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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell sits on the precipice that only one other NFL player has done

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While not unheard of for players to sit out parts of the season over a contract dispute Pittsburgh Steelers Womens T-Shirt , only former Carolina Panthers defensive end Sean Gilbert sat out an entire season. Bell has played the past five seasons with the Steelers and amassed three Pro Bowl invites during that span. During his stint, he has also sustained a myriad of injuries to go along with two suspensions for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. In March 2017, the Steelers could not work out a contract with Bell and placed the franchise tag on their star running back. After a successful 2017 campaign, Steelers GM Kevin Colbert was unphased by Bell’s past and reportedly offered Bell a long-term contract for five years and $70 million dollars . Bell again balked at a long-term deal reportedly due to the inadequate amount of guaranteed money compared to other high paid running backs in the league. The 26-year-old running back only had three choices: sit out the entire 2018 season, sign his franchise tender or report to Pittsburgh and sign his franchise tag after the season had started. Bell has elected to bypass $855,000 per week and skipped all the season and reports have him sitting out the rest of the season. Rewind to 1996 when Gilbert was traded to the Washington Redskins from the St. Louis Rams before the final year of his rookie deal. After a solid season that saw Gilbert being an alternate to the Pro Bowl Pittsburgh Steelers Hats , contract negotiations with the Redskins broke down and the franchise tag was placed on Gilbert. Instead of playing on the one year $3.4 million offer, Gilbert sat out the entire 1997 season. Like Bell, Gilbert was seen as a pariah in Washington. After the 1997 season, the defensive tackle franchise tag was again placed on Gilbert. The franchise tag rules were different when compared to the current franchise tag that is outlined in the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The tag was worth $2.97 million which was the average of the five highest paid defensive tackles. Gilbert’s decision ultimately paid off as the Carolina Panthers traded two first round picks for him. The seven-year contract worth $45.6 million contract was the richest to ever be signed by a defensive player and dwarfed the five years $22.5 million deal he was seeking from the Redskins. Gilbert said, “Not doing the work of two and a half men. I said, ‘I’m a man Pittsburgh Steelers Womens Hoodie , and the decision I’m making, I can live with.’ And I took the chance to never play again. I was ostracized from that point. But guess what?Obrazek
I was still running down running backs, making plays.” His quote is similar to ones Bell has talked about while doing the work of a wide receiver and running back. Time is winding down for Bell to sign the franchise tag or sit out the rest of the 2018 season. If media reports turn out to be accurate, Bell would follow in Gilbert’s footsteps becoming the second player in NFL history to sit out an entire NFL season due to the frustration of the franchise tag. If Bell sits, he would bank on finding a lucrative market as Gilbert did two decades ago. In 2019, will the Steelers let Bell test the free agent market for the first time in his career? Or will Colbert place a (debatable) third franchise tag ($23-25 million) or the transition tag ($14.5 million) on Bell or even a long-term deal? If you were one of those people who thought the Pittsburgh Steelers could benefit from signing Bruce Irvin after he was surprisingly released by the Oakland Raiders last Saturday Womens Customized Pittsburgh Steelers Jerseys , it turns out the front office agreed with you for once. Despite signing a one-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Wednesday, it would appear the former Oakland Raider had a number of options on the table, one of which was an offer from the Steelers.When speaking to Vaughn McCulre of ESPN upon signing with the Falcons, Irvin revealed that he had rejected better offers from both Pittsburgh and the New England Patriots in favor of joining his hometown team. While no one can blame him for wanting to play in the city he was born in, it is interesting to note that the Steelers were attempting to add a veteran pass rusher to the roster at mid season. It would also stand to reason that Irvin is unlikely to have been the only outside linebacker the team have looked at since the season began or the end of their hunt for one. With the salary cap space to spare thanks to the continued absence of Le’Veon Bell, Pittsburgh are ideally placed financially to make the sort of moves they are not normally known for www.steelerscheapshops.com , and this may not be the last of their free agent enquiries in 2018. With around $3.8 million still due on his contract at the time of his release, it is not surprising that the Steelers did not put in a waiver claim for him, but it seems very unlikely he has signed for the veteran minimum in Atlanta. Custom Houston Texans Jerseys

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