Pittsburgh Steelers will not franchise tag Le'Veon Bell

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Steelers let Le'Veon Bell go to free agency and are exploring Antonio Brown trade

The team's general manager Kevin Colbert confirmed on Wednesday that the Steelers will not be tagging the running back, making him an unrestricted free agent next month.

As Colbert said, they aren't going to trade Brown if the move isn't beneficial to the Steelers. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags". They will not, however, become official until the start of the new league year on March 13. Bell ended up sitting out all of last season during a contract dispute and the Steelers finally came to the conclusion that he wasn't worth the tag.

With plenty of cap space at their disposal, the Jets could be in the thick of the race for Bell, the three-time Pro Bowl running back who sat out all of last season after refusing to sign the franchise tag.

It was reported in early February that the Steelers were still contemplating using the transition tag on Bell this offseason, but Colbert's comments negate those prior rumors. Antonio Brown's potential departure isn't quite so certain.

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"We're all disappointed we're at this point". "Respectfully, we did agree [that looking] into a trade would probably be the best course of action for both sides".

That has convinced the Steelers - who are now projected to have just over $10m in cap space in 2019 - that the time is right to move on from Bell. Colbert said that Brown's agent Drew Rosenhaus will be involved but "we will control this". Colbert said the team will not devalue Brown and will not release him under any circumstances.

Information from ESPN's Adam Schefter was used in this report.

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