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Pittsburgh Steelers will not franchise tag Le'Veon Bell

21 February, 2019, 00:29 | Author: Lula Armstrong
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The Steelers placed their franchise tag on Bell for the second consecutive year last offseason after failing to agree on a long-term deal.

The overall perception is that wide receiver Antonio Brown has been hurting his trade value with his antics since the end of this past season.

There had been some talk about using the transition tag, but we can officially kill all speculation.

Le'Veon Bell will be a free agent.

Brown requested a trade earlier this month following a 2018 season in which he routinely clashed with Steelers players and coaches, including superstar quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and longtime head coach Mike Tomlin.


The Steelers could have also used the transition tag on Bell, which would have afforded them an opportunity to match any offer the star rusher receives on the open market. They will not, however, become official until the start of the new league year on March 13.

"We're all disappointed we're at this point".

"By no means are we going to make a trade or any type of move that will not be beneficial to the Pittsburgh Steelers organization", Colbert said, adding that releasing Brown was not an option.

"Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues!"

But Colbert had a message for Brown, who has three years remaining on his contract with the Steelers, saying the disgruntled wideout would not be traded away on the cheap.

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