We all know that we probably won't see Le'Veon Bell in black and yellow this season, but it looks like we still might get to see the star running back play football. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter the Steelers are looking into a possible trade for the hold-out, who has yet to play this season after failing to lock in a long-term deal with the team.
Steelers now listening to trade offers for RB Le’Veon Bell, league sources tell ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 23, 2018
Bell himself was recently spotted in Miami, riding a jet ski while waiting out his organization. "You already know what it is man, we out here coolin' on the jet skis," Bell said in a video captured by a fan, according to TMZ.
When the man said "Give my man his f**kin money," Bell replied, "You already know! You already know!"
Earlier today, it seemed like Bell was in a much less boisterous mood. He sent out a tweet letting people know that he felt underappreciated and, while he never mentioned the Steelers by name, it's easy to connect the feeling to his team not paying him what he believes he's owed.
sometimes a simple “thank you” can go a long way...I feel like too many ppl take me for granted...— Le'Veon Bell (@LeVeonBell) September 23, 2018
The Steelers opted to tag Bell with a franchise tag for the second-straight year, but Bell felt the move wasn't providing him adequate compensation for what he brings to the team. He loses over $850,000 for every week he fails to report to the team; however, he's holding firm.
Before the season, Bell's agent Adisa Bakari told Schefter that this season would likely be Bell's last as a Steeler. He said that the team was paying Bell based on what they thought a running back was worth in general as opposed to what Bell brought to the Steelers in this specific case.
"It became clear the Steelers wanted to pay the position, not the player," Bakari said.
Bell is far from the only player who appears to be unhappy in Pittsburgh. Wide receiver Antonio Brown caused a stir when he was spotted laying into Pittsburgh's offensive coordinator.
He made allusions to the team trading him away on Twitter and sat out of practice on Monday. According to Ian Rappaport. However, Brown has made it clear that he doesn't wish to be traded.
"I don’t want to be traded and I’m still grateful to put on my uniform," he said. I just got to stay away from online with the distractions."