A few days ago, Le’Veon Bell said on his Sirius Radio podcast “17 weeks” that the Steelers, Texans, Packers and Chiefs were in the mix to trade for him before the deadline.
“There was a lot of trade speculations and rumors about, you know, me getting traded obviously from the Jets to other, multiple teams,” Bell said, via Pro Football Talk. “And they were actually true. There were times where — I found out from my agent, you know, he had talked to the Jets and things like that. But there were teams like Houston, the Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs, and surprisingly the Steelers, were all in the mix of trying to trade for me.”
It was shocking to see him mention his former team, given what transpired between the two just last year.
As it turned out, the New York Jets running back was not lying because ESPN’s Adam Schefter would back up those claims that his former team was actually interested in bringing him back after James Conner went down with an injury.
Schefter went on to say that once the Steelers got word that Conner’s injury wasn’t as bad as they initially feared, the talk with the Jets cooled off.
The 27-year-old Bell played his first five seasons with the Steelers before missing all of 2018 because of a contract dispute. He would sign with the Jets this past offseason.