Le’Veon Bell trade is likely in the works as he has given no indication that he plans to report to the Pittsburgh Steelers before Week 10. It should come as little surprise that the team is entertaining the idea of trading the star running back.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Steelers have begun listening to Le’Veon Bell trade offers for Bell.
Steelers now listening to trade offers for RB Le’Veon Bell, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2018
Bell is forfeiting nearly $1 million per week in salary by not showing up for work, and he seems committed to limiting his injury exposure with free agency looming. If the Steelers can find a team that is willing to trade for Bell and commit to signing him to a long-term extension, a deal might make sense for both sides.
In addition to having a bad relationship with Pittsburgh’s front office, Bell has also fallen out of the good graces of some of his teammates. He sent a cryptic tweet early Sunday morning that may have been related to his ongoing holdout.
The deadline to make trades in the NFL is Oct. 30. Bell will have to sign his franchise tender in order to play this season, meaning he cannot technically sign a long-term extension with any team until after the season. However, there could be a scenario where the Steelers find a trade partner that can work out a handshake agreement with Le’Veon Bell trade.
Bell’s Twitter likes are something of a window into his mind, and we got another glimpse on Sunday as reports flew about his future with the team.
Bell liked a Tweet showing his last play from Pittsburgh’s playoff loss to Jacksonville last season, referring to it as likely his final play as a member of the Steelers.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 23, 2018
Does Bell know something? Who knows. Probably not, but the fact that this popped up after it was reported that the Steelers are open to listening to trade offers for Bell certainly isn’t meaningless. At the very least, it’s may be an indication that Bell sees a trade as the most likely outcome, as contract talks between him and the team appear to be irreversibly stalled.
Early Sunday morning, Bell sent a cryptic tweet about being taken for granted.
sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way…I feel like too many ppl take me for granted…
— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) September 23, 2018
The tweet didn’t mention the Steelers or football, but the star running back has to know everyone will assume it directly relates to his situation. We know he wanted the Steelers to thank him by making him by far the highest-paid running back in the NFL, and that didn’t happen. Bell can now hold out until Week 10 if he wants to avoid exposing himself to a potential injury ahead of free agency.