The Pittsburgh Steelers may have been open to trading Le’Veon Bell in advance of the NFL’s deadline, but you can’t trade a player who is not under contract with you.
Which is why, now that the deadline has passed, we may actually see “El Bell” showing up in Pittsburgh and finally signing his franchise tender.
Because now the Steelers cannot trade him this season.
In theory, Bell could show up and sign the tender if the Steelers were able to agree to terms with another team. However, that has always been unlikely to happen. It’s possible that blocking Pittsburgh from trading him was part of Bell’s plan all along, as this should now allow him to become a free agent this offseason and choose his next destination.
But, given the way James Conner has played in his absence—averaging 5.2-yards every time he touches the ball—it won’t be Pittsburgh.
Source: Larry Brown Sports