Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Steelers are still planning to use the transition tag on RB Le’Veon Bell, even though they have no intention to match an offer sheet he receives in free agency.
Dulac says Pittsburgh is, however, hoping to be able to trade Bell. Although, this will be difficult, considering that it would require Bell to sign the transition tender before the Steelers could trade him and it’s highly unlikely that Bell and his agent would cooperate.
The transition tag would run the Steelers between $9.5 million to $14.5 million for the 2019 season, depending on the outcome of an arbitration hearing.
If Pittsburgh declines to match an offer Bell would receive from another team, they wouldn’t receive any compensation for losing him. The Steelers could rescind the transition tag if there’s no trade to be made and recoup a 2020 compensatory pick.