Steelers GM Kevin Colbert: Le’Veon Bell Will Be A Free Agent

Le'Veon Bell Has Reportedly Gained A Bunch of Weight During Year Off From Football

Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert discussed wide receiver Antonio Brown during his press conference on Wednesday.

"Le'Veon is still a great player", Colbert said, according to ESPN. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags". Safety Jamal Adams has already begun the recruiting process, which the Jets will be able to officially join in on when Bell becomes a free agent on March 13.

If Bell signs a deal in the same range as Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley (4 years, $60 million), the Steelers will likely receive a third-round compensatory pick in 2020.

Bell declined to sign his franchise tender a year ago, leaving $14.5 million on the table and sitting out the entire season. The NFLPA argued that the tag should be around $14.5 million while the league and the Steelers are pushing to keep the tag closer to $9.5 million because of Bell's holdout.

Well, there ends one of the most entertaining sagas of the past National Football League season.

Now Bell needs to find a team willing to compensate him at his desired rate. Still, he said Brown conceivably could return to Pittsburgh if there is "no trade that does not benefit the team".

But Colbert had a message for Brown, who has three years remaining on his contract with the Steelers, saying the disgruntled wideout would not be traded away on the cheap.

"We will not be discounting you on the trade market and we will not release you. We know it's probably best to move on", Colbert said. We both agreed that it is time to move on but I'll always have appreciation and gratitude towards the Rooney family and @steelers organization!

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