Steelers Place Franchise Tag on Le’Veon Bell

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Le’Veon Bell
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A regular contributor to Fox News and MSNBC for his insight on political races and issues in the Latino community, Chuck Rocha is the president and founder of Solidarity Strategies, which consulted for Bernie Sanders’s 2016 presidential campaign. Outside of the political realm, Chuck Rocha is an avid fan of the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Steelers secured an integral part of its offense in the 2017 NFL offseason by placing the franchise tag on running back Le’Veon Bell. This gives the team exclusive negotiating rights with the 25-year-old. If he does not sign a long-term deal with the Steelers before July 15, Bell will earn north of $12 million in 2017 and become a free agent following the season.

A second-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft, Bell has been one of the Steelers’ most dynamic players for the past four seasons. In 47 career games, he has accumulated 4,045 yards rushing, 2,005 yards receiving, and a combined 31 touchdowns. Last season, he led the NFL in yards from scrimmage per game with 157 and touches per game with 28. He also recorded a career-high in rushing yards per game with 105.7.

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Washington Nationals Quiet in Offseason Market

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Washington Nationals
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In 2010, Chuck Rocha founded Solidarity Strategies, a Washington, DC-based political consulting firm that he continues to lead as president. In his free time, Chuck Rocha follows his hometown professional baseball team, the Washington Nationals.

Washington Nationals fans had a lot to be happy about in 2016, as the team ended the regular season in first place in the National League East division. The Nationals also finished the regular season tied with the Texas Rangers for the second-most wins league-wide, with only the eventual World Series-winning Chicago Cubs tallying more. Making their third trip to the playoffs since 2012, the Nationals fell 3-2 in nail-biting Divisional Series matchup against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the subsequent offseason, Nationals management has been relatively quiet. In December, the franchise traded minor-league prospect Pedro Avila for the San Diego Padres veteran catcher Derek Norris, though the Nationals released Norris in March.

In another trade, the club acquired Adam Eaton from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for three right-handed pitchers. Two of the pitchers, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito, are considered top prospects. While a costly acquisition, Eaton comes to the Nationals following a productive 2016 season in which be batted .284 and was a finalist for the Gold Glove.