The Pittsburgh Steelers are open to trading Le'Veon Bell now that the star running back has shown he is committed to holding out as long as possible, and the New York Jets are among the teams that are reportedly interested in acquiring him. Most times it amounts to nothing more than a passing interest - such was the case with wide receiver Josh Gordon - but they did make an offer three weeks ago for pass-rusher Khalil Mack. Logic, of course, would dictate that a team trading for Bell would want to have a behind-the-scenes multi-year agreement in place before pulling the trigger on a trade with Pittsburgh. Based on the franchise tag rules, he can't sign a long-term contract (with the Steelers or another team) until after the season.
Right now, the Jets are a middle of the pack running team as they're currently 14th, but adding a player like Bell would skyrocket them up the rankings. At this point, that figure is $11.9 million. The Steelers used the $14.5 million franchise tag on him this season, but he has refused to sign it.
The Jets have approximately $17 million in cap space.
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Powell, who turns 30 on October 27, will be a free agent after the season. He is looking for a deal upwards of $15 million-plus per season.
A second source said the Jets are happy with their running back combination of Bilal Powell and Isaiah Crowell and said they would be shocked if the Jets seriously pursued a Bell trade. The NFL trade deadline is October 30.
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