- Joel Corry of CBS Sports mentions that the biggest obstacle in negotiations between the Steelers and
- franchise RB Le’Veon Bell was likely the team offering just a $10 million signing bonus as the only guaranteed money in his five-year, $75 million offer.
- Similar to last year, Corry does not expect Bell to sign his franchise tender until after training camp on Labor Day, September 3.
- Corry writes that Bell reaching free agency is the most likely scenario since the running back has been intent on finding his max value. However, if Bell does, in fact, end up testing the open market, Corry says that he is taking an inherent risk given running backs typically do not receive large contracts in free agency.
- Corry points out that recently retired RB DeMarco Murray is an example of backs not doing well on the open market, noting that productivity has historically dropped off after receiving a heavy workload. Despite Murray being named 2014 offensive player of the year, the Eagles signed him to a five-year, $40 million contract with $21 million in guarantees.
- Should Bell reach free agency, Corry lists the Colts, Jets, Texans, Browns, and Raiders as potential suitors.
Free agent WR Eli Rogers says he’s looking forward to deciding which team he’ll be playing for in 2018 over the next few days.
Can’t wait to choose where I’ll be playing this season within these next few days. It’s been a long road of recovery. I appreciate all of my fans who tried to stay connected with me along this process.
— Eli Rogers (@__bELIeve17) July 19, 2018
We have him featured in our Top 50 Available 2018 NFL Free Agents list.
According to Tom Pelissero, here the base values for the contracts signed by the three Supplemental Draft prospects: