Let the bidding for Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell begin.
Pittsburgh is open to potential trade offers for the running back, who has not been with the team at all this season.
Bell, who could be a free agent after the season, was supposed to make $14 million this season under the franchise tag.
But as Senior Insider Ray Ratto wrote two weeks ago, the 49ers may be reluctant to pay the steep price to acquire Bell and there's no certainty that Bell would want to re-sign with the 49ers. And it's hard to imagine he'd put pen to paper without an agreement on a long-term deal from his new team that the Steelers refused to give him. The running back hasn't yet showed up this season due to disagreements with the Steelers organization.
While in theory the Patriots could use a lead back, there's virtually no shot of Bell coming to New England.
Not only would it be tough for the Patriots to have any shot at trading for Bell, it will be tough for any team. And No. 2, Bell's contract.
In Khalil Mack, one of the best defensive players in the National Football League was traded on the eve of the National Football League season. Listening to trade offers is an easy option for Pittsburgh, because the best-case scenario is that they end up getting something decent in exchange for a disgruntled star.