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A Bell-Thomas swap between Steelers, Seahawks makes sense

02 October, 2018, 09:31 | Author: Rachael Silva
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To make matters worse, there's no end in sight to the Le'Veon Bell holdout and the team is now "actively shopping" the Pro Bowl running back, according to reports. While La Canfora reported the Steelers prefer to trade Bell to an NFC team, the 49ers probably would just doing their due diligence. It would reunite him with quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown, who saw Pittsburgh's record drop to 1-2-1 after a Sunday night loss to the rival Ravens.

A trade for Bell could prove hard to consummate, as the team acquiring him from Pittsburgh wouldn't be allowed to negotiate a long-term deal before the end of the season, per the franchise tag rules.

CBS had reported earlier today that the Steelers would be interested in swapping Bell for Seahawks' star defensive back Earl Thomas.

Thomas, 29, held out during the preseason after the Seahawks refused to meet his demands for a long-term contract extension or trade him.

Alas, Thomas fractured a lower leg bone in the fourth quarter of Seattle's 20-17 win at Arizona. Bell is staying away from the team to preserve his body, but a source said Bell is expected to report Week 7, the Steelers' bye week. Philadelphia dealt for running back Jay Ajayi a year ago, but he is a pending free agent and is dealing with a back injury, while the backfield has suffered from other injuries as well. Bell's replacement James Conner has rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries. However, the two teams are not believed to have been in contact with one another to this point. But he said he hopes they can respect their business and plans to talk with the team upon his arrival.



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