Jets reportedly interested in trading for Le'Veon Bell

Report Jets ask Steelers about trading for star RB Le'Veon Bell

Report Jets ask Steelers about trading for star RB Le'Veon Bell

The Jets dipped their toe into the Le'Veon Bell sweepstakes, but landing him sounds like a long shot.

According to the New York Daily News, the Jets have reached out to Pittsburgh to see what it would take to acquire Bell via trade, but have not yet made an offer. The Jets are unlikely to be one of those teams. Mehta adds that the Jets have not yet made a concrete offer for Bell, but they believe that the Steelers are serious about moving the All-Pro back. It sounds like they were gauging the price the Steelers are looking for, which plenty of other teams are surely doing, too. Bell has yet to report after he and the Steelers failed to come to terms on a massive long-term deal. Based on the franchise tag rules, he can't sign a long-term contract (with the Steelers or another team) until after the season.

According to the Daily news, National Football League rules prohibit any team trading for Bell to give him a multi-year deal until after the 2018 season, so he would, in effect, be a one-year rental.

It's not about teams wanting a talent like Bell.

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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. He is costing himself $855,000 for every game he misses.

Bell hasn't suited up for Pittsburgh yet this season because of his disdain for the franchise tag, which he received in consecutive offseasons.

A Bell trade would be challenging because he'd be a one-year rental, essentially.

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