Price of Le’Veon Bell transition tag prompted Pittsburgh to pass

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The Steelers considered using the transition tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. Until they learned what it would cost.

Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert told PFT Live on Wednesday afternoon that the team decided not to use the transition tag on Bell after the NFL Management Council informed the Steelers that Bell would be entitled to a one-year transition tender of $14.54 million. The Steelers apparently had hoped that, by virtue of sitting out all of 2018, they would be able to apply the base running back transition tag on Bell, which will be less than $10 million for 2019.

The language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement seemed to make it clear that the Steelers would be required to use the higher tender. The Management Council agreed, and according to Colbert that was the key factor in prompting the Steelers to decide to give Le'Veon Bell full and unfettered freedom.

33 responses to “Price of Le’Veon Bell transition tag prompted Pittsburgh to pass

  1. the price made them pass? not the fact that they would have put themselves in the same circus of a situation that happened last year? absolute Dumpster fire in the front office.

  2. The backwards contracting rules that lead to players sitting out portions of their career obviously have to change. Get rid of the franchise and transition tags. Get rid of restricted free agency. Get rid of standard time lengths for rookie deals. Allow the players to negotiate every aspect of their employment.

  3. After franchising Bell twice the Steelers were ready to attempt to limit his free agency a third year in a row? Even after all the animosity from last year? The NFL franchise tag is truly despicable. A man plays out his contract they deserve to be free.

  4. You’d think that the Steelers would have confirmed the higher Franchise tag number last year BEFORE allowing him to sit for the season. Someone needs to be fired for this

  5. I’m pretty sure Bell’s 2 suspensions,the injuries, and the fact that he lied and said he would play for them in 2018 and instead sat out the season also had something to do with the Steeler’s finally deciding to give up on him

  6. It’s good that the Steelers have stopped all dealings with Bell, i thought the “old boy network” of the NFL would have pushed for Rooney to transition tag him as a deterrent for players to sit out for $ in the future regardless Bell and his agent can say they won although giving up 14.5 mil doesn’t seem like a huge win… Bell proved his point regardless

  7. pigalicious16 says:
    February 27, 2019 at 3:39 pm
    the price made them pass? not the fact that they would have put themselves in the same circus of a situation that happened last year? absolute Dumpster fire in the front office.
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    They considered tagging him to TRADE him. not have him play on the team….

  8. packers291 says:
    February 27, 2019 at 3:40 pm
    The backwards contracting rules that lead to players sitting out portions of their career obviously have to change. Get rid of the franchise and transition tags. Get rid of restricted free agency. Get rid of standard time lengths for rookie deals. Allow the players to negotiate every aspect of their employment.

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    Im ok with the players going this route if they really want to play hardball. But one important thing about playing hardball is to be sure its going to work out for you in the end. Because you own the consequences if it doesn’t.

  9. Right or wrong. At least Bell stood his ground and didn’t cave under the team,media, and public pressure/perception. Good for him. Dude
    “was” a hell of a RB in Pittsburgh. I enjoy watching him play. Hope he does well unless he’s playing against my team.

  10. torgow says:
    February 27, 2019 at 4:29 pm
    The Patriots never even woulda tagged him in the first place. Let the lower tier stay low by overpaying free agents.
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    The patriots have never had an RB talent like bell. And the steelers might be the team least known for overpaying in free agency…

  11. Will be interesting to see how many teams are really interested in Bell. Lot of question marks. Don’t see anyone going higher than Gurley and he thinks he is worth $6 more on top of that. Good luck.

  12. bottom line is bell and brown dont care about their legacy because they are both garbage human beings.

  13. It is possible that Bell would sit out another year if the Steel Curtain tags him again, but that is highly unlikely, because few teams would pay top dollars to a back who sat out two years in a row.

  14. Amazing the Steelers found a way to make Bell a sympathetic figure…how the heck could the organization that invented a rule to give minorities more interview opportunities restrict a minority from free agent opportunities…?

  15. I wish someone in that organization tried being straightforward. If the team really wanted him back, the issue of 4-5 million would not matter. The Steelers did not pass because of finances. Man the heck up Pittsburgh. Your fan base deserves more!

  16. You’ll never recover the $14.5 million Lazy-eon. You’ll always be remembered for not picking up two fourth down and ones in the playoff game.

  17. I initially was thinking they would tag him and wait a few weeks to let free agency get started and then recind it. But being a business and wanting a high comp pick, it makes much more impact if a free agent gets a huge contract. So, my guess……Steelers want Bell to get a huge contract offer by another team…..regardless of which teams are willing to make the offer.

  18. They can’t afford Bell. Not for the money he is expecting. He will be missed but he isn’t essential for victory. Same with AB. The Steelers developed two exception players and this is their reward.

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