The call was described as routine by the source. Most times it amounts to nothing more than a passing interest - such was the case with wide receiver Josh Gordon - but they did make an offer three weeks ago for pass-rusher Khalil Mack.
ESPN reported Sunday that the Steelers are now open to trading Bell after initially saying they were not interested. The Jets speak with other teams constantly and ask about trade possibilities.
Any trade for Bell would be tricky because the Steelers used the franchise tag on him. He cannot be given a multi-year deal until after the 2018 season. So, a team would be taking the chance that Bell would just be a rental player for this year. It's about how many teams can actually afford to pay the man $10 million this season.
Right now, the Jets are a middle of the pack running team as they're currently 14th, but adding a player like Bell would skyrocket them up the rankings. Their 2019 figure is projected at $90 million, when they could make a run at Bell as a free agent.
It's unclear what price tag Pittsburgh is planning to attach to Bell, but the Jets do not have a second-round pick in 2019. It'll have to be a pretty penny as he's one of the best weapons in the league.
Bell can't technically sign a long-term extension with any team, so he would need to sign his franchise tender and agree to a handshake deal.