Eagles interested in acquiring Steelers RB Le'Veon Bell

Le’Veon Bell ending Steelers madness with return date

Some teams have inquired about Bell, while others are mulling whether to make a move, but none has been aggressive so far, according to sources.

The Steelers are exploring trade options for Bell, though Bell believes he can stay with the team.

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.

Bell, meanwhile, has watched his Steelers fall to 1-2-1 amid offensive struggles.

When news surfaced last week the Steelers were now open to trading disgruntled running back Le'Veon Bell, the speculation immediately began on what the two-time All-Pro might be worth in a deal. But, if a report from the NFL Network's Ian Rappoport is to be believed, we now have an idea of what the Steelers might be asking.

Bell said he doesn't see a "logical team giving up (a high pick and a player) potentially for someone who could play six games with no guarantee of a long-term deal". 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.

His arrival would also give the Steelers one week to finalize a trade for him, should they still be interested. Nevertheless the All-Pro running back is sticking to his demand the Steelers pay him what he wants or trade him.

A Bell-Thomas swap is surely off the table now, though. He would become eligible for free agency in March.