Steelers open to trading Le'Veon Bell for Earl Thomas


If you came here looking for someone pouring out sympathy for players like Bell and Thomas you are in the wrong place. "If he does come and gets hurt, then it's, 'he shouldn't have came.' ..."

The man who hasn't given up his quest for a new contract chimed in on the Instagram post.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are still in the process of exploring trade possibilities for Le'Veon Bell, and one situation they are reportedly open to could alter the landscape of both the AFC and NFC.

Bell then responded: "smh exactly ... get right bro, bro @earl!"

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Thomas' injury highlighted the reason Bell has not reported to work and already left more than $3.4 million on the table by not signing his $14.54 million franchise tender - Bell would make $855,000 per game if he signs the franchise tag. Nevertheless the All-Pro running back is sticking to his demand the Steelers pay him what he wants or trade him.

Earl Thomas' injury seems to have made Le'veon Bell more determined than ever to prove his point.

According to the report, Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is seeking at least a second-round draft pick and a "good" player in exchange for Bell.

Some teams have inquired with Pittsburgh on Bell but none have been aggressive. Bell was referencing his ongoing holdout, the perception of which might have changed in light of Thomas' decision to end his holdout, return to the field and suffer a leg fracture in Week 4 that likely will end his season. While any team that acquired Bell could not sign him to a contract extension until after the season, he could engage in at least some degree of contract talks with his new team, according to National Football League and NFLPA sources, without the sides entering into any sort of agreement.