does, so you’re not going to find a replacement this year. However, it might be wise to consider starting to look for that replacement now.

  8. $14.5 million seems like a lot when all you get is clown stomped twice by Jacksonville. If they’re going to be embarrassed in front of all those long faced towel wavers, they could do it for a lot less.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    Cant wait to hear the brilliance about to be displayed by the Pats trolls about Bell and the Steelers. Their obsession with the Steelers is from fear that the end is near….ah enjoy seeing their fears on display.

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    Fear? Hardly. We Pats fans have nothing but appreciation for our Steelers rivals and if their GM wants to don the clownsuit and pay 14.5 mil for a player at one of the most commoditized positions in football, then he has our full support.

  10. Still not sure why the Steelers routinely got away from running the ball with Bell. Every time they did it bad things happened.
    Bell was the engine on the Steeler’s offense, not Brown.
    That said, they can’t overpay this guy. He’s got a limited shelf life left.

  11. $14.5 million seems like a lot when all you get is clown stomped twice by Jacksonville. If they’re going to be embarrassed in front of all those long faced towel wavers, they could do it for a lot less.
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    If you can explain to me how Leveon Bell was responsible for the defense being unable to stop the Jags, I’d love to hear it. I’m sure it’s a really interesting, hot take….

  12. Nofoolnodrool says:
    February 15, 2018 at 12:26 pm
    Cant wait to hear the brilliance about to be displayed by the Pats trolls about Bell and the Steelers. Their obsession with the Steelers is from fear that the end is near….ah enjoy seeing their fears on display.

    Bell is important to the Steelers, but if they don’t improve the defense he wont be able to overcome their liability.

    38 46 Rate This

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    Actually, we enjoy watching you draft dumb primadonnas who destroy your cap position.

    Enjoy, bozo!

  13. As a Ravens fan I would love to see the Steelers squader millions in cap space on a RB. Just leave the defense the way it is but make sure you sign the RB.

    Signed – Grateful Ravens Fan

  14. “inozwetrust says:
    February 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    As a Ravens fan I would love to see the Steelers squader millions in cap space on a RB. Just leave the defense the way it is but make sure you sign the RB.

    Signed – Grateful Ravens Fan”

    *cough* *cough* Ray Rice *cough* *cough*
    It’s better than squandering pick after pick on bust WR’s. Perriman, Moore, Reynolds, Campanaro, Streeter, Mellette, Smith – It would be awesome if eventually they hit on one WR. Or even better, just stop wasting your time drafting them and sign FAs. But hey I love your name. Keep trusting and enjoy missing the playoffs.

  15. I can’t imagine Bell being on the Steelers roster next year unless he decreases his salary demands. Wasn’t he unhappy about playing under the tag last which paid him the highest paid RB in the league by almost $2M. If they tag him and he signs he’ll be making more than double the next highest paid RB currently under contract for next year.

    Is Bell going to be happy playing for “only” $14.5M next year? Probably not because he wants a long-term deal that would pay him what a top-flight RB AND top-flight WR make. That’s totally unrealistic. In fact, a long-term deal with the tag as a starting point is also unrealistic. As someone else already mentioned, they’d be better off not tagging him and letting him go if they can’t agree to a contract. Since he wants so much money I don’t see that happening. They could then use that money to shore up that defense–it’s in bad shape.

    My guess is they’ll tender him–which he will take as an insult but then again, anything less than QB-money he will think is an insult. They can then use the 2nd-round pick and the extra money to get another RB and bolster the defense. I don’t think it makes financial sense to pay him what he will want. If he a great player? Yes. He does have some question marks (injuries and the suspension) though and the amount of money just doesn’t make financial sense.

  16. jman967 says:
    February 15, 2018 at 2:10 pm
    $14.5 million seems like a lot when all you get is clown stomped twice by Jacksonville. If they’re going to be embarrassed in front of all those long faced towel wavers, they could do it for a lot less.
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    If you can explain to me how Leveon Bell was responsible for the defense being unable to stop the Jags, I’d love to hear it. I’m sure it’s a really interesting, hot take….
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    Because he costs too much and this impedes signing better players on the defense

  17. DrSteveBrule says:
    Tag him, trade him for a plethora of picks, and draft his replacement early.
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    It’s not often you find a guy with the skills of both a general manager AND a standup comedian. Kudos.
    You’d have to have a contract in place with a new team before you could trade Le’Veon Bell off the tag. What team is dumb enough to not only pay Bell the kind of ludicrous money he’s looking for, but also give up a “plethora of picks” for the privilege?
    If, as you say, the easy solution for the Steelers is merely to “draft his replacement early,” then couldn’t any other running back-needy team do the very same thing, saving themselves a lot of dough, draft picks and headaches in the process?

  18. Can he play LB, CB or S? Better yet can he have the team focused and prepared for the team they’re actually playing each week?

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