The Le'Veon Bell saga continues to drag on in Pittsburgh as the running back with nearly 1,300 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns in 2017 refused to show up to team headquarters ahead of the squad's week 2 home contest versus Kansas City. A five-year extension worth $70 million wasn't enough to fill up Bell's coffers this offseason, so the Steelers turned to second-year back and Pittsburgh Panthers stud James Conner. With Conner's solid starting debut in week 1, could a Le'Veon Bell trade could be in the works?
Any NFL squad trying to trade for Bell today would not only have to give up a few high drafts picks but also it would have to sign him to a massive deal in the offseason when he's an unrestricted free agent.
How much money could Bell command? He's refusing to play under the Steelers franchise-tagged salary of around $14.544 million, so any team looking to deal for the fantasy football favorite (until this year) had better be ready to pony up.
Le'Veon Bell Trade Odds
With all the turmoil surrounding the Steelers running back, here are odds from BetOnline.ag on the team Bell will play for during week 1 of the 2019 season.
Two avenues lead to him playing for a new team during next year's opener: The trade as mentioned earlier or he reports to Steelers' camp before week 10, plays the remainder of the season, and is then free to sign where he wants.
San Francisco possesses the second-best odds behind Bell's current team, and with the season-ending injury to key running back acquisition Jerick McKinnon, John Lynch might feel inclined to pull the trigger.
|San Francisco 49ers||+400|
|New York Jets||+500|
|Green Bay Packers||+850|
|New England Patriots||+2000|
On the bring side, I suppose, at least Bell isn't threatening reporters like teammate Antonio Brown.
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