Steelers won’t let Le’Veon Bell situation keep them from franchise tag

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The Steelers’ last attempt at using the franchise tag didn’t work out as they planned, and that’s an extreme understatement.

But team president Art Rooney II said he won’t let their experience with Le'Veon Bell change their plans with future free agents, including outside linebacker Bud Dupree.

After tagging the running back in 2018, he sat out the entire season before heading to the Jets last year.

“I don’t think that affects the way we think about franchise tags or anything at this point,” Rooney said, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We had one, I’ll call it unusual experience, and I think it was that — an unusual experience.”

The Steelers have already said keeping Dupree was a “high priority,” and they are expected to use the tag on him if they can’t reach a deal early.

“When you look around the league, people use the franchise tag, and sometimes it works to help get a contract done,” Rooney said. “Sometimes it’s a short-term solution, but for the most part, it’s what’s helped teams keep players on the field.”

Dupree posted a career-high 11.5 sacks last year, and along with T.J. Watt, gave the Steelers a potent pass-rush tandem again.

7 responses to “Steelers won’t let Le’Veon Bell situation keep them from franchise tag

  1. Bell certainly showed up the Steelers. 😉
    And he proved his doubters wrong by forgoing an entire year of pay and putting up an awesome 3.2 yards per carry on under 800 yards. Simply amazing.

    Imagine being able to rewind teh tape, he accepts a long term deal with the Steelers and doesn’t sit out 2018.

  2. It was the not the money it was the ability to make a choice. I get people focus on the money and some might say cut your nose spite your face.

    However for Bell it was bottom line he wanted to be in control, and that ment more to him then the money.

    I have no opinion but have witnessed and so have we all folks make a decision because they can right or wrong.

  3. Bell made it clear that money was far more important than winning. I won’t judge him there since he’s often injured and one strike away from a long suspension. However, isn’t it ironic that his stubbornness actually ended up costing him millions and left him languishing for the rest of his career as a Jet. Unless he’s cut first…

  4. Don’t franchise or overpay for Dupree. He can’t contain the edge “ever” and is weak against the run.

  5. I’m not sure anyone else is dumb enough to do what Bell did so this may not be an issue.

  6. Knowing the Steelers, they’ll probably try to tag Bell even though he’s a Jet. That front office is a bunch of Keystone Kops.

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