Yesterday, ESPN reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers are listening to offers for running back Le'Veon Bell. Bell has yet to suit up for the team this season as he has not signed his franchise tender.
In the wake of this news, several teams were listed as potential destinations. Now, one of those teams has apparently been identified.
According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the New York Jets have reached out to the Steelers expressing interest in Bell. It sounds like any conversations are in the early stages, as of now.
"The Jets have not made a concrete offer for Bell yet, but they believe that the Steelers are serious about moving the dynamic offensive weapon," Mehta wrote.
On one hand, the Jets badly need offensive skill talent, so Bell makes sense from that perspective. On the other hand, New York still is likely to miss the playoffs even with him, so is it worth trading draft capital for a one-year rental when you aren't a true contender?
Bell can't be offered a multi-year deal until after the season, when he becomes a free agent. The Jets could always attempt to sign the 26-year-old star at that point without surrendering anything in return.
In his first five NFL seasons, Bell has been a workhorse. He's racked up 5,336 rushing yards, 2,660 receiving yards and 42 total touchdowns.
Bell is set to miss his third game of the season when the Steelers take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers tonight. James Conner will once again start in his place.