Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert announced Wednesday that the team does not intend to use its franchise or transition tag on running back Le'Veon Bell, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. Colbert said the team did not want to potentially tie up millions by placing a tag on Bell, who sat out all of 2018 after declining to sign his one-year tender last spring.
Le'Veon Bell's time in Pittsburgh is over.
His back-loaded contract will cost at least $18 million per year over the next three seasons, although the Steelers would have to offset some of the guaranteed money in the trade. 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.
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"We're all disappointed we're at this point".
Team president Art Rooney II spent 20-to-30 minutes with Brown in South Florida on Tuesday to discuss Brown's situation, Colbert said. "Respectfully, we did agree [that looking] into a trade would probably be the best course of action for both sides".
"We are not going to move a significant player for less than significant compensation".
Colbert told reporters that the Steelers weren't yet engaged in trade talks, but he expected they would pick up.