The Steelers are winners of four straight and are about to embark on their quest to win the AFC North and return to the playoffs.
While the team heads to Cincy and gets ready to face the Bengals in a heated AFC North showdown we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Saturday, Dec. 17th.
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ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says that running back Le’Veon Bell isn’t worried about his contract future. Bell will become a free agent in 2017 and ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Chris Mortensen suggested that he’s likely to become Pittsburgh’s first franchise tagged player in a few years.
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We all know that the Steelers franchise doesn’t negotiate contracts during the season so this won’t be settled until well into next year but Bell has entered the MVP discussion with his 161.6 total yards per average.
The contract situation with Bell and Pittsburgh might be better off settled the year after next, after a franchise tag. For both sides. Sure, the team runs the risk of Bell’s price going up if he keeps going at this pace but on the other end it’s a risk for the team to invest in a player who’s one strike away from a year-long suspension if he misses just one more drug test.
Someone’s going to pay Bell a lot of money in the near future, that’s for sure.
I’m not sure if the NFL knows what the word “random” means. James Harrison got popped for second “random” drug test this week. He was tested on Monday following the 27-20 win over Buffalo in which the 38-year-old linebacker played every defensive snap.
I guess the NFL couldn’t believe that Harrison is the ageless wonder he really is. Now they’re just being rude.
What’s been the problem with the Bengals this season? Mike Prisuta is the brave soul to take that question on seriously while the rest of us are over here making jokes about their locker room smelling of cat pee. He says that quarterback Andy Dalton is throwing less interceptions but he’s also throwing less touchdowns as well.
He’s also getting sacked a ton of times thanks to an offensive line that resemble the turnstyles at Kennywood. He’s already been sacked 36 times this season and I have a feeling that number’s going up this weekend. Hope the ground is soft in Cincy.