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Steelers trying to trade Le’Veon Bell for a draft pick and a player

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The Steelers’ position on Le’Veon Bell appears to be pivoting.

As the running back’s holdout drags into Week 4 and James Connor shows he’s an NFL-caliber starter, the Steelers now are actively trying to trade Bell, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reported Sunday.

The Steelers’ asking price — a second-round draft pick and a good player, according to Rapoport — certainly is high, especially given that they don’t have much leverage. It’s clear Bell won’t report to the team without a lucrative contract, and if he’s traded, his new team can’t even negotiate with him until after the season. All that makes Bell a one-year rental.

And while the Steelers could just let Bell sit out the season, they’d likely prefer some sort of compensation for him, meaning this quickly could become a take-what-they-can-get situation.

If the price falls, you have to wonder if the 49ers will take a look. Matt Breida has played well as their starting running back and leads the NFL with 8.6 yards per game, but Bell is a special talent who might take even more pressure off now-starting quarterback C.J. Beathard.



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