Le'Veon Bell might be on the move this season. The Pittsburgh Steelers' star running back, who's yet to report for the 2018 regular season, is reportedly on the trading block.
Bell, an All-Pro running back, is reportedly being considered for a trade by the Steelers, who are now listening to offers.
ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter broke the news on Sunday. From ESPN.com:
Pittsburgh is now listening to trade offers for the All-Pro running back while he remains away from the team with an unsigned franchise tag, league sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter.
When Bell didn't show for Week 1, sources said the Steelers planned to stand pat with no plans to rescind his $14.5 million tag or trade him. Bell wants a new contract and is unhappy with being tagged for the second straight year, so he has stayed in South Florida as the Steelers began the season 0-1-1.
Bell forfeits $852,941 per week -- or one-seventeenth of the total tag number -- each week he fails to show up, and it's become clear Bell has no intention of showing up soon. In the last week, Bell has been spotted on jet skis, on a yacht and at a nightclub for his album release.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport had an update on the situation this morning. He reports that the Steelers have received some calls about Bell from a couple of NFL teams. A trade, though, would be complicated due to the franchise tag situation.
Teams would also have to trade for Bell not knowing if he was going to re-sign with the franchise in 2019. He's set to be a free agent this upcoming offseason and is seeking a lot of guaranteed money.
"The Steelers have received a few inquiries from teams looking to trade for franchised RB Le’Veon Bell, and they have not shot those down as they once did. A trade would be very complicated, but not impossible. Expect this to heat up as the trade deadline gets closer," he reports.
Several NFL teams have been mentioned as candidates for a Le'Veon Bell trade. The 49ers, Packers, Colts and Jets, among other teams, have all been talked about for the Steelers' star running back.
CBS, meanwhile, named the Cleveland Browns as a possible option for Bell:
Cleveland has plenty of playmakers but when you have one win in 635 days you're in no position to ignore adding another one. Not only that, but Bell would be a welcome addition in the backfield now that Baker Mayfield is expected to be the starting quarterback. Carlos Hyde and Nick Chubb are mostly runners, and Duke Johnson is the pass-catching threat, but Bell is an upgrade over all three.
The five teams mentioned above, in addition to the Jaguars, Titans and Cowboys, all have at least $12 million in cap space available to add Bell, who is currently owed $11.98 million on the balance of his 2018 franchise tender, according to ESPN's Field Yates.
Pittsburgh, meanwhile, is set to play its third game of the season with Bell tonight. The Steelers are set to take on the Buccaneers on ESPN's Monday Night Football.
Stay tuned for more updates on a possible Le'Veon Bell trade. It's looking like this situation is not going to be resolved at any point in the near future.