The Steelers explored taking a trip down memory lane. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Pittsburgh called the New York Jets about acquiring former Steeler Le’Veon Bell before Tuesday’s trade deadline.
The move was in direct response to starting running back James Conner getting injured during last Monday night’s 27-14 win over the Miami Dolphins.
Bell revealed the news on The Uninterrupted “17 Weeks” Podcast that his agent informed him that the Steelers were one of the teams “in the mix” to acquire him.
“Steelers ‘talks’ on Le’Veon Bell amounted to nothing. Jets were eager to deal him and dump the contract. Approached many teams including PIT. It went nowhere,” tweeted NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.
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Jets Shop Top Players
Bell was not the only star player who was the trading block. The Jets were also shopping Jamal Adams and received “double-digit phone calls” for the safety, most notably the Dallas Cowboys, who were the closest to acquiring Adams, according to Ian Rapoport.
The Jets asked for a king’s ransom in return for Adams, including the Cowboys top offensive linemen and a first-round pick.
Dallas declined, and the trade deadline passed without a deal being struck. However, the discussions caused a rift in the Jets’ locker room as Adams felt the team went behind his back to deal him away.
“The Rams don’t take calls on Aaron Donald. The Patriots don’t take calls on Tom Brady,” Adams declared to reporters earlier this week. “I hold myself in high regard. That’s how I look at myself.”
Williams Switches Locker Rooms
The Jets did make one deal before the deadline, sending former first-round draft pick Leonard Williams to the New York Giants in exchange for draft picks. Williams won’t have to move very far, as the teams’ locker rooms are right next to one another inside Met Life Stadium.
Williams did not record a sack in the first eight games of the season for New York. He will make his debut for the Giants on Monday night against the Cowboys.
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