When Le’Veon Bell hit free agency in 2019 the Steelers made an attempt to bring him back. They offered him a big deal, but it didn’t match-up with the offers that were available on the open market. Bell signed a 5-year deal with the Jets and that was that.
During the 2019 season, the Jets talked about trading Bell out of New York. He was in constant conflict with head coach Adam Gase and the Jets were looking to cut their losses. At that time the Steelers were rumored to be interested in trading for Bell and returning him to Pittsburgh.
Following Ben Roethlisberger’s season-ending injury, however, it made little sense to make a trade for Bell. The Jets held onto Bell, but the conflict has continued to grow. Eventually, Bell overstayed his welcome in New York and the Jets cut him this week after failing to find a trade partner.
Immediately after his release the Steelers were once again rumored to have an interest. A return to Pittsburgh would likely help out Bell and his career, but it doesn’t make much sense for the Steelers.
This off-season is already going to be a salary cap nightmare for the Steelers and adding a potential decent sized contract in Bell wouldn’t help that situation.
Also, the Steeles offense is playing well. Pittsburgh has a quality running back group of James Conner, Benny Snell, and rookie Anthony McFarland.
It seems likely the Steelers will sit out of the Bell sweepstakes this time around.