Le'Veon Bell remains a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, but the star running back has yet to report to the team for the 2018 regular season. The Steelers are reportedly actively shopping the All-Pro tailback and we have a major update on a potential trade.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport has revealed what the Steelers are looking for in return for Bell. Pittsburgh is reportedly seeking a high draft pick and a solid player, according to reports.
NFL.com has the full update:
With just over a month to go before the NFL trade deadline, the Steelers are contacting teams and actively shopping Bell, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Pittsburgh general manager Kevin Colbert is seeking at least a second-round draft pick and a "good" player in exchange for the prolific offensive threat, Rapoport added.
So far, however, no teams have matched the Steelers' terms for a trade, Rapoport reported. For Bell to be traded, he would have to essentially agree to the transaction by signing his $14.54 million franchise tender with the team. Since he's currently not under the contract, the Steelers can't trade him until the tender is signed.
If Bell isn't moved before the Oct. 30 trade deadline, he has until Nov. 13 to sign his tender in order to accrue a season toward free agency. So far, Bell has forfeited more than $3.4 million in salary by missing the first four games of the season.
There are likely several teams interested in making a trade for Bell, however it's unclear if anyone is willing to pay the price the Steelers want.
The Steelers, meanwhile, are set to play a major AFC North game this evening. Pittsburgh is set to host Baltimore on Sunday Night Football.