Bell has been their workhorse tailback in the last few years as he has established himself as arguably the best running back in the league while being one of the primary factors in the offense.
The Worldwide Leader is reporting that the Steelers have no legitimate trade offers from Bell, though they do appear to know what they want in return for him.
Bell, who will likely have to sign his $14.5 million franchise tag upon returning, told ESPN he plans on playing football in 2018.
Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell has sent a message of support to Earl Thomas after the Seattle Seahawks safety broke his leg on Sunday, and has vowed to continue being "the bad guy" over his contract holdout.
Now? After watching Kerryon Johnson impress through the first three weeks, including quenching the 100-yard rushing drought on national television, running back seems like much less of a need. While their backfield isn't the only issue, they are a mediocre 1-2-1 to begin the season. The Steelers could use the transition tag on Bell in 2019, something a team source said is a possibility, at the cost of a 120 percent raise from his 2018 salary. "It's hard to say James should just go out there and run the football, because we've got to score points".
"I could be naïve or hopeful, but at the end of the day I feel like that's what's going to happen", Bell said about re-signing with the team. "I don't think they really want me gone". That could be me being prideful.
Trading Bell, who has thus far refused to sign he $14.534 million tender, would be a complicated process but not impossible.
Bell received a $70 million offer from the Steelers this summer that included $17 million guaranteed. "But I'm still holding out hope". Bell will forfeit $853,000 for each game he misses. "If a team wanted to, they could definitely do what they needed to do to make me happy and satisfied". "Right now, I'm as close as close to year three".