Randy Gregory has worked hard for a second chance in the NFL, but he knows it’s his last chance.
It is, Gregory said, via Todd Archer of ESPN, and if it’s not, I’m definitely treating it like it is. I feel like a lot of other organizations wouldn’t have stuck around for this long. I think part of it is just the faith in what I can do on the field, but they also saw that I was a struggling kid that was trying to get himself back on the right path.
The former second-round pick has 20 tackles and a sack in 14 games since the Cowboys made him a second-round pick.
Once again, I apologize to everyone who has been negatively impacted by my actions and incredibly poor judgment, in particular the Cardinals, our fans and my family, Keim said. I fully deserve and accept the punishment that has been issued. My goal is to do everything I can to grow from this personally and help others learn from my inexcusable behavior.
Multiple members of the personnel department will handle Keim’s duties during his absence.
Bell’s agent Adisa Bakari confirmed the lack of a deal shortly before the 4 p.m. ET deadline and said that the writing is now on the wall for his client’s future with the Steelers.
His intention was to retire as a Steeler, Bakari said, via Adam Schefter of ESPN. But now that there’s no deal, the practical reality is, this now likely will Le’Veon’s last season as a Steeler.
The Steelers released a statement of their own that said they will revisit a long-term deal after the 2018 season. Given the lack of success on that front the last two years, the prohibitive cost of another franchise tag and the tenor of Bakari’s message, it doesn’t sound like a particularly likely outcome.
Bakari didn’t detail how close the two sides may have come during contract discussions, but it doesn’t sound like they were particularly close. Bakari said the Steelers wanted to pay the position rather than the player, which leaves Bell to decide when he’ll report to the team in order to make his case to the rest of the league ahead of expected free agency in 2019.