The & # 39; Veon Bell will hit the market of free agents without any conditions.
Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert told reporters Wednesday that the team would not use the transition label on Bell.
"The Veon is still a great player, we can not afford to use another type of tag," Colbert said. via Jeremy Fowler from ESPN. "The & # 39; Veon will be an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the league New Year."
Pittsburgh's idea slapping the transition label on Bell had been evoked as an option the Steelers might try to use to eventually match a contract offer. The other idea was that Pittsburgh could use the transitional etiquette as a potential mechanism to exchange Bell and thus receive immediate compensation for backtracking, which would have been extremely difficult to obtain. Pittsburgh is about to receive a compensatory draft in 2020, once Bell is independent.
The use of the transition tag always seemed to be a long distance shooting option. Colbert confirms that Longshot becomes zilch.
Bell will now embark on the free market, which was the goal of the double threat after refusing to sign the franchise label of $ 14.5 million. last year and having spent the entire season.
Bell must now find a team willing to pay him at the desired rate.