Steelers News & Transactions Steelers Will Not Use Tag on Le’Veon Bell Le’Veon Bell will officially be a free agent in 2019 after the Steelers announced Bell will not be franchise tagged. Published 5 months ago on February 20, 2019 By Donnie Druin 13shares Share Tweet Flipboard Comment EmailIt appears the Pittsburgh Steelers will officially put an end to the Le’Veon Bell saga in Pittsburgh. On Wednesday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported GM Kevin Colbert will not exercise any sort of franchise tag on Bell for the upcoming season, officially making him a free agent for 2019. Steelers are not tagging Le'Veon Bell, according to GM Kevin Colbert: "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." — Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) February 20, 2019 With the Steelers allowing Bell to walk, they will likely receive a third round compensatory pick for the 2020 NFL Draft. The risks/rewards of tagging Bell were of great interest to the Steelers, who still would’ve liked to have Bell back on the roster for 2019. Yet with continued failed contract negotiations and the rise of running back James Conner, the Steelers are believed to be comfortable moving forward without the Michigan State product. Mention Steelers Now and save $10! During his tenure in Pittsburgh, Bell averaged 4.3 yards per carry and amassed 35 touchdowns on the ground, while also totaling 312 receptions for 2,660 yards and 7 scores through the air. Bell’s time in Pittsburgh can be viewed in many different lights. One on hand, Bell provided the Steelers a multi-dimensional threat out of the backfield, proving his worth as one of the best running backs in the league. On the other, Bell’s health issues, suspensions and desire for top dollar paychecks have driven him and the Steelers their separate ways. 13shares Share Tweet Flipboard Comment Email Related Topics:featuredFranchise TagLe'Veon BellSteelers Up Next Steelers Ink DT Tyson Alualu to New Two Year Deal Don't Miss Antonio Brown No-Show at Court, Guilty for Speeding Donnie Druin Continue Reading Advertisement You may like Exclusive with Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe Horrigan Steelers to Support Alumnus Derek Moye as Part of Fantennial Weekend Steelers Dermontti Dawson, Cameron Heyward went Head-to-Head on Celebrity Family Feud Steelers Help Unveil Steel Curtain Roller Coaster at Kennywood Exclusive with Steelers TE, Former Rugby Player Christian Scotland-Williamson NFL Network to Broadcast Two Steelers Preseason Games Click to comment Leave a Reply This comment form is under antispam protection This comment form is under antispam protection Subscribe Notify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments Steelers Now in Your Mailbox! Enter your email address to subscribe and get notifications of new posts in your mailbox. Email Address Subscribe Latest Popular Videos NFL16 hours ago Players Need to Fight for 16 Game Season Pro Football16 hours ago Exclusive with Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe Horrigan Steelers Talk1 day ago Mic Drop: AFC North Preview Steelers Interviews2 days ago Exclusive with former Steelers TE, XFL Head Coach Jonathan Hayes Steelers3 days ago Steelers to Support Alumnus Derek Moye as Part of Fantennial Weekend Steelers5 days ago Steelers Dermontti Dawson, Cameron Heyward went Head-to-Head on Celebrity Family Feud Steelers4 days ago Madden NFL ‘20 Reveals Steelers Player Ratings Steelers3 days ago Steelers to Support Alumnus Derek Moye as Part of Fantennial Weekend Steelers Interviews2 days ago Exclusive with former Steelers TE, XFL Head Coach Jonathan Hayes Pro Football16 hours ago Exclusive with Pro Football Hall of Fame Executive Director Joe Horrigan NFL16 hours ago Players Need to Fight for 16 Game Season Steelers Talk1 day ago Mic Drop: AFC North Preview Steelers Talk1 week ago Mic Drop: Who Will be the Second Receiver Option Behind JuJu? Steelers Talk3 weeks ago Mic Drop: Who Should be in Steelers Hall of Honor? Steelers Talk4 weeks ago Mic Drop: Who Will Lead Future of Steelers? Like us on Facebook! Like us on Facebook!