Tag looking more likely for Le’Veon Bell
The Steelers tried to set an artificial deadline for a long-term deal for running back Le’Veon Bell.
An actual deadline tomorrow may force their hand.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Steelers now appear likely to use the franchise tag on Bell by tomorrow’s deadline, marking the second year in a row for him.
Rutgers has won 10 of its last 13 games and improves to 12-7 on the season, its best start in close to 20 years. Game 2 is Saturday at 1 p.m.
I think this team understands now that whatever the score is, it doesn’t matter, head coach Joe Litterio said. They’re just waiting to figure the guy out. … No panic, that’s the biggest thing we’ve learned over the early part of the season . Our offense can score runs at any time, and I think that’s relaxing our defense a little bit, our pitchers as well. Just don’t give up the big inning.
O’Reilly (2-1) only gave up the unearned run on five hits despite 10 men reaching base in the first five innings. O’Reilly, a senior, stranded seven of them, including a big strikeout to escape a bases-loaded jam in the fifth. Rutgers also turned a double play in the third. O’Reilly walked two, hit one batter and struck out six.
When healthy, Mewhort has played well, but he has missed more games than he has played the last two seasons.
Mewhort was the No. 47 player on our Free Agent Top 100.
So, again, once it’s clear that a team isn’t going to make it to the offs, the smart business move is to lose, lose, and lose some more. It’s also smart to never admit it — and to strenuously object to any suggestion that, for example, a decision to bench a franchise quarterback who won two Super Bowl for an underachieving backup is aimed in whole or in part at losing as many games as possible and, in turn, getting the highest possible spot in all seven rounds of the draft.
For as long as there’s a draft with a final order based solely on how poorly a team did the prior year, there’s an incentive to do as poorly as possible, once the offs aren’t a possibility. The added haul that the Colts will receive over the next two years makes that clear, and they got there simply by being 4-12 as opposed to 5-11 or 6-10 or whatever their best record could have been without qualifying for the postseason.