Le'Veon Bell will get his free agency wish from Steelers

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Le'Veon Bell will be a free agent.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will not tag Le'Veon Bell and will make the running back an unrestricted free agent at the start of the new league year, general manager Kevin Colbert said Wednesday. "We can't afford to use any other type of tags", Colbert told reporters.

Pittsburgh had the option to place the transition tag on Bell and match any offer from other National Football League teams, but it would have been a risky - and potentially expensive - option. Colbert said the transition tag wasn't viable because of the number ($14.5 million) and the fact that Pro Bowl running back James Conner and rookie Jaylen Samuels were productive without Bell last season. Colbert confirms that longshot turns into zilch. 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.

Now Bell needs to find a team willing to compensate him at his desired rate. Some have speculated that the disgruntled receiver was intentionally causing a rift between himself and his current team to force a move by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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"Had a great meeting with Mr.Rooney today we discussed a lot of things and we cleared the air on several issues!"

The GM also said Brown will not be allowed to select the team to which he is traded.

"We will not be discounting you on the trade market and we will not release you". "We're not going to move a significant player for less than significant compensation".

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