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Insider Only Ranking the Steelers Top Free Agents for 2017


Ranking Steelers 2017 Free Agents (Unrestricted Free Agents)

1. RB Le’Veon Bell | 1,268 rushing yards, 7 Touchdowns |

Bell the NFL’s top ranked free agent had 1,884 total yards in 2016 and is looking to top Adrian Peterson’s average/year salary of $14 million. As he rapped this summer, he wants that ‘$15 million’. Due to the franchise tag he won’t be going anywhere for 2017. For now, the sense is he’s more likely to come back next season on the franchise tag than a long-term deal.

Bell turns 25 in February and the concern for the Steelers doing a significant long-term deal is running backs have a shelf life. Bell has had two major knee injuries. Whether it’s this summer or next, Pittsburgh will be more interested in a $10-$12 million a year type contract than the $14-$15 million per the Bell camp seeks.

One thing that will help Bell get a long-term deal with Pittsburgh eventually is the Steelers believe the past suspensions are not a long-term concern as the team is adamant he doesn’t have the type of problems a Martavis Bryant has for example.

Highest Paid Running Backs in 2016
Adrian Peterson – Total Value $42,000,000 | Avg/Year $14,000,000
LeSean McCoy – Total Value $40,050,000 | Avg/Year $8,010,000
Jonathan Stewart – Total Value $36,500,000 | Avg/Year $7,300,000
Doug Martin – Total Value $35,750,000 | Avg/Year $7,150,000
Jamaal Charles – Total Value $27,750,000 | Avg/Year $6,937,5000

2. LB Lawrence Timmons | 114 Tackles, 2.5 sacks, 2 INT, 10 QB hits, 1 FF

Timmons played out the final year of his 6 year, $48 million contract without being extended. In 2016 he made $8,750,000, carrying a massive cap hit of $15,131,250. Led the Steelers with 114 tackles, 10th most among inside linebackers in the NFL. Is a liability at times in coverage but had a very productive year, especially in the second half of the season where he was the Steelers best player on the field some days.

Timmons was Pro Football Focus top rated Steelers defender vs the Patriots Sunday night.

The Steelers had preliminary talks in the summer. Timmons agent Drew Rosenhaus was seeking Want the Full Story? Get "Inside Access"

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