Player News - Steelers

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports Le'Veon Bell "plans to play a full 16-game season."

Meaning he does not plan to holdout into the regular season. According to NFL Network's Ike Taylor, there is a "strong possibility" he will skip at least part of training camp, something he is able to do without fine because he has yet to sign his franchise tender. On the contract front, Bell said he turned down an offer for reportedly "over" $12 million per year because he wants to be paid like a running back and a No. 2 receiver, a number Taylor thinks is around $15 million. That is probably not going to happen anytime soon considering the Steelers can franchise him again next year for around $14.5 million, but Bell should completely reshape the running back market when he signs a long-term deal.
Source: ESPN
Jul 20 - 8:43 AM

Unsigned Steelers ERFA LT Alejandro Villanueva said he will hold out if his agent believes it is the best course of action.

"After taking orders my whole life, now I’m working with a really good agent," the former Army Ranger said in June. "I’ll do whatever he tells me to do." Villanueva did sign a waiver to participate in OTAs and minicamp, but he never committed to reporting for training camp. The left tackle will only earn $615,000 under the terms of his ERFA tender.
Jul 18 - 12:18 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports the Steelers offered Le'Veon Bell "over" $12 million per year.

Pelissero adds the deal included $30 million in the first two years, which is more than Bell will make if he is tagged again next spring, and $42 million over three. If the details are accurate, the proposed deal would have blown the roof off the running back market, suggesting there was an issue with guarantees or perhaps a suspension provision. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender and may wait well into training camp to do so, but there is little doubt he will at some point.
Jul 18 - 12:01 PM

Unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell said he wants to help reestablish the running back market.

"The running back market definitely took a hit, and I can't be the guy who continues to let it take a hit," Bell said. "We do everything. We block, we run, we catch the ball. Our value isn't where it needs to be. I'm taking it upon myself to open up some eyes and show the position is more valuable." Bell and the Steelers failed to reach a long-term deal ahead of Monday's deadline, so Bell will be playing 2017 on the $12.12 million franchise tender. Bell will be 26 next offseason and said he still hopes to secure a long-term deal in Pittsburgh next year. He deserves to be the game's highest-paid back.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 17 - 8:06 PM

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, unsigned franchise player Le'Veon Bell may not report to Steelers camp until "mid-to-late August."

As Bell has not signed his $12.1 million franchise tender, he is not obligated to report to training camp or any football activities. It is in Bell's best interest to stay in shape on his own and lower his risk of suffering a pre-season injury. The Steelers likely don't mind, as Bell's absence will allow them to more closely evaluate third-round pick James Conner, and Bell has a history of being away from the team and playing at an elite level upon his immediate return.
Jul 17 - 4:13 PM

The Steelers were unable to finalize a long-term deal with franchise player Le'Veon Bell ahead of Monday's 4pm ET deadline.

No deal was expected, although a Bell contract was at one point considered likelier than Kirk Cousins or Trumaine Johnson signing long-term deals with their respective clubs. Bell remains unsigned, but he hasn't threatened to hold out for all of training camp, let alone outwardly considered sitting out Week 1. We fully expect Bell to be in the starting lineup on Opening Day.
Jul 17 - 4:03 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Steelers and franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell are still negotiating a long-term deal, but an agreement is not "close or imminent."

The deadline for a deal is 4 pm ET today, and RapSheet believes it "may go down to the wire." There does not seem to be much optimism about a long-term deal, but Bell at least has a shot unlike Kirk Cousins and Rams CB Trumaine Johnson. If he does not land an extension, Bell will earn $12.1 million this season under the terms of the tag.
Jul 17 - 11:12 AM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports franchise-tagged Le'Veon Bell has recovered from offseason core muscle surgery.

It means he will be ready for the start of training camp, although it is not a given he shows up. Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender, and unless the Steelers work out a long-term extension with their star runner before the 4 pm deadline today, he will not be obligated to attend camp until he signs. Unless something surprisingly gets done today, this situation could drag on well into camp.
Source: ESPN
Jul 17 - 9:37 AM

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, the Steelers are expected to "press" negotiations with franchise player Le'Veon Bell toward Monday's deadline.

Per Fowler, the Steelers can "entice" Bell by offering him a substantial signing bonus while protecting themselves in case of another suspension. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out without facing any financial repercussions. The Steelers have around $16 million in available cap space, which is more than enough to strike a long-term deal with Bell. There's been no evidence that the sides are close but deadlines often spur action, so perhaps the Steelers and Bell can work something out.
Jul 14 - 2:37 PM

Jacob Klinger of Penn Live believes "it would be a sizable surprise" if franchise player Le'Veon Bell signed a long-term deal before Monday's deadline.

Klinger lists the money Bell is already guaranteed under the tag this year ($12.12 million) along with the $14.5 million it would cost to tag him next year as reasons Bell is willing to wait on a long-term deal. Both of those numbers are well above the established market -- LeSean McCoy is currently the highest-paid back at $8 million a year -- but there is not much reason for Bell to take less. That said, Bell has dealt with injuries in the past, and another one could seriously hurt his negotiating power next spring. With the running back market changing, this was always going to be a difficult negotiation, so it is not surprising a deal seems unlikely.
Source: Penn Live
Jul 10 - 9:36 AM

Steelers ILB Ryan Shazier said his goal is to play a full season.

Shazier has proven his talent through three years in the league, but he has managed just 34 total games and has yet to play more than 13 in a season. "Your best ability is availability," Shazier said. "[Playing a full season] would just show my consistency of being able to be a playmaker for this team...show people in the league that I can be a dynamic player." With Lawrence Timmons gone, Shazier's health will be even more important moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Jul 6 - 9:58 AM

Steelers second-round WR JuJu Smith-Schuster was getting reps with the first-team offense in the red zone at OTAs.

The rookie has mainly been working with the twos as the Steelers' No. 4 receiver, but the offense is highlighting his size by getting him some looks in the scoring area. Should everyone stay healthy and on the field, Smith-Schuster likely will have a tough time accumulating stats in year one, but he could score a few TDs.
Jul 5 - 9:44 AM

Le'Veon Bell isn't sweating contract negotiations with the Steelers.

"I'm good with everything, just taking it day to day for real," said Bell, who is currently training in Los Angeles for the upcoming season. Bell didn't attend Steelers OTAs due to his contract uncertainty, though he would have been limited anyway coming off groin surgery. The Steelers and Bell have until July 17 to reach a long-term agreement. Bell has yet to sign his $12.1 million franchise tender, which allows him to hold out from training camp without being fined.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 2 - 12:16 PM

Steelers CB Artie Burns was released from police custody on Friday following his arrest for driving with a suspended license.

According to ESPN Steelers reporter Jeremy Fowler, Burns was pulled over in Miami for having expired plates. Records showed that Burns' license expired in April, prompting his arrest. Burns should be off the hook after he pays off the $1,000 he owes in outstanding tickets. The Steelers have declined to comment on his arrest.
Jun 30 - 2:58 PM

Steelers CB Artie Burns was arrested overnight in Florida for driving with a suspended license.

It doesn't sound serious, though Burns has over $1,000 in unpaid traffic tickets and previously failed to appear to a mandatory court hearing. Burns was the 25th overall pick in last year's draft and had a strong spring as he looks to take a step forward in Year 2. Burns didn't have off-field trouble in college at Miami.
Jun 30 - 9:10 AM


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