Jets contact Steelers about Bell trade

Ruben Hill
September 25, 2018

It makes sense that the Pittsburgh Steelers are open to trading Le'Veon Bell now that the star running back has skipped the first three games of the regular season, but they may have to put in some serious effort if they want to make it happen.

"What if enough teams say, "We will do one year and $8 (million) with incentives and you don't get a third-round comp pick" like the Sheldon Richardson situation?" an executive said, per Sando.

The Jets are known for performing due diligence whenever a high-profile player becomes available.

One executive told Sando the Steelers let other teams know before the season it could take a Khalil Mack-type ransom to land the All-Pro running back. At this point, that figure is $11.9 million.

Bell hasn't suited up for Pittsburgh yet this season because of his disdain for the franchise tag, which he received in consecutive offseasons.

As for the salary cap space, OverTheCap.com now lists 10 teams with $10 million or more in cap space.

Right now, the Jets are relying on two veterans in the backfield, Isaiah Crowell (171 rushing yards, four touchdowns) and Bilal Powell (139 yards, one receiving touchdown). Second-year back Elijah McGuire, recovering from a broken foot, is expected to come off injured reserve after the eighth game. They also have upwards of $90 million in space next season, which they could use to give Bell the massive contract he's been looking for.

The trading deadline is October 30.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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