Kevin Colbert on Le’Veon Bell: “He’ll be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018”

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For the second straight year, the Steelers have applied the franchise tag to running back Le'Veon Bell. For the second straight year, the Steelers and Bell possibly won’t get a long-term deal done before the mid-July deadline.

Regardless, Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert said that Bell will be back with the team this year.

“[H]e’ll be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018,” Colbert said during a visit to PFT Live during the league meetings in Orlando. “Unless he did something that he didn’t do last year, I think we can assume that if we don’t get a long-term deal done he’ll show up and he’ll be as ready as he can be. Ideally, [we] would love to have him there for training camp. Not only for himself but for the rest of the team.”

That thing he “didn’t do last year” would be a holdout that extends into, and possibly through, the 2018 season. That’s highly unlikely, given that Bell will make $14.56 million for one more year with the Steelers.

It’s also highly unlikely that the Steelers will rescind the franchise tender from Bell at some point before he signs it.

“I always say that of course it’s a possibility but not a probability,” Colbert said. “We wouldn’t have tagged him if we ever felt that. Right now, we know that Le’Veon will play for us in 2018 if he plays anywhere. That part would never be — I wouldn’t say never because something crazy can always happen. But that wouldn’t be a probability.”

For now, the goal remains to sign Bell to a long-term deal.

“We’ll try to reinstate those talks,” Colbert said. “Not on July 14th. Hopefully, we can maybe address it quicker than that.”

Getting him signed to a long-term deal means Bell would be at training camp, unlike last year.

“I think any player that misses camp — in his case it’s not a holdout if he hasn’t signed [the franchise tender],” Colbert said. “He’s not required to be there. . . . I think it does affect that player but I think it affects his teammates as well because they don’t get to work together. He had a productive year without coming to camp last year. Were we as good as we could’ve been especially early? Probably not. Hopefully, again, we can get something done long-term. He plugs in, there’s no distractions, and we go all try to win a Super Bowl.”

It would be Super Bowl win number seven for the Steelers, who definitely would be in much better position to achieve that goal if they have Bell all in for all of the 2018 offseason, training camp, and preseason.

34 responses to “Kevin Colbert on Le’Veon Bell: “He’ll be a Pittsburgh Steeler in 2018”

  1. Sure. And, which veterans are you cutting who won’t take paycuts to offset his 14 million per?

    Some teams simply don’t get it.

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

  2. Steelers putting all their eggs in a very unstable basket. Instead of building for the future, they think they can win it all when they know they can’t even beat the Jaguars or the Patriots. Steelers’ fans should prepare for another year of nothing more than Little Ben’s garbage time theatrics. This team is imploding.

  3. Colbert is a fool when it comes to cap management. He has done a good job drafting offensive players and that’s why the team is still pretty good. Spending 14.5M on Bell when an injury to him means you are left with a very flawed team that still doesnt have a good defense and the team lacks cap space for a good backup RB(whihc is a must in today’s league).

  4. Bell and Beckman should start their own team.

    They won’t be able to afford anyone else. So just the two of them.

  5. “tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Sure. And, which veterans are you cutting who won’t take paycuts to offset his 14 million per?

    Some teams simply don’t get it.

    Superstars don’t win SBs”
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    Well then the Pats should cut Brady and live by your ever changing mantras. Cap hell, cap space is overrated, Brady is the GOAT, superstars don’t win SBs – This is a fun game, isn’t it.

  6. Bell is the most complete back in the game. He’s an asset to any team. However his contract demands are crazy, so he will play out this year on the tag and walk in free agency next year. He wants 17 mil per year average. I have a feeling some desperate team will pay that, or near it – but I don’t see a bidding war at that price.

  7. tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Sure. And, which veterans are you cutting who won’t take paycuts to offset his 14 million per?

    Some teams simply don’t get it.

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

    5 12 Rate This

    What is Tom Brady then? Lol

  8. Not a Steelers fan so don’t know where they pick in first round but if they can get a stud running back they should draft him. He wont be as good as Bell but if he’s 80% of Bell get rid of Bell. Make Bell a healthy scratch the first couple games. No Rb is worth close to Qb money.

  9. jman967 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 11:04 am
    “tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Sure. And, which veterans are you cutting who won’t take paycuts to offset his 14 million per?

    Some teams simply don’t get it.

    Superstars don’t win SBs”
    —-
    Well then the Pats should cut Brady and live by your ever changing mantras. Cap hell, cap space is overrated, Brady is the GOAT, superstars don’t win SBs – This is a fun game, isn’t it.

    3 2 Rate This
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    Brady is 1 human being, who happens to be a HOF QB. But, Brady HELPED win 3 SBS in 4 years in the mid 00s, before he was ever considered a superstar.

    Get it?

    Yes, cap hell is real, quality depth due to injuries is a must (NE had no business in the 2013 or 2015 title games nor should it have been that close in the SB last year with all their captains down or gone from the 2016 SB winning team), yet Millennial midgets like you still don’t get it.

    Pitt will never beat NE if they continue on thinking buolding a top heavy roster, via salary allocation to mostly 3 or 4 players on offense, is somwehow magically going to make them a superior team.

    It’s still NE and then everyone else in the AF for this very fact.

    There’s a reason why BB walks from players who end up getting wildly overpaid elsewhere.

    Take the hint. It’s only been 15+ years to show everyone how its done.

  10. onemorethentherest says:
    March 29, 2018 at 11:11 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Sure. And, which veterans are you cutting who won’t take paycuts to offset his 14 million per?

    Some teams simply don’t get it.

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

    5 12 Rate This

    What is Tom Brady then? Lol

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    he’s ONE player. Do they overpay Edelman or Gronk on offense or an RB?

    Are you people this stupid?

    Was Brady a ‘spuerstar’ from 2001-2005?

  11. The Steelers should 5″11/220pd RB/WR Rashaad Penny out of SDSU in round 2 or 3 as he is an excellent dual threat RB/WR as well with 4.4 speed. I am kind of hoping my Arizona Cardinals draft him to back-up Elite All-Pro 6″2 RB/WR David Johnson, but if they dont or the Steelers get a shot at him the Steelers should draft him to replace LeVeon if LeVeon isnt going to be a Steeler much longer.

  12. Bell is only 26 years old. Michigan St. ran this guys wheels off w/382 carries in 2012. He’s definitely 1 of the best in the league but, do you risk a multi year deal for a RB when the average NFL career is 3-6 years (with very few exceptions)?

  13. @Tylawspicksix

    Actually yes, Tom Brady became a superstar after becoming at the time the youngest quarterback to win a super bowl.

    And don’t like act like whenever the Patriots win it’s only because of Tom Brady and whenever the Patriots lose, it’s never Tom Brady’s fault, even tho it usually his.

  14. tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 11:50 am
    onemorethentherest says:
    March 29, 2018 at 11:11 am
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am
    Sure. And, which veterans are you cutting who won’t take paycuts to offset his 14 million per?

    Some teams simply don’t get it.

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

    5 12 Rate This

    What is Tom Brady then? Lol

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    he’s ONE player. Do they overpay Edelman or Gronk on offense or an RB?

    ——————
    No but they definitely overpay the 11 guys that are suppose to stop the other team from scoring.

  15. I would like to see the Steelers sign LB to a long term but this is the right approach to take. LB will be 27 next year and if both sides can’t come to an agreement this will probably be his last year in the burgh. It will always be done the Steeler Way and not the other way around. This is why the Steelers are in contention every year. Nothing personal, just good business.

  16. he’s ONE player. Do they overpay Edelman or Gronk on offense or an RB?

    Are you people this stupid?

    Was Brady a ‘spuerstar’ from 2001-2005?

    I think it’s obvious that the wrong person is asking if you are stupid. Nobody weasels out of making a obtuse comment faster than Tylawspicksix…….fact.

  17. Now he wants $17M per year, last year it was $15M per year, which the Steelers offered but he denied it, even though his agent wanted to take it. This guy has proven one thing over the last couple years…..he doesn’t want to play in Pittsburgh and is taking the Kirk Cousins approach.. If he does get anywhere near the money he wants from someone next year, it will be from a team with a ton of cap space which means that team will not be very good, which means he won’t put up anywhere near the numbers he put up in Pittsburgh, which means that he won’t be that “elite” level RB anymore…..good luck in NY with the Jets next year, hope the cost of living doesn’t eat too much into your money you’re gonna get.

    Steelers need to draft a RB in the first 3 rounds this year and pair that guy with Conner and move on, it’s been real, it’s been fun, but it hasn’t been real fun Le’Veon, two straight years of whining about money, 3 season ending injuries in 5 years and two drug related suspensions……..and you want QB money?

  18. onemorethentherest says:
    March 29, 2018 at 12:20 pm
    @Tylawspicksix

    Actually yes, Tom Brady became a superstar after becoming at the time the youngest quarterback to win a super bowl.

    And don’t like act like whenever the Patriots win it’s only because of Tom Brady and whenever the Patriots lose, it’s never Tom Brady’s fault, even tho it usually his.

    6 1 Rate This
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    Umm, no, he was not a superstar in 2001. Sure, he played a nice SB and led the drive at the end, but that team was built on defense.

    Only in 2007, when the rules changed over to favor offenses, did Brady become a star like Manning, focusing on stats and fantasy points for little Millennials.

    Preposterous.

    Brady’s stats were good, his smart play, quietly great, but his stats did not force him to command big money by 2001 or 2002.

    Try again, little guy.

  19. tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

    *******************************************************************

    Almost like you conveniently forgot that Tom Brady is a 3-time SB MVP.

  20. Not a Steelers fan so don’t know where they pick in first round but if they can get a stud running back they should draft him. He wont be as good as Bell but if he’s 80% of Bell get rid of Bell. Make Bell a healthy scratch the first couple games. No Rb is worth close to Qb money.

    ________

    The depth at RB and the Steelers need at ILB and S, combined with the fact that Bell will be in Pittsburgh this season means the Steelers have no business taking a RB in the first 2 or 3 rounds. It also means they don’t HAVE to draft Bell’s replacement this year, that would come next April, in 2019. And the QB chatter needs to cease as well, that would take place in the draft in 2020.

    Or do you all not comprehend supply/demand and efficiency of timing? At RB, you draft a guy once the other guy is out the door. At QB, you draft a guy one year prior so he can sit, learn, and grow for at least one season.

    Bell’s gone after this year. He ain’t getting nowhere close to $17 mil/yr from the Rooneys!! Lol. And Ben did say 3 and he meant 3…he isn’t going to be anything less than 110% saying something like that to his Center and perhaps closest teammate, Maurkice Pouncey, of all people. So you haters and hacks can just chill with damn Derrius Guices/Sony Michels and Mason Rudolphs/Lamar Jacksons…

    Let’s talk about Evans or Vander Esch at ILB or Reid, Bates, Harrison, or Allen at Safety. Otherwise, you’re speaking gibberish, no comprendo.

  21. Its sort of a given he will be a Steeler in 2018. No one is taking him at that price and they certainly arent cutting him. Its 2019 that’s anyone’s guess.

    Comparing his situation to Brady’s is ludicrous, how did you guys even get going on that one?

  22. mmmpierogi says:
    March 29, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

    *******************************************************************

    Almost like you conveniently forgot that Tom Brady is a 3-time SB MVP.

    ***************************
    LOL, so for this argument Brady is NOT a system QB. Got it.
    And we have yet to see what tomorrow holds.

  23. Art of the crowd says:
    March 29, 2018 at 1:37 pm
    mmmpierogi says:
    March 29, 2018 at 1:21 pm
    tylawspick6 says:
    March 29, 2018 at 10:28 am

    Superstars don’t win SBs.

    *******************************************************************

    Almost like you conveniently forgot that Tom Brady is a 3-time SB MVP.

    ***************************
    LOL, so for this argument Brady is NOT a system QB. Got it.
    And we have yet to see what tomorrow holds

    It’s 4 time Super Bowl MVP (no one else has ever done that by the way) but I know the point that is being made.

    Running backs should not be paid like quarterbacks – the “win share” or whatever stat there is to rank that is not on the same page. They also tend to flame out quickly.

  24. I see a bunch of NE fans and idiots…same thing, never mind…but I saw y’all hating on my 100% accurate comment. Cool. Don’t believe me, just watch. Watch the draft in 2018. See how it plays out w/ Bell, Ben and when the organization drafts their heir apparents…I’m going to screenshot that previous comment just so I can bring it back every step of the way as the boxes of my prediction are systematically checked…and say, “See, told ya so.” Because I’m right AND petty. And I bask in the hate. Let the sodium marinate within you!!

  25. Superstars don’t win SBs.

    5 12 Rate This

    What is Tom Brady then? Lol
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    he’s eli’s bitch in the sb and a backup qb beat his azz in the sb, a backup qb caught a td for them, and twoyard tommie dropped one….a back up qb played better and didnt fumble at a crucial point in the sb like two yard tommie…

    hardly the greatest of all time…

    i will stick with 4-0 montana and bradshaw….

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