Le’Veon Bell to Skip Steelers OTAs After Getting Franchise Tagged Again

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Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell won’t attend the team’s organized team activities, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported Monday.

The Steelers’ OTAs are set to begin Tuesday and run through Thursday before resuming next week. Bell’s absence won’t come as a surprise, with the three-time Pro Bowler looking to sign a long-term extension. Pittsburgh placed the franchise tag on him for the second year in a row in March.

Bell is set to earn a little over $14.5 million in 2018 unless he and the Steelers can agree to a new deal before July 16. He indicated during a live chat on Instagram in March he plans on sitting out the offseason without a multiyear extension.nfl jersey cheap

“Honestly, no, I’m not going to sit out,” Bell said, regarding a holdout that would include the 2018 regular season, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review’s Joe Rutter. “I’m going to be in the facility Week 1. It’s going to be a rerun of last year. I’m not going to [training] camp. I’m not doing nothing else extra, OTAs, none of that.”

He had previously floated the idea of sitting out the 2018 season or retiring altogether if the Steelers placed the franchise tag on him.

Bell reported to the Steelers last September cheap nfl jerseys ahead of the 2017 season, missing out on the team’s preseason workouts and games.

Bell proceeded to run for 1,291 yards and nine touchdowns, though his 4.0 yards per carry were his lowest since his rookie year in 2013.nfl jerseys for cheap

Alex Ovechkin, Capitals Force Game 7 with Shutout Win vs. Lightning

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The Washington Capitals lived to fight another day by defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning, 3-0, in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final at home Monday night at Capital One Arena.

T.J. Oshie bookended the game with the Capitals’ first and third goals, while Devante Smith-Pelly provided the second midway through the third period.

The Capitals were challenging Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy throughout the first period and into the second period to no avail. Finally, Oshie broke the deadlock 15:12 into the second period.authentic nfl jerseys cheap

It was a great example of patient buildup play, as Washington waited until the perfect goalscoring opportunity presented itself. Nicklas Backstrom put the puck on a platter for Oshie to smash past Vasilevskiy. The NHL offered a second look at the opener:nfl jerseys for cheap

Vasilevskiy couldn’t do much to stop Smith-Pelly’s goal 10:02 into the third period. Chandler Stephenson helped the Capitals avoid an icing. Jay Beagle gave the puck to Stephenson behind the net, and Stephenson found an onrushing Smith-Pelly. Vasilevskiy had no time to react to the wrist shot.

After dropping three games in a row, this is exactly the kind of performance Washington needed ahead of a Game 7. It was by far the better team Monday night, and Vasilevskiy is a big reason the Capitals didn’t win by four or five goals.

The Capitals out-shot the Lightning 34-24 and had 39 hits to 19 for their opponents.

The series now shifts back to Tampa on Wednesday night. The Capitals are 3-7 in Game 7s in the last 11 seasons, so the excitement from Monday’s win will likely transform into a palpable level of anxiety over the next two days.cheap nfl jerseys

The question becomes whether Washington can repeat that performance, as well as whether Tampa Bay comes out this flat again with what is bound to be a raucous home crowd at Amalie Arena.

At the very least, the Lightning have to take some pressure off Vasilevskiy, because he alone won’t be enough to slow down what appears to be a reinvigorated Capitals attack.nfl jersey cheap