Steelers Have Yet To Receive Serious Interest In Le'Veon Bell

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The Steelers are contacting teams and actively shopping the disgruntled running back, NFL Media reported, citing a source informed of the situation. Unless the Steelers are interested in a straight swap for Ezekiel Ansah, Detroit will not be answering the Le'Veon Bell chime.

Bell's continued absence from Pittsburgh has raised questions about what his future salary could and would be if the Steelers, or any team that traded for him, used the transition tag on him this offseason. He's widely regarded as the best all-around running back in the NFL. The Steelers are reportedly seeking a second-round pick and a good veteran player.

More than likely, no team will be willing to give up the kind of asking price that Pittsburgh would want.

However, according to a report from ESPN on Sunday, the Steelers haven't had much luck. And the Seahawks offence is in desperate need of an impact running back to help take the defensive focus off quarterback Russell Wilson. It's a moot point so far, though, because teams aren't stepping up with offers.

Bell is holding out from the Steelers and has refused to sign his one-year, $14.5 million tender.

If he remains with the Steelers through the October 30 trade deadline, he would have until November 13 to sign the tender and accrue a season toward free agency. If Bell were to sign that tag in the coming weeks, the Steelers could receive a roster exemption for several weeks to allow him to get into shape.

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