Report: Steelers could use transition tag on Le’Veon Bell
The Pittsburgh Steelers may not be keen to lose two of their best offensive players in the same offseason.
Pittsburgh already expects to trade wide receiver Antonio Brown. Then comes the matter of Le’Veon Bell.
Bell sat out the entire 2018 season after being franchise tagged for the second time. There is a legal battle developing over whether a next tag on Bell would count as his second or third time being tagged (a big difference in pay) considering that he did not sign his tag last season.
The Steelers could transition tag Bell as they’ve reportedly considered doing, which would give them the right to match any contract offer he receives on the open market. If teams are not planning to “break the bank” for Bell, the Steelers might be able to get him back at a reasonable price. ESPN’s Adam Schefter says the Steelers are still considering using the transition tag on Bell.
Bell has three seasons in his career with over 1,200 rushing yards and over 600 receiving yards.