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Behind the Steel Curtain - Pittsburgh Steelers

Diagnosing who holds the leverage in the Steelers and Le’Veon Bell contract negotiations

“He is the one guy left. All the other franchise guys have signed their tenders, three of them can still go after that long-term deal, but he is the one guy who still hasn’t signed that tender. Personally, I think it is going to be one of those deadline signings we see, and ultimately Bell, right now, has the leverage. He feels okay with everything that is going down.

Bell right now does hold the leverage. He would get paid $12.1 million dollars if he does sign that tag. I, personally, do think he will get a deal done, but I think it is the Steelers, right now, who are sweating...not Bell.”

Cincy Jungle - Cincinnati Bengals

Constructing the NFL’s best possible team

Our goal here is to build the best team possible with a $167 million budget, which is the NFL salary cap for the 2017 season. We saw this idea from Jon Ledyard of Fanragsports.com and the guys at Pats Pulpit, and we thought we’d take a spin at it, too. Both followed the same rules: no true rookies allowed, the focus for the roster has to be winning right now - although in the Patriots blog’s case, the squad was assembled for the 2018 season as well, and the roster must be built with scheme fit and personnel deployment in mind. I will stick to those guidelines, too.

A player’s cap hit for the 2017 season will be considered their salary. The first players listed are the starters.

Dawgs By Nature - Cleveland Browns

CB Jamar Taylor named the Browns “secret superstar” for 2017

Every year, PFF goes through and tries to pick one “secret superstar” on most rosters in the NFL — they define the phrase as representing “players who have performed well but have yet to receive the recognition their play deserves.” Browns players represented in the past include CB K’Waun Williams (2015), DL John Hughes (2014), OL John Greco (2013), SS T.J. Ward(2012), and LB Chris Gocong (2011).

Here is what PFF had to say about Taylor:

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