When news surfaced last week the Steelers were now open to trading disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell, the speculation immediately began on what the two-time All-Pro might be worth in a deal. He's widely regarded as the best all-around running back in the NFL. According to Rapoport, the Steelers are making calls to teams in hope of landing a "good" player and a second-round pick in exchange for Bell, who hasn't played this season amid a contract dispute.
More than likely, no team will be willing to give up the kind of asking price that Pittsburgh would want. If Bell reports to the Steelers midway through this season, his transition tag salary for next season could be as low as $9.24 million.
Bell is holding out from the Steelers and has refused to sign his one-year, $14.5 million tender.
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It appears to be anyone's guess as to where Bell is going to be playing moving forward. As previously noted by ClutchPoints, three teams have shown interest in acquiring Bell. While any team that acquired Bell could not sign him to a contract extension until after the season, he could engage in at least some degree of contract talks with his new team, according to National Football League and NFLPA sources, without the sides entering into any sort of agreement. The team could also attempt not to pay Bell his game-check during that period of time, with it up to the two sides to negotiate those terms, which could also further complicate any return to Pittsburgh.