Le’Veon Bell has played his entire NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but if you listen to the rumors, that could soon come to an end. Multiple sources are reporting that the Steelers are now listenting to offers for their star holdout running back, with many teams looking for an upgrade in the backfield. With a talent like Bell, who is likely a one-year rental for any team, unless they sign him to a long-term extension upon agreeing to trading for him, any team could jump from pretender to contender. With that being said, could the Steelers trade Bell to the New England Patriots, New York Jets, Miami Dolphins, Indianapolis Colts, Tampa Bay Buccaneers or Seattle Seahawks before the 2018 NFL Trade Deadline next month?
It is possible, although still unlikely, at least in my mind.
Could some of those teams make sense? Sure. In some way, all of them might. The Patriots are desperate for offense after struggling in losses to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Detroit Lions. While the Pats will be getting Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman into the lineup very soon, they may have underestimated the loss of Dion Lewis, who signed with the Tennessee Titans. The Jets have long been linked to Bell, and would love to add a stud running back to compliment Sam Darnold. The Dolphins remain undefeated at 3-0, but can not be fooled into thinking they are legitimate contenders. Not yet, at least, considering their wins have come against the Titans, Jets and Oakland Raiders.
As for the Colts, they desperately need to take off some pressure from Andrew Luck. Bell would do that. The Colts have not had a back since the days of Joseph Addai. The Bucs look great under Ryan Fitzpatrick, and while Mike Evans, Desean jackson and Chris Godwin form a great receiving trio, their ground game has been nonexistent. The Seahawks may still feel as if they have one final run left in them, but they will not do so without a running attack to eleviate some pressure off of Russell Wilson.
What other teams would make sense to go after Bell? Do you see Pittsburgh trading arguably its best player?