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The Pittsburgh Steelers will not be getting back - liny195 - 01-14-2019 04:08 PM

running back Le’Veon Bell before the end of the 2018 season. Bell had until Tuesday to report to the team San Francisco 49ers Hats , and chose to stay away. He had to report by Tuesday, and by not doing so, he is ineligible to play the rest of the season. The team confirmed the news shortly after the 1 p.m. PT deadline.The Steelers placed the franchise tag on Bell for the second consecutive year, and he said he would not play under it. The Steelers could franchise tag him again next offseason, but it would count as the third franchise tag, and thus count as the much higher QB salary. The Steelers could use the cheaper transition tag, but that means they would have right of first refusal on any contract, and get no draft pick compensation if he leaves.Every offseason brings some notable names to free agency, but Bell will be one of the biggest to hit the open market in recent memory. Kirk Cousins was one such option this past offseason, but for his position, Bell is considerably better than Cousins. Bell likely won’t get a fully guaranteed contract like Cousins (unless he signs a short-term deal), but he will be in line for a big pay day.The 49ers are one of the handful of teams with serious cap space next offseason, and were mentioned in odds content related to Bell. However San Francisco 49ers Womens Hoodie , given the return of Jerick McKinnon and Matt Breida’s breakthrough this season, the odds of the 49ers even pursuing Bell seem non-existent.It’s going to be an intriguing March once Bell does hit the market. He is being criticized by some for skipping out on $14.5 million, but he will not hit the market entirely healthy and without one extra year of tread on his tires. We’ve seen college players suffer in the draft after skipping their final year of college, but this is different. Bell is a proven commodity, and given how easily running backs can wear down, this makes a lot of sense in my mind. I don’t know if he’ll get the huge deal he thought he would get, but given the injury risk of playing this season, I don’t blame him for waiting this out to get to the market. Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre loves getting excited about his fellow Southern Miss gunslingers.Favre has been friends with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Nick Mullens dating back to Mullens time at Southern Miss when he was passing Favre in the Golden Eagles record book. Favre praised Mullens after a strong preseason campaign, and called in to speak with Mullens during the NFL Network postgame show.On Monday, Favre made an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio to take it a step further (h/t Cam Inman). He talked about how Mullens was legit and could make all the throws. He made a reference to Tom Brady, if only to talk about players just needing opportunity to make something happen. He did not appear to be calling Mullens the next Brady, but rather compare simply getting the opportunity to show what they could each do.That’s all well and good, but it’s worth noting this is not the first time Favre has invoked Brady to talk about the importance of a Southern Miss Golden Eagle quarterback getting an opportunity. In 2014 Womens Customized San Francisco 49ers Jerseys , Austin Davis moved into the then St. Louis Rams’ starting lineup after Shaun Hill got hurt. He had a pair of three touchdown games, and then on October 19th, he put together a huge game against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Hill completed 17 of 20 passes for 155 yards and two touchdowns en route to a 28-26 win.Later that week, Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Davis could “definitely play at this level.” Then he went a step further to make another comment on getting an opportunity.Hoyer is the random name there, but given how Davis’ career progressed, that might actually be the most useful comparison of the three mentioned. Hoyer sat on the bench for three years in New England and then much of a year in Arizona before getting a shot to start in Cleveland — fittingly enough, with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan.But Hoyer aside, Favre sure does enjoy making that Brady comparison when it comes to his fellow Golden Eagles. At the time of Davis’ very brief time in the spotlight with St. Louis, he was the only other Southern Miss quarterback after Favre to start more than one NFL game.Nick Mullens has a chance to turn that group into a trio if he gets the start next Monday against the New York Giants. If he has another solid outing, I’m sure we’ll hear more from Brett Favre!