While they are working at trying to hammer out a new long-term contract with wide receiver Antonio Brown, the Pittsburgh Steelers made another significant move today.
They placed the exclusive franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Steelers have placed franchise tag on RB Le’Veon Bell, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 27, 2017
The move comes as no surprise as the Steelers running back was considered an extreme long-shot to hit the free agency market.
The Steelers took to Twitter to make the official announcement:
We have placed the franchise tag on RB Le'Veon Bell.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) February 27, 2017