As drama surrounding Antonio Brown's status with the Steelers continues to brew in Pittsburgh, it now appears that the team plans to transition tag disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell.
The plan for the Steelers seems to be to apply the transition tag to Bell so in the event that he signs it, they can match any other team's offer to him and then trade him.
'All indications' Steelers plan to transition tag Le'Veon Bell https://t.co/aoZeUFanKA— Rotoworld Football (@Rotoworld_FB) February 15, 2019
It's a smart move, really. At the very least, it gives the Pittsburgh Steelers an opportunity to get something for Bell rather than nothing, and with star wideout Antonio Brown's trade value plummeting by the day, it would be best for them to stockpile as many assets as possible.
The Steelers finished their disappointing 2018 campaign in Bell's absence with a 9-6-1 record, missing the playoffs on the last night of the season. At least one positive, though, was the emergence of running back James Conner.
Filling in for Bell, Conner gathered 1,470 total yards from scrimmage at a rate of 5.4 yards per touch. He tallied 13 touchdowns for Pittsburgh.
James Conner's 56 combined first-down and touchdowns run were good enough for 6th in the NFL pic.twitter.com/HnVYfBr6np— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) February 14, 2019
Yup, 2019 will certainly be a season of change for Yinzer nation. With two of the "Killer Bs" on the way out, Ben Roethlisberger and the crew will have to adapt if they want to retake the AFC North crown from the Baltimore Ravens.
Conner and wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster will have to carry the offensive load along with Roethlisberger as the Steelers begin to enter a new era.