Steelers won't use tag on Le'Veon Bell

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General managers, start your bidding.

"Le'Veon is still a great player", Kevin Colbert said.

However, the Steelers did not want to increase Bell's salary to more than it already was, prompting the running back to essentially boycott all of last season.

There had been some talk about using the transition tag, but we can officially kill all speculation.

You probably know the story by now, Bell was not happy to be hit with the franchise tag this past season, so he sat out the entire campaign.

Pittsburgh could have tagged Bell for a third straight year, but it would have cost the team upwards of $25 million, according to NFL.com's Tom Pelissero.

There had been speculation that the Steelers could have used the transition tag on Bell - giving them the right to match any contract offer, and potentially get something back for him through a trade - but they will let him go without a fight. The other idea rumored had been that Pittsburgh might use the transition tag as a potential mechanism to trade Bell and thus receive immediate compensation for the running back, which would have been exceedingly hard to pull off. Pittsburgh is in line to receive a compensatory draft pick in 2020 once Bell leaves in free agency.

He met with team owner Art Rooney II on Tuesday, saying afterward that both sides "agreed that it is time to move on".

But his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, says the Steelers must agree on trade compensation before he can engage with any prospective suitors.

It remains to be seen if the Colts will show interest in trading for Brown, but Mitchell vouched for his former teammate as teams will begin looking into trade options.

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