The Pittsburgh Steelers may have landed a steal in cornerback Joe Haden after the Browns cut him Wednesday morning. Haden refused to restructure his contract from $11 million to $7 million, which suddenly left him on the market. The Steelers swooped in immediately, and although the seven-year veteran reportedly had more lucrative offers on the table, he decided on Pittsburgh and a three-year, $27 million deal.
With less than a week left until the NFL season opener, the Steelers added a solid player on defense, but they are still without a major piece of their offense.
Steelers are expected to sign former Browns CB Joe Haden to a three-year, $27 million deal, including $7M this year, sources told ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 30, 2017
The Steelers slapped running back Le’Veon Bell with a franchise tag in February worth $12.12 Million for the upcoming season, but Bell has yet to sign the tender or show up to any practices or team meetings.
Bell ran for 1,268 yards last year on 261 attempts last season and feels he is worth a multi-year deal.
His teammates are sick of Bell’s holdout and one, in particular, has been pretty vocal about it.
what's good Joe?!!!!!!!!! ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾 https://t.co/UIaRUJVRwY
— Le'Veon Bell (@L_Bell26) August 30, 2017
Wide receiver Antonio Brown, one of the top wideouts in the NFL, has taken to social media to call out Bell for not showing up to practice.
However, Brown does understand wanting to get paid. Brown has had his own contract dispute with the Steelers in the past, but never missed a mandatory practice. This past offseason, the five-time Pro Bowler inked a four-year, $68 million extension.
— Brian E. Roach (SCU) (@CannonsDontThun) August 7, 2017
But when it comes to his teammate, Brown has had enough.
Back in July, Brown made a plea to Bell via Snapchat, using his followers to deliver a message to the running back.