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  1. Bayhawks

    Dynasty & Redraft: Josh Adams RB, PHI

    Went with riddick🤢; might cost me my matchup. Was nice to see Adams out there so much, even when Philly was down big.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    Yes, after the July deadline passed, they couldn’t do a long term deal, but they were allowed to go above the $14.5M for this year.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    As has already been discussed; using the transition tag & not matching could very well minimize the return they get (accords to overthecap.com link posted earlier, not matching an offer sheet for a transition player gets the Steelers nothing). Unless the info overthecap has is wrong, an transition tag would be very risky.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    What Twitter show? And the $14.5 isn’t fixed by the rules; Pitt could have offered him more at any time for the year. The CBA says it must be at least $14.5, not exactly $14.5
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    Dynasty & Redraft: Josh Adams RB, PHI

    I was in the same boat (still am, actually), but I dont' know how many (if any) passes he'd see, and I could see Philly having to throw A LOT to keep up with NO. Might have to roll out Riddick ahead of him & hope he can catch a bunch of passes
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    Le'Veon Bell

    I mentioned in a few posts that I think Bell (or his agent) did get clarification. I think that is why he came back to Pittsburgh before the deadline. Since the wording in the CBA isn't completely clear (the assumption was that if he doesn't play under the tag, he could be tagged at the same level again, and I've read reports recently that say they are surprised at the NFL's concession on this point, because the wording of the CBA could allow them to make that argument), the NFL wouldn't voluntarily concede that point until they were forced to do so. It would take a player getting to that point (getting tagged, and not playing at all under the tag) for it to become an issue. So, maybe Bell and his agent believed he would be tagged at the QB level even if he didn't play, but the league wouldn't concede that point. So, the week before the deadline, Bell tweets that he's leaving Miami & shows up in Pittsburgh. Within short order, we have the NFL network reporting that the NFL won't argue that Bell could be tagged again at the 2nd tag level if he doesn't play in 2018. When Bell showed up, and the Steelers didn't want him back, he/his agent got the NFL to concede the point (then the report was leaked), and Bell didn't sign. Again, this is what I think could have happened. It makes sense, but I don't have any source/proof that it went down this way.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    I disagree, and I think a court would too, if the NFL tried to "back-track" from this report. As I posted previously, I'd assume that Bell's agent got this information first-hand, as well, before they decided not to report by 11/13.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    The NFL owns the NFL network; it's not ESPN reporting it, or CBS, it's the NFL themselves. C'mon.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    It was reported by NFL network, which is owned by the NFL. I'm not sure how legally binding that would be, but I'm sure that if this situation were to go before a court, a player's lawyers would argue that the media representative of the NFL reporting this, and not being "corrected" by the NFL is binding. What's more, this NFL network report came shortly after Bell returned to Pittsburgh, shortly before the 11/13 deadline. I would assume that the report was a result of that. Speculation is that Pittsburgh didn't want Bell to come back (maybe they'd have a wink-wink deal to not franchise him if he stayed away, they'd use the roster exemption on him, etc), so when he looked like he was, the NFL released the report. I would also assume that Bell and/or his agent got this information from someone directly, which is what led to him deciding against signing on 11/13.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    This is very true. At most, you could have 32 players per year impacted by the franchise tag. The NFLPA has, and will likely continue to, prioritize issues that impact a much higher percentage of the players when negotiating with the NFL. Which is why what Bell did matters. Until the NFL conceded that a player who doesn't play under a tag still advances to the next tag rate, the assumption was that not playing would allow a team to use the same tag rate on the player the next year. So, if a player was tagged, they could refuse to sign and play, but they'd find themselves in the exact same situation the next season. Now that the NFL has said they wouldn't press this issue, the teams/owners would face a losing court battle if they tried to operate under the old assumption. And, since teams have to have the cap money available to sign any franchise players who might sit out, teams risk substantial cap "penalties" if they franchise players who don't sign/play. I'm not suggesting that teams won't use the tag anymore, but if a player says he won't play under the tag; teams might be less likely to apply the tag, or more willing to work out a long-term deal (especially with 2nd/3rd tags). Otherwise they could find themselves with a player who isn't playing but is forcing them to withhold tens of millions of dollars from their salary cap in a given year. What Bell has done is give more leverage to the players. How much leverage is up to debate, but he did strengthen the players leverage and weaken the owners leverage with regards to the franchise tag.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    According to the link @Anarchy99posted, transition tagged players no longer qualify for comp picks. As I said before, if that’s the case, I don’t see Pitt taking that risk.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    OK; that would require Bell to consent to the trade. I don’t see why he’d do that, to help out the Steelers. Based on how the situation played out between the two sides, I don’t see why he’d want to help them get more compensation for his services. Also, the language you posted from the CBA said that the awarding of comp picks can change if the two parties agree. The link that @Anarchy99posted seems to suggest that there was a change to that agreement in 2016. If true, we are back to what I posted previously: Pitt would be risking the loss of any draft pick compensation (and relying on Bell being willing to consent to a trade where he gains nothing), by applying the transition tag. It’s not impossible, but I think it’s unlikely.
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    Le'Veon Bell

    Maybe I’m confused about what you are suggesting Pitt might do; I’m reading it as you think they could place the transition tag on him but let other teams know that they will match an offer sheet then trade him for a draft pick. Is that correct?
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    Le'Veon Bell

    With that being the case, doesn’t that preclude the scenario you are proposing; where the Steelers transition Bell & make it known that they will accept a trade of draft pick(s) towt Bell wall? Since Draft Pick Compensation isn’t allowed & that means picks between clubs?
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    Le'Veon Bell

    Well @Anarchy99seems to think I’m interpreting the CBA incorrectly & they would still get a comp pick if they refused to match an offer sheet. If he’s correct, I think your scenario is more likely. If not, I’d be shocked if Pitt risks losing all compensation for losing Bell to move the likely 3rd roundpick from 2020 to 2019