Le'Veon Bell claims Steelers tried to trade for him before deadline

Le'Veon Bell claims Steelers tried to trade for him before deadline

Remember, Bell left the Steelers after a tumultuous holdout for his first season with the Jets in 2018.

Veon Bell tell him, at least there was a chance he would meet with the Steelers this week.

Here's what Bell had to say, via Pro Football Talk.

"I found out through my agent he had talked to the Jets and there were teams like Houston, the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs and, surprisingly, the Steelers were all in the mix in trying to trade for me", Bell said. "On top of that, my real contract was a bit hard for teams to handle, which is understandable".

Bell hinted Thursday that even at that price, some teams may have only been interested in trading for him if he were willing to accept "a pay cut".

That positional need and a seemingly reasonable wage guarantee this season and the next one ($ 13.5 million in salary and list bonus, with a cap of $ 15.5 million, according to Spotrac.com), give credit to Bell's claim that Pittsburgh was exploring ways to regain it. Obviously, this makes the case that you can't spend heavily on a running back.

A number of teams reportedly looked into acquiring Le'Veon Bell ahead of Tuesday's National Football League trade deadline, according to the Jets running back himself. He has a strong backup in Jamaal Williams.

Well, they do say that "NFL" stands for "not for long", and there's no reason to think that couldn't apply to frayed relationships between proud franchises and disaffected Pro Bowl running backs. However, they were only fielding calls, not actively shopping him around to other organizations. He was honest with me. He said he was open to it.

"I'm not upset at all if I'm not touching the ball and we're winning, but we haven't been winning and I haven't been able to help", said Bell, who is averaging a career-low 3.2 yards per carry.

Bell said he and Gase are "fine" and that he expects a larger role this week against the winless Miami Dolphins.

Bell added that he expressed his concerns to head coach Adam Gase, saying that the two "had a good little talk". "That would've kind of defeated the whole goal, so I didn't want to do that".

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