By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Pittsburgh Steelers are willing to listen to trade offers for running back Le’Veon Bell. He has been holding out.
If they’re willing to listen, that usually means they’re willing to make a deal if it’s the right package. Any team, who would acquire Bell, would have to have the necessary cap space to potentially sign him to a long-term deal.
Bell, who was offered a franchise deal for the second straight year, refused to sign the tender and is willing to get a huge extension. He believes that he should be paid like a top player in the league, not necessarily as a running back.
The Steelers will be playing their third straight game without Bell on Monday night. Pittsburgh travels to Tampa, Florida to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football.
Without Bell, James Conner has been carrying the load.
The second-year back had eight carries for 17-yards and a touchdown in the team’s 42-37 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, September 16th. In the season-opening tie with the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, September 9th, he had 31 carries for 135 yards and two touchdowns.
In two games, he has 39 carries for 152 yards and three touchdowns. He’s averaging 3.9 yards per carry.
He also has 10 receptions for 105 yards.
Bell had 321 carries for the team last season. He had 1,291 rushing yards and nine touchdowns.
The 26-year-old Michigan State back has brought many distractions to the team. The team has been divided on him — and they went off on him for not reporting.
Bell was recently seen on a ski boat while his former teammates were working hard. He has reportedly said he would be willing to sit out the entire 2018 season if he does not get a long-term deal.
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