Steelers Not Tagging Le’Veon Bell, Will Become Unrestricted Free Agent


The Pittsburgh Steelers are not tagging Le’Veon Bell, thus making him a free agent.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed the news via Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, stating: “Le’Veon is still a great player. We can’t afford to use any other type of tags. Le’Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year.”

There were conflicting reports last week about whether or not the Steelers were going to use the transition tag on Bell. He’s now set to hit the open market without restrictions.

Meanwhile the Steelers are planning to go with a backfield of James Conner and Jaylen Samuels.

Last March, Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second straight season for a contract of $14.5 million. Bell refused to sign it and did not attend any team activities after negotiations for a contract extension failed over the summer.

He did not play the entire NFL 2018 season.