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

Mae Harvey
October 2, 2018

Earl Thomas flipped off his own bench after he broke his leg in a game between the Seattle Seahawks and Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday that the Steelers have not received any serious offers as yet for Bell. "I'll continue to be the "bad guy" for ALL of us".

According to the report, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is seeking at least a second-round draft pick and a "good" player in exchange for Bell. Plus, the 49ers historically haven't committed big dollars to running backs - and that's exactly what Bell wants, and why his holdout from the Steelers has stretched into Week 4 this season. I don't know if everything Bell told Fowler was just lip service and an attempt to rally disgruntled fans back to him but it is hard to imagine Bell and the Steelers being able to fix the damage in this relationship.

Earl Thomas gestures towards the Seattle Seahawks bench after being injured
Earl Thomas gestures towards the Seattle Seahawks bench after being injured

Bell, though, told Fowler that he didn't find it "logical" that a team would give such a bounty "potentially for someone who could play six games with no guarantee of a long-term deal". It was fear of injury that caused him to hold out in the first place, afraid that an injury in preseason or practice would limit his ability to get paid on the open market or possibly get traded to a team that would want to pay him. Conner struggled to produce in the 26-14 loss racking up 19 rushing yards on nine attempts with three catches for 25 receiving yards.

Bell knows he's taken a public relations hit, and he understands why teammates were not happy with him. I'm not really too upset about it. "If he does come and gets hurt, then it's "he shouldn't have came". if I was him, I'd be pissed off".

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