The move might seem odd if you don't know the background between the two parties, but with context it's a pretty clear message to the management that doesn't seem to want Thomas around after he plays out the string on his current contract.
The Steelers are hopeful of getting more than a third-round pick for Bell - they would get a late 2020 third-round pick as compensation for him leaving as a free-agent, in all likelihood - and would prefer to deal him to the NFC, sources said.
Thomas' injury highlighted the reason Bell has not reported to work and already left more than $3.4 million on the table by not signing his $14.54 million franchise tender - Bell would make $855,000 per game if he signs the franchise tag.
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The Pittsburgh Steelers running back reacted to broken leg the Seattle Seahawks safety suffered Sunday with a promise to "be the bad guy" on behalf of his fellow National Football League players. I want to win games and the playoffs.
The Steelers reportedly began listening to trade offers last week, but are now the ones initiating calls with other teams in an effort to move Bell, according to Rapoport.
"But I've got to take this stand".
"It's costing me some fans", Bell said. Seattle balked at trade offers that didn't include a second-round pick for the talented safety, and now no one will get compensation of any kind for an injured player. He would become eligible for free agency in March. "At the end of the day, they said what they said in the media". The Steelers offense could use a lift - Bell would be a game-changer. Bell's replacement James Conner has rushed for 213 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries.