Le'Veon Bell - RBPosted 5/21/18 10:15am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell still has not signed his franchise tender offer and is not expected to participate in organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Bell likely will hold out until the start of the regular season if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a long-term deal before the July 16 deadline. He is one of the best options in fantasy football and will be in contention for the No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/4/18 7:10pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he was 'surprised' that QB Mason Rudolph was drafted in the third round instead of a player 'that can help this team now.'
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger recently said he could play as many as five more years, but it's hard to blame Pittsburgh for thinking about the future since it wasn't all that long ago that he was hinting at retirement. Roethlisberger should remain a QB1 in 2018 while Rudolph will only have value as a dynasty stash.
Ben Roethlisberger - QBPosted 5/2/18 7:45pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger said he plans to play another three to five more years if he can stay healthy.
Huddle Up: Roethlisberger is still a productive quarterback despite his age and will have most of his weapons back in 2018. Owners in most fantasy leagues should considered him a solid No. 1 quarterback.
Jaylen Samuels - RBPosted 4/28/18 12:10pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected North Carolina State RB/TE Jaylen Samuels with the 165th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Saturday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Samuels can be used at multiple positions, so owners will need to monitor the situation to see where he plays. He could have some fantasy value if he lines up at tight end, but owners in most standard leagues can avoid Samuels.
James Washington - WRPosted 4/27/18 5:58pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State WR James Washington with the 60th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft Friday, April 27.
Huddle Up: The Steelers traded Martavis Bryant, so Washington likely will compete for the No. 3 receiver job during training camp. He should receive a solid amount of targets in 2018 and can be a late-round pick in standard leagues. He will have more value in keeper leagues.
Mason Rudolph - QBPosted 4/27/18 6:52pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Oklahoma State QB Mason Rudolph with the 76th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Rudolph will be throwing balls to his college teammate, James Washington, as he was nabbed with the 60th pick earlier in the day. Rudolph will be the heir apparent once Ben Roethlisberger hangs up his cleats. His OK State teams filled up the stat sheet in a conference lacking big defense, so it will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the black and blue AFC North Division.
Mason Rudolph - QBPosted 4/27/18 8:34pm ET
Pittsburgh Steelers QB Mason Rudolph said he doesn't think it is QB Ben Roethlisberger's job to teach him anything but his job to learn from him. 'That's the way I am going to look at it,' Rudolph said.
Huddle Up: Rudolph could have a chance to replace Ben Roethlisberger somewhere down the road, which would put him at the helm of a powerful offense in a few years. He could be worth a speculative stash in dynasty formats.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/26/18 9:58am ET
Pittsburgh Steelers WR Martavis Bryant has quietly remained in trade discussions over the last couple of months. However, most of the teams needing receivers are rivals to the team.
Huddle Up: Bryant has loads of talent, but he's at a disadvantage on a team with Le'Veon Bell and Antonio Brown. Bryant has WR3 appeal, but it's a risk to expect that much return on this team.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/26/18 7:32pm ET
The Pittsburgh Steelers traded WR Martavis Bryant to the Oakland Raiders in exchange for the 79th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: If his play last season hadn't already cemented JuJu Smith-Schuster as the No. 2 receiver in Pittsburgh, this trade does. Smith-Schuster should be a strong WR3 playing across from Antonio Brown.
Martavis Bryant - WRPosted 4/26/18 7:17pm ET
The Oakland Raiders acquired WR Martavis Bryant from the Pittsburgh Steelers in exchange for the 79th overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Bryant should be more of a focal point of the passing attack in Oakland than he was in Pittsburgh, but it remains to be seen if he can be more than just a big-play threat. Consider him a WR4 with upside.
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.
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