Steelers GM talks Le'Veon Bell's contract, effect on others'

Steelers GM talks Le'Veon Bell's contract, effect on others'

"We met with Le'Veon before he left and said, 'Look, we have a strong desire to keep you with the Pittsburgh Steelers the remainder of your career, '" Colbert said. That is what we hope happens this offseason. It would be a surprise if he's not back with the Steelers, likely on a multi-year deal, but there is the possibility Bell is available without restriction on the open market.

"I think we lose sight of the fact Matakevich was hurt (after Shazier)". But then he reminded: "Even if do you tag a player, you can still sign him".

"We never will discount the use of the tag because that's collectively bargained", Colbert told reporters Thursday.

Even though the National Football League hasn't released any of this offseason's applicable numbers, from the franchise tenders for the various positions or what the salary cap is going to be per team for 2018, the Steelers know that tagging Bell will cost them $14.544 million because of the automatic escalator that kicks in when tagging a player for a second time, and every penny would count on their salary cap this year. The deadline to apply the franchise tag is March 6, but the two sides can continue to negotiate a long-term deal even if the Steelers use the tag.

"Everybody knows it's an option".

"With both sides wanting to get something done, and I believe that is his belief as well as ours, I think that certainly aids your ability to get that done", Colbert said.

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While Matakevich, who has since undergone offseason shoulder surgery, should indeed be in the mix to potentially replace Shazier as the team's starter alongside fellow inside linebacker Vince Williams in 2018, it's really hard to imagine him winning that job as we sit here in the middle February and especially if the Steelers ultimately sign a free agent inside linebacker at decent price in the coming six weeks. Everybody knows (the franchise tag) is an option.

But after Bell was franchise tagged last season, and threatened not to play for the Steelers in 2018-19 if such an instance occurred again, Colbert still wasn't ruling it out.

"He was great on the field". Apparently, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert has made it clear that the team wants him to stay in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career and wants to work on a long-term deal, via ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. He was great in the locker room.

No cameras were permitted at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, where Colbert spoke on the record about a variety of subjects including the status of negotiations on a new contract for Le'Veon Bell, Ryan Shazier's injury and his thoughts on the team's failure to win a playoff game last season.

"I believe I am".