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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.

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It 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.

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.

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.

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Report: Steelers to Hold Training Camp at Team Facility, Not at Saint Vincent College

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It looks like the Steelers will be staying home for training camp this August.

According to a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday, the league has informed teams that they must hold training camp at their facilities later this summer in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Steelers will now be conducting training camp on the South Side, instead of their traditional summer home of Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, snapping a 54-year streak.

The league still plans for training camp to begin on time, but has made no announcement on changes to the season or whether games will have fans.

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Steelers Announce 2020 Preseason Schedule

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The Steelers have announced dates and times for their 2020 Preseason schedule.

Pittsburgh will start the year early in Canton, taking on the Dallas Cowboys in the annual Hall of Fame game. This will be the Steelers’ seventh appearance.

The Hall of Fame game will kickoff Thursday, Aug. 6 at 8 p.m. on NBC, shown locally on WPXI-TV.

The team will then return to Pittsburgh for a two-game home stand against NFC South foes.

Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will come to town on Friday, Aug. 14, a primetime matchup at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

Next, another home game for the Steelers, this time against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday, Aug. 23. Kickoff is at 8 p.m. on FOX/WPGH-TV.

The Steelers will close out their preseason slate with a pair of road contests.

First, a date with a familiar face, as they take on Le’Veon Bell and the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium on Friday, Aug. 28.

Pittsburgh will close out the preseason schedule on Thursday, Sept. 3 in Charlotte against the Carolina Panthers.

Both games are at 7:30 p.m. on CBS/KDKA-TV.

The Steelers went 3-1 in the preseason last year, with their only loss coming in the finale, also against the Panthers.

PRESEASON SCHEDULE

Thursday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. vs. Dallas Cowboys at Canton, Ohio

Friday, Aug. 14, 7:30 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Sunday, Aug. 23, 8 p.m. vs. New Orleans Saints

Friday, Aug. 28, 7:30 p.m. at New York Jets

Thursday, Sept. 3, 7:30 p.m. at Carolina Panthers

REGULAR SEASON SCHEDULE

Monday, Sept. 14, 7:15 p.m. at New York Giants

Sunday, Sept. 20, 1 p.m. vs. Denver Broncos

Sunday, Sept. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Houston Texans

Sunday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m. at Tennessee Titans

Sunday, Oct. 11, 1 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. vs. Cleveland Browns

Sunday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m. at Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Nov. 1 BYE WEEK

Sunday, Nov. 8, 4:25 p.m. at Dallas Cowboys

Sunday, Nov. 15, 1 p.m. vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m. at Jacksonville Jaguars

Thursday, Nov. 26, 8:20 p.m. vs. Baltimore Ravens

Sunday, Dec. 6, 1 p.m. vs. Washington Redskins

Sunday, Dec. 13, 8:20 p.m. at Buffalo Bills

Sunday, Dec. 21, 8:15 p.m. at Cincinnati Bengals

Sunday, Dec. 27, 1 p.m. vs. Indianapolis Colts

Sunday, Jan. 3, 1 p.m. at Cleveland Browns

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Steelers Announces Jerseys Numbers for Rookies and Free Agents

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The Steelers have announced jersey numbers for the rookies and free agents they added this off-season.

Wide receiver Chase Claypool already revealed on his Twitter last week he would be wearing No. 11, but the team announced Wednesday that outside linebacker Alex Highsmith will wear No. 56.

The Steelers made a splash this off-season adding a tight end Eric Ebron, who will stick with his No. 85 jersey he wore with the Colts. They also beefed up the offensive line by signing Stefen Wisniewski. He will also stick with the number he has held his entire career, No. 61.

Freshly signed fullback Derek Watt is switching to No. 44, while newly acquired defensive tackle Chris Wormley will don No. 95.

The pair of Maryland Terrapins selected in the 2020 NFL Draft — Anthony McFarland Jr. and Antoine Brooks Jr. — will wear No. 26 and 25, respectively.

Continuing with the theme of Steelers rookies, fourth round guard Kevin Dotson has chosen No. 69.

Seventh round nose tackle Carlos Davis will wear No. 73.

 

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