Earlier this week, it was reported that Le'Veon Bell would return to the Pittsburgh Steelers during their Week 7 bye in advance of a Week 8 matchup against the Cleveland Browns. However, during Bell's lengthy lockout, the Steelers have begun to look into trade options for their star running back. Now it seems that Bell won't be too accepting to that idea.
From @NFLGameDay: #Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell’s focus is on playing in Pittsburgh and putting up numbers, I’m told. He’s not inclined to accept a trade at this point. That makes it even more difficult. pic.twitter.com/KIZY7vT7n2— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 7, 2018
The Steelers are likely more comfortable with a trade due to the production of second-year running back James Conner
Bell would like to be paid as a playmaker, rather than per his position. The production of Pittsburgh's young offensive weapon proves they might not need him after all.
.@JamesConner_ has his second game of 100+ rush yards and 2+ rush TD this season (Week 1)— NFL Research (@NFLResearch) October 7, 2018
• Has never had multiple 100+ rush yard, 2+ rush TD games in the same season
• Has only 3 such games in his career#Steelers #ATLvsPIT
As Rapoport says, a midseason trade is probably not beneficial to Bell, who would have to learn a new offense and may look different than usual. Bell
While the Steelers don't have any firm offers for Bell yet, don't expect them to simply stop looking. The Steelers want to find the best way out of this situation, and a trade may still be that path.