Steelers now are “actively” shopping Le’Veon Bell

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What a three weeks it’s been.

As of Week One, the Steelers were adamant that they wouldn’t trade running back Le'Veon Bell. Last week, they were suddenly listening to offers. Now, the media outlet of which they own a 1/32nd share reports that the Steelers are “actively” shopping Bell.

A trade will be impossible to accomplish without Bell’s cooperation, because there’s nothing to trade unless Bell is under contract. Before a deal can be done, Bell would have to be persuaded to sign a one-year contract. And given that Bell is concerned about overuse as he approaches his free-agency prize in March, he’ll likely want more than his current rate of $855,000 per week before signing anything.

Beyond satisfying Bell, the team that trades for him will have to make an offer the Steelers won’t refuse. The network partially owned by the Steelers says they want a second-round pick and a “good” player.

The problem for the team that pays Bell and compensates the Steelers becomes this: The team will be acquiring a one-year rental, with no ability to sign Bell to a long-term deal until after the regular season ends. That team also risks a postseason walkout by Bell, who may refuse to play for a playoff share (peanuts in comparison to his in-season pay) unless he gets a long-term deal to his liking as soon as the regular season ends.

To make this happen, it may require a suitor made desperate by, for example, a season-ending injury to a dual-threat workhorse tailback on a playoff contender. And so the Steelers would be smart to sit on Bell through Week Eight, waiting to see whether someone becomes sufficiently desperate to make the deal(s) necessary to make a trade.

And if there’s no trade, what happens next? Given that the Steelers are now openly contemplating life without Bell, the fallback to trading him may not be waiting for him to show up after Week 10 but rescinding the franchise tender before he can.

47 responses to “Steelers now are “actively” shopping Le’Veon Bell

  1. A second round draft pick for a player that may not even report until he is required to receive credit for the year? So what basically 8 games? That would be just stupid. At the end of the year the guy is going to sign with the highest bidder? If I’m contending I don’t even think about this trade. To be honest I’m not certain I would want this guy. I definitely don’t want to pay him 17-18M a year. That may pay of for a year or two but after that he will decline in production. If Bell was 25 yeah but at this stage I wouldn’t bank on high production for more than a few years.

  2. Steelers are not going to get much for a cancerous, ME first, spoiled, entitled, greedy Millennial who only cares about himself.
    Laveon is not the kind of guy you want to be in a foxhole with during war.
    Laveon is not the guy you want in the locker room around your young draft picks.
    Laveon is all about Laveon, and is a prime example of why Owners need to start cracking the whip, and destroying the disrespecting players like Bell, Kaep, and others who think they can rise up and challenge the Owners who built this league and who graciously provide free health benefits, an amazing salary, pension, and outstanding perks.

  3. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 30, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Coach Tomlin will make the right move here. He always does.
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    Tomlin will have little or no say in the matter. This will all be handled by Colbert and Rooney.

  4. If a potential team agreed to terms with Bells agent, could the Steelers trade him to a team, at which point the team could remove the franchise tag, allowing Bell to be a free agent? I get the risks involved, and the level of trust between Bell and the future team. Looking past that, just wondering something like that lives within the realm of possibilities?

  5. Steelers are so full of themselves. They tried to squeeze a 6th season out of Bell with no further commitment and Bell called their bluff and now will become a free agent this year after they rescind the tag. Should have traded him this offseason but they wanted to have their cake and eat it too. Pitt loses him for nothing and Bell gets what he wants which is a long term commitment. Not too much to ask as he’s the best in the game and is in his prime for a RB. Time for him to cash in like others less talented already have. And enough with all of you hypocrite stiller fans–you’d all do the exact same thing if confronted with he same circumstances.

  6. have to ask for a 2nd, will get a 3rd in 2020 draft…at this point, who cares…he isn’t worth the hassle…meanwhile- each passing week we gain cap room….could have almost 20 mill next off season barring an Earl Thomas trade….this ticks me off 1,000x more than the kneelers…many “insiders” say the Steelers are cheap…give me a break- he was going to make almost 15 million this year….my Gawd…his agent must be as clueless as him…it’s always these agents- who couldn’t even make thier 4th grade pee wee team who become agents and ruin sports for the fans

  7. terripet says:
    September 30, 2018 at 9:42 am
    Indianapolis bound

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    At least that would give the Colts someone other than Jacoby who can throw a football further than 15 yards

  8. dadindebt6 says:
    September 30, 2018 at 9:50 am
    Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 30, 2018 at 9:31 am
    Coach Tomlin will make the right move here. He always does.
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    Tomlin will have little or no say in the matter. This will all be handled by Colbert and Rooney.

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    Coach Tomlin with his steely Jae and dreamy eyes is the one calling the shots.

  9. Bell should learn of JODY REED 1994 Brewers 2nd baseman: Reed was offered a three-year $7.8 million contract extension by the Dodgers after the season but turned it down in order to become a free agent. He eventually wound up signing a one-year contract with the Milwaukee Brewers for only $350,000 plus incentives.
    [2] He hit .271 with the Brewers in 108 games.

    Bell is in Danger of this happening for lots or reasons imo

  10. They aren’t getting anymore than a third and if they don’t get it they will get a compensatory third rounder anyway

  11. People are like “why wouldn’t they sign him to a long term deal” “Steelers are cheap”

    No. He was offered twice two long terms contracts. Which he turned down. Maybe the guaranteed money was a little low for him, but he seems to forget that he’s one failed drug test away from being treated like Josh Gordon. Two, injury prone. Has one full season under his belt. So tell me, you are a running a multi million dollar company. Would you really trust this employee with all that money.

  12. Everyone calling Bell a me first player is off base and in a different dimension. If your employer was not offering a retirement plan or pension, I am sure you would press for the option or find new employment. I get NFL players get paid boat loads of cash but when there are less skilled players receiving long-term contracts, or less effective employees receiving pension plans, you would demand your slice of the pie. Let these players make their own bed, if rewarded with a contract be happy for them and when the ground crumbles beneath them tell them you told them so but do not chastise them for wanting a nice payout.

    Love Jimi.

  13. By the time that Bell would get on anyone’s field this season he’ll be so far out of football shape that he’ll look like he’s running with lead in his boots and be quite prone to injury. The man and his agent are fools and in the long run this will cost him millions for nothing.

  14. Whoever picks up Bell is in for a rude awakening when they realize that It was Coach Tomlin that made Bell look good. He is merely a product of Coach Tomlin’s genius

  15. No team is dumb enough to take that deal from the Steelers.

    Smart teams will wait until after the season, then look at signing Bell.

  16. jimicash says:
    September 30, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Everyone calling Bell a me first player is off base and in a different dimension. If your employer was not offering a retirement plan or pension, I am sure you would press for the option or find new employment. I get NFL players get paid boat loads of cash but when there are less skilled players receiving long-term contracts, or less effective employees receiving pension plans, you would demand your slice of the pie. Let these players make their own bed, if rewarded with a contract be happy for them and when the ground crumbles beneath them tell them you told them so but do not chastise them for wanting a nice payout.
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    Jimi, if Bell isn’t satisfied with what he is being paid, then he has options. He can play in the CFL, the AAF, or seek employment in the public or private sectors using his degree in….SOCIOLOGY!
    What Bell fails to understand is that in NO circumstances outside of football will HE be paid so handsomely for doing so little. Therefore he should take what he can get while he still has value, meaning he should sign the franchise tag and play.
    If he thinks that this stunt will result in a bull market, he is absolutely stupid. No team will want to pay a declining RB who has a me-first entitlement attitude, and who also is 1 strike away from a 1 year suspension.

  17. Here is how I see this going down. The team that wants to trade for bell negotiate a long term deal with his agent. Once they come to an agreement, the Steelers trade a bubble player, like Justin Hunter, to that team for a 2nd rounder and a “good” player. Subsequently, the Steelers recind the tag which makes Bell a free-agent and he signs with that team that offered the 2nd round pick. After that team signs Bell, they release Hunter and since he is a vested veteran, can resign with the Steelers.

  18. Here is how I see this going down. Bell sits the entire year, he gets paid a record contract for a RB in the off-season. His production declines due to not being in the Steeler’s system and missing a year. He ends up getting cut after two years because his cap hit is too high. He might have got a lot guaranteed money but it ends up being less than if he signed with the steelers this past offseason and ends up never making up the difference of 14.5 million that he turned down. How can you make up an entire year of your life earnings when you get old? If he has 3 years left, he has to make up an additional $5 per year… there are only so many years to work and earn money, this should be clear to a RB.

  19. Can’t imagine anyone in the NFL has screwed up their future earnings more than Bell. Screw your team over by not reporting, letting your agent leak that you’re not going to report because you don’t want too much action then proceed to post photos of you partying all over the club scene while your teammates are busting their butts. What team is going to want to trade assets for a guy that doesn’t have any heart? All he cares about is this one payday. He has no desire to actually play and is a lousy teammate. Even when he hits FA next year, no team is going to give him more than a 1 year prove it deal now.

  20. greymares says:
    September 30, 2018 at 12:33 pm
    He’s not tradeable !!!

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    In the scenario above, they don’t trade Bell, they trade a bubble player for a 2nd rounder.

  21. Who would want this guy? He hasn’t helped a high-level team get over the hump. Suspensions, injury, non-reporting, unreliable – that’s a heck of a thing for a new team to have to pay a huge premium for.

    There’s more to value than just talent. Once in a while we get reminded of that.

  22. I dont see how they get any meaningful offer without some ‘wink wink’ arangements being made behind the scenes. If everything is done according to the process rules then Bell has to first sign with no guarantee of anything, then a team would have to trade for him with no guarantee of what he will do this year nor whether he will stick around. Thats a ton of risk that you are trading for. No matter how great his talent is (very) it does not matter to a trade partner if he is not going to be around. They need to know for sure they are getting him before they will cough up much.

    So I would think there needs to be a deal between the parties AND a deal between Bell and the other team in place before anything can be worked out, and that means under the table stuff.

  23. Who cares? His history screwed up his future! Rescind the tag and let him walk. He’ll find out quickly what he’s worth on the open market.

  24. 6burgh says:
    September 30, 2018 at 11:02 am
    People are like “why wouldn’t they sign him to a long term deal” “Steelers are cheap”

    No. He was offered twice two long terms contracts. Which he turned down. Maybe the guaranteed money was a little low for him, but he seems to forget that he’s one failed drug test away from being treated like Josh Gordon. Two, injury prone. Has one full season under his belt. So tell me, you are a running a multi million dollar company. Would you really trust this employee with all that money.
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    The full gaurantee wasnt a “little low” as you refer to it. It was a joke. To offer a gaurantee of $10 million over 5 years when you already had a 1 year fully gaurantee deal for $14.5 million is a joke and you know that so why are you attempting to minimize that fact. The only thing Bell has done is refused to sign a deal he is not satisfied with which is 100% his right. If the Steelers were worried about him off the field then maybe they should have let him walk into gree agency then so they didn’t have those worries. Instead they tagged him and restricted his options and then offered a joke of a long term deal. This debacle is all on them and I love the fact that a player is willing to stare them down and call them on it. The Steelers really had no business tagging him a second time if they thought he was as big a risk as you say. Why were they guaranteeing him $14.5 million if as you say he is a risk?

  25. They can’t trade Bell unless he signs the franchise tender and if he’s traded he can’t sign an extension, so what incentive is there for Bell to sign the tender making him eligible to be traded?

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