A Bell-Thomas swap between Steelers, Seahawks makes sense

Arnold Nichols
October 2, 2018

Bell went on to give Fowler a timeline for his return, as the all-world running back is expected to report by Week 7, the Steelers' bye week.

Bell turned down a $70-million offer from Pittsburgh over the summer because it only contained $17 million in guarantees. Things aren't looking promising in that department.

After a lengthy holdout to start the 2018 National Football League season, disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell will indeed play for the Pittsburgh Steelers this season. But, if a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rappoport is to be believed, we now have an idea of what the Steelers might be asking. According to Schefter, "some teams have inquired about Bell, while others are mulling whether to make a move, but none has been aggressive so far".

Bell's continued absence from Pittsburgh has raised questions about what his future salary could and would be if the Steelers, or any team that traded for him, used the transition tag on him this offseason.


In fact, he's still holding out hope the team will re-sign him to a long-term contract once his franchise tag is up.

Second-year running back James Conner has struggled to produce since his standout Week 1 outing where he had 195 total scrimmage yards as he has matched that exact total yardage in the last three games. The Steelers would also be open to swapping their disgruntled running back for Seattle's Earl Thomas, who has asked for a trade and clashed with management in Seattle, but sources said there has been no contact between those teams to this point.

The Seahawks' star defensive back suffered a fractured leg in today's win over Arizona. "If he does come and gets hurt, then it's, 'he shouldn't have came.' ..." Not almost as bad as a ligament tear would've been. He would become eligible for free agency in March.

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