The Pittsburgh Steelers are now listening to trade offers for star running back Le’Veon Bell, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Steelers now listening to trade offers for RB Le’Veon Bell, league sources tell ESPN.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2018
This comes just two weeks after Schefter also reported that the Steelers had no plans of trading the star running back or rescinding his franchise tag.
Bell has missed the first two games of the season as he continues his holdout from the team after failing to agree on a long-term deal. He is also likely to miss the Steelers’ Week 3 game with Tampa Bay on Monday night.
Bell, who has yet to sign his one-year franchise tender, has already been fined over $1.5 million by the Steelers for missing the first two weeks of the season. He will continue to lose over $800,000 for each game he misses.
Bell’s agent, Adisa Bakari, hinted that his client’s likely reason for staying away is to preserve his health heading into free agency. Any team that decides to trade for Bell will most likely need some assurance that he will report earlier than Week 11, which is when he’ll need to sign his deal in order to hit free agency next season.
Bell led the NFL in touches last season with 406 and finished with 1,946 yards from scrimmage and 11 total touchdowns. Pittsburgh has gotten off to a winless start through two games without Bell, with second-year running back James Connor starting in the All-Pro running back’s absence.