Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/23/18 10:22am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said there is no update in terms of the long-term contract talks with RB Le'Veon Bell.
Huddle Up: The two sides have until the middle of July to reach a long-term agreement, so owners should monitor the situation. Bell likely would sit out until the start of the regular season if he does not get a new contract. He is one of the best option in fantasy leagues and should be a top five pick in all leagues as long as he is playing.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 4/18/18 1:07pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is working out in Miami as the Steelers begin voluntary workouts. Long-term contract negotiations are currently at an impasse between Bell and Pittsburgh.
Huddle Up: No surprise here. Bell wants a long-term contract and Pittsburgh's focus is elsewhere right now. Time will tell how long Bell will hold out from Steelers activities, but he's arguably the No. 1 fantasy pick when he returns.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 4/5/18 12:02pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent PK Chris Boswell signed his one-year tender offer Thursday, April 5, and is scheduled to make $2.9 million in 2018. The Steelers are interested in signing Boswell to a long-term contract.
Huddle Up: Boswell was one of the better kickers in the NFL this past season and should be a solid fantasy option for owners in 2018.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 3/26/18 9:36am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is a candidate for a contract extension this offseason even though he still has two years left on his current contract, according to general manager Kevin Colbert.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger had a very productive 2017 season and will have most of his pass catchers back next season. He can be a solid No. 1 fantasy quarterback in most fantasy leagues in 2018.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 3/13/18 2:32pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent WR Eli Rogers will not be tendered an offer this offseason and will be an unrestricted free agent.
Huddle Up: Rogers suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament late in the season, so he may not be ready for the start of the 2018 season. Owners in most leagues can avoid him drafts but could be a waiver wire option during the season.
Chris Boswell - PKPosted 3/12/18 12:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers restricted free-agent PK Chris Boswell received the second-round tender offer from the Steelers Monday, March 12.
Huddle Up: Boswell is one of the better kickers in the NFL and should be a starting option in all leagues in 2018.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 3/7/18 10:08am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown restructured his contract Wednesday, March 7, to free up $9.7 million in Pittsburgh's 2018 salary cap. The move helps Pittsburgh afford RB Le'Veon Bell's $14.544 million franchise tag.
Huddle Up: It's a move that helps everyone involved. Now the Steelers can focus on trying to sign Bell to that long-term contract. As for Brown, he's a perennial No. 1 wide receiver and is worthy of top-five consideration in 2018.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/7/18 5:41pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell said he will skip offseason workouts and training camp but likely will report for Week 1.
Huddle Up: Bell likely will have a similar timetable this season as he did offseason when he did not report until the start of the season. Owners should continue to monitor the situation to see if anything changes in Bell's situation. He is a No. 1 running back in all leagues when he plays.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/6/18 11:52am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell was officially given the franchise tag Tuesday, March 6, according to a source. Bell's tag is worth $14.544 million.
Huddle Up: As has been well documented, Bell is arguably the best running back and/or player in the National Football League. He's a No. 1 running back and virtually a No. 1 or No. 2 wide receiver. He wants to be paid more and could hold out if a deal isn't struck. As long as he doesn't hold out into the season, Bell deserves to be the first player taken in fantasy drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/6/18 12:14pm ET
Updating a previous report, Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell received the exclusive franchise tag Tuesday, March 6, and will not be allowed to negotiate with any other teams this offseason.
Huddle Up: The two sides will have a few months to work out a long-term deal, but Bell may decide to hold out if he does not get a deal. Owners will need to monitor the situation during the season to see what happens to Bell. He is a No. 1 running back in all fantasy leagues when he plays.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/5/18 5:26am ET
Updating previous reports, Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive the franchise tag before the deadline Tuesday, March 5, barring a dramatic turn in contract talks. The tag is expected to be worth $14.544 million.
Huddle Up: Bell remains a top-five pick in all fantasy formats, but after Todd Gurley's explosion last season, Bell isn't the surefire best running back.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/5/18 1:29pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers will have difficult striking a long-term deal for two reasons, according to Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer. The first reason is that Bell playing out the franchise tag would lead to him earning $14.54 million and then becoming a free agent next year. The second reason is that Bell would be earning $35.48 million over the next two years because of the two franchise tags he would have received.
Huddle Up: Both sides want a long-term deal done before Tuesday's franchise tag deadline, but that's obviously easier said than done. Bell will make a hefty amount of money no matter what happens, but the Steelers don't want him being available next offseason. Nonetheless, Bell merits No. 1 fantasy pick consideration.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/5/18 1:43pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell is receiving the franchise tag for a second straight year barring an unforeseen last-minute, long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Both sides have plenty of time to negotiate a long-term deal with Bell being tagged. As stated earlier, there is a good case for Bell being the first player taken in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/5/18 4:46pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers are still not close to agreeing on a long-term contract extension, hence the expectation that Bell will be tagged before the deadline Tuesday, March 6. Bell wants to be paid much more than $14.5 million per year and for that amount to take into account how valuable he is as a pass-catcher.
Huddle Up: Bell deserves to be paid, but it may take some time for the two sides to come to an agreement. We'll see if Bell holds out once he is tagged, but for now he can still be viewed as the No. 1 fantasy running back and even No. 1 fantasy player.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/5/18 5:25pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell reportedly is leaving 'all options on the table' if he receives the franchise tag for a second straight season, including retirement, skipping training camp or holding out until Week 10, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
Huddle Up: The Steelers have reportedly raised their contractual floor to $14.5 million per year, but Bell is insisting on 'playing for strictly my value to the team' and does not believe he should settle for anything less than what he is valued at. After such a high-usage year in 2017, Pittsburgh is right to take this year-to-year. While he is still very much an elite fantasy RB1, owners would be wise to be cautious in how highly they value him. Durability and dependability have not been his biggest assets throughout his career.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 3/4/18 8:11am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell has not made major progress in his contract extension talks with the Steelers. The team is prepared to place the franchise tag on Bell, but general manager Kevin Colbert hopes to reach a deal by the March 6 tag deadline.
Huddle Up: It appears that Bell will receive the franchise tag, which will give the two sides until July to reach a long-term agreement. Bell is one of the best fantasy options in the NFL and likely will be selected in the top five in all drafts.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 2/28/18 9:23am ET
Updating an ongoing story, Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant is not the subject of trade plans, according to Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert. He added teams have called about Bryant, but Colbert said Wednesday, Feb. 28, the wide receiver is not on the trading market.
Huddle Up: Bryant's once-bright fantasy future is in peril if he remains in Pittsburgh. The downfield asset will be relegated to no better than the No. 3 receiver, which is usually fourth of fifth in the pecking order. Bryant is merely a flier at this stage, unless something changes.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 2/25/18 7:57am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers (knee) has established a goal of being ready to participate in training camp, although no official timetable has been set for his return from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He said that he is in 'the second phase' of his rehab process and added that he has range of motion back. Rogers began walking without the aid of crutches last week and recently started riding a bicycle and using an arc trainer.
Huddle Up: Rogers is an unrestricted free agent but if he returns to Pittsburgh next season, he is slated to be the team's fourth receiver. He should go undrafted in the majority of fantasy formats but could be worthy of consideration as a waiver wire option during the year.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 2/24/18 12:04pm ET
The Buffalo Bills had interest in acquiring Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant during the regular season.
Huddle Up: The Bills acquired Kelvin Benjamin before the trade deadline, so they may not be interested in Bryant anymore. Bryant could be traded at some point this offseason but can be considered at least a No. 4 receiver in most fantasy leagues.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 2/24/18 11:42am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has not had any contract extension talks with the Steelers. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Huddle Up: Bryant asked for a trade during the regular season, so he could be moved this offseason if the Steelers receive a solid offer for him. Bryant has the potential to be a solid fantasy receiver and could be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver depending on his situation.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 2/23/18 5:33am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant isn't being shopped by the team, but they are fielding offers on him.
Huddle Up: Bryant had a 50-603-3 line last season as he was clearly affected by Juju Smith-Schuster's emergence. Bryant will be a WR4 option in fantasy, but a trade could enhance that.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/21/18 1:23pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's touchdown to interception ratio on passes of at least 20 yards in home games last season was 8:1. The ratio for such passes in road contests plummeted to 1:3. His passer rating on such passes at home was 117.1 compared to 47.6 on the road.
Huddle Up: There is credence to home-field advantage and the impact it has on the human psyche, and vice versa in hostile environments on the road. Game scripts obviously play a big role in the frequency and length of passes, too. Roethlisberger is a borderline No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but keep in mind that Big Ben, and players in general, may have a harder time finding success on the road.
Eli Rogers - WRPosted 2/21/18 11:31pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Eli Rogers (knee) said he's off crutches as of Wednesday, Feb. 21.
Huddle Up: Rogers has flashed some potential since entering the league in 2016, but the reality is it's hard to see him becoming a meaningful fantasy player with how loaded the Steelers are on offense. In 14 games this past season, the former Louisville standout registered just 18 catches on 36 targets for 149 yards and a score. He doesn't need to be drafted in just about all leagues based on his current situation.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/20/18 1:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to receive the franchise tag again this offseason. That tag is worth $14.5 million. He and the Steelers would still be able to accomplish a long-term deal.
Huddle Up: Bell looks to be the highest-paid running back in the NFL if/when that long-term contract is reached. The bottom line is that Pittsburgh isn't going to let Bell hit the free-agent market. Suffice it to say Bell is arguably the player to select with the No. 1 overall pick in redraft leagues.
Antonio Brown - WRPosted 2/17/18 2:00pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown is scheduled to receive a $6 million roster bonus March 16.
Huddle Up: Brown is one of the top receivers in the NFL and will be a first-round pick in all fantasy leagues in 2018.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/17/18 1:54pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger is scheduled to receive a $5 million roster bonus March 16.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is coming off a solid 2017 season and has said he plans to play next season. He should be considered a No. 1 fantasy quarterbacks in most fantasy leagues.
Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 2/15/18 9:32am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers impending free-agent RB Le'Veon Bell and the Steelers have been in talks about a potential long-term contract and general manager Kevin Colbert is optimistic that a deal will come to fruition. Colbert said Pittsburgh wants to keep Bell for the rest of his career if possible, but using the franchise tag on Bell again has not been ruled out.
Huddle Up: Who knows how long negotiations will take or if Bell will hold out if he is tagged? Both sides want a long-term deal, but that's easier said than done. Assuming he is retained by the Steelers, Bell is arguably the No. 1 fantasy player in all formats.
James Conner - RBPosted 2/9/18 6:43pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB James Conner (knee) said he has progressed to the point where he can sprint on the treadmill. 'So things are looking bright for next year,' Conner said.
Huddle Up: If Pittsburgh's backfield situation remains the same in 2018, Conner will be worth stashing as a handcuff to Le'Veon Bell.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/7/18 12:28pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger's current contract could be extended at some point, according to owner Art Rooney. Roethlisberger, who is 35 years old, has already expressed his desire to play three more years in the NFL. Rooney did add that the sides have not had a long conversation about a potential extension yet, however.
Huddle Up: Big Ben had his peaks and valleys in 2017, but he reached over 4,000 yards for the first time since 2014 and has now averaged 28.5 touchdowns over the last two seasons. With Antonio Brown, up-and-coming JuJu Smith-Schuster and (possibly) Le'Veon Bell, Roethlisberger has an elite supporting cast that enables him to achieve QB1 status.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 2/6/18 1:11pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR JuJu Smith-Schuster teamed up for the best quarterback-receiver combination in the NFL in 2017 with a 134.8 passer rating.
Huddle Up: Smith-Schuster came on later in the season when Martavis Bryant faded into fantasy oblivion. As Pittsburgh's No. 2 wide receiver, he has WR2 potential after tallying 80 catches for 917 yards and seven touchdowns in his first professional football season.
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