The Pittsburgh Steelers are about to play their third game without star running back Le'Veon Bell. They might be preparing to move on from him permanently.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh is now listening to trade offers for Bell. The 26-year-old back will become a free agent after the season.
Bell has yet to sign his franchise tender for this season. He is aiming to preserve himself so that he'll be able to sign a long-term deal in free agency in the offseason.
Pittsburgh has already said they don't plan on offering him one, so it makes some sense that they would try to get back whatever they can for Bell now.
Bell would be a good fit for a contending team that thinks it needs one more dynamic playmaker to put it over the top. The Green Bay Packers make sense on paper, but would normally conservative Green Bay be willing to make this go-for-broke type of move?
As for Pittsburgh, they've weathered a bunch of issues during the first two weeks of the season, from Bell's holdout to Antonio Brown's sideline spat and Big Ben's injuries. It hasn't been easy.
Fortunately, Bell's replacement James Conner has been excellent, so the Steelers should be in good shape at running back for as long as Bell is out, or even if they decide to trade him.
Pittsburgh will look to get in the win column today against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.