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Steelers Will Apply The Transition Tag to Le'Veon Bell Next Season

Steelers Will Apply The Transition Tag to Le'Veon Bell Next Season

"I'll continue to be the "bad guy" for ALL of us". That is, Bell for safety Earl Thomas. For these stars, the risk of injury is too high to go into a contract year and figuratively play without a parachute.

To paraphrase Wagner, you can understand why Thomas would be ticked off. "If I was him, I'd be pissed off". If Bell reports to the Steelers midway through this season, his transition tag salary for next season could be as low as $9.24 million.

Given his comment on the Thomas situation, it doesn't sound like that would be amenable to Bell. Then the worst outcome happened - he suffered a season-ending injury, which will likely impact his earning power in the coming years.

ESPN posted the quote and a picture of Thomas being carted off the field while giving a one-finger salute to the Seahawks sideline.

Since Bell can not negotiate a long-term deal until the end of the season, he'd still be taking on the injury risk if he agreed to a trade. Those aren't easy opponents, not even the 1-3 Falcons, who are fighting against playoff elimination just like the Steelers, and not even the Browns, who tied the Steelers in Week 1.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers running back reacted to broken leg the Seattle Seahawks safety suffered Sunday with a promise to "be the bad guy" on behalf of his fellow National Football League players.

In fact, it seems impossible at this point.

The Steelers reportedly began listening to trade offers last week, but are now the ones initiating calls with other teams in an effort to move Bell, according to Rapoport.

The Steelers are hopeful of getting more than a third-round pick for Bell - they would get a late 2020 third-round pick as compensation for him leaving as a free-agent, in all likelihood - and would prefer to deal him to the NFC, sources said.

The thought process from Bell's camp is to minimize the wear-and-tear on the dual-threat running back before he heads into free agency after the season.


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