The New York Jets are absolutely interested in Pittsburgh Steelers disgruntled running back Le’Veon Bell along with the Eagles and 49ers.
Yet another day in the saga of Le’Veon Bell and yet more information to chew.
On Sunday, CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora updated the list of teams interested in the disgruntled Pittsburgh Steelers star. The New York Jets are, indeed, among the teams who have expressed trade interest.
Others include the defending champion Philadelphia Eagles and San Francisco 49ers.
The news comes on the heel of Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reporting the Steelers are now “actively shopping” the stud back. The price seems to be a quality player plus a second-round selection.
From @gmfb Weekend: The #Steelers are now activately shopping RB Le'Veon Bell, sources say, making calls and doing due diligence. A trade would be difficult, but not impossible. pic.twitter.com/EltwpqYrNs
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 30, 2018
La Canfora also mentions that Pittsburgh would engage with the Seattle Seahawks should Earl Thomas become available.
Bell remains away from the team. On Sunday, Week 4 of NFL action, the Steelers are set to host the division-rival Baltimore Ravens. Young James Connor continues to shoulder the workload behind Ben Roethlisberger.
Of course, Le’Veon continues to hold out after the Steelers smacked the franchise tag on him for the second consecutive season. It struck a nerve with the Michigan State product especially due to the fact he told the organization he didn’t want it.
Bell, 26, also may have a few regrets on his plate. A year ago, he turned down a lucrative multi-year deal that would have placed him as the highest-paid running back (at the time, second after the Todd Gurley signing). Now, he’s simply saving his body while looking to cash in on that multi-year pact with an NFL franchise.
Bell has rushed for 5,336 yards and 35 touchdowns with a sparkling yards per carry of 4.3 in five total seasons with the Steelers. He’s also caught 312 balls for 2,660 receiving yards to go along with seven touchdowns.
The Jets currently showcase Isaiah Corwell and Bilal Powell in the backfield. What makes them such a solid contender for Le’Veon Bell’s services is the idea the organization will have nearly $100 million in cap space this coming offseason.