Salary cap implications for Steelers from new Roosevelt Nix contract

Jose Verdugo
Febrero 15, 2018

"We never will discount the use of the tag because that's collectively bargained", Colbert told reporters Thursday. "But, again, our goal is to have something done on a long-term basis".

"We met with Le'Veon before he left and said, 'Look, we have a strong desire to keep you with the Pittsburgh Steelers the remainder of your career, '" said Colbert, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Asked if he's optimistic over a new deal, Colbert said, "I believe I am", in part because Bell was great on the field and in the locker room despite the absence of an extension.

While Colbert said Bell "didn't disappoint in any aspect" this season after not showing up to training camp, he wants his star running back to be in training camp this season: "It's important for every player to be here". Colbert and the Steelers' brass are acutely aware of Bell's feelings. With that said, during the Steelers first 12 regular season games, their defense gave up far too many explosive runs of 20 yards or more and that in turn was heavily reflected in their yards per carry statistic. "'We think he can still be a great player from this point forward and we'd love for him to be a Pittsburgh Steeler for the rest of his career".

Bell was named to his third Pro Bowl this past season, leading the league in carries (with 321) over the course of his 15 games.

"That's always a possibility when you're trying to get your team better under the cap", he said.

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"It was nearly like we were under aggressive against the run and overaggressive against the pass and getting ourselves caught out of position", Colbert said.

"So, we have to be ready to be better than we were past year".

And while the Steelers do have all 11 of their 2017 defensive starters under contract for 2018, Colbert noted crucial fluctuations in performance.

One player who will be around next year in some capacity is linebacker Ryan Shazier, who's recovering from a severe spinal injury.

"If we don't change the roster we had in 2017, what reason would we think there will be any difference in the results?"

Although Nix will earn $2.75 million in 2018, Pittsburgh will only have to account for $1,437,500 against the cap this season. Ryan does as much for us as we do for him because the way he works at this and the attitude he has shown in his rehabilitation is uplifting.

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