Thomas caved on his holdout, and now will miss the rest of the season before likely heading into free agency. If you came here looking for someone pouring out sympathy for players like Bell and Thomas you are in the wrong place.
As we head into Week 4 of the season, it has become abundantly clear that Le'Veon Bell has played his last game with the Pittsburgh Steelers amid their contract dispute. "Get right bro bro [Earl Thomas]!" The Steelers would also be open to swapping their disgruntled running back for Seattle's Earl Thomas, who has asked for a trade and clashed with management in Seattle, but sources said there has been no contact between those teams to this point.
NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported Sunday that the Steelers are actively trying to trade Bell for a second-round draft pick and a player.
Almost every team in the National Football League would love to have a running back like Bell on their roster.
Turns out, trading Le'Veon Bell isn't as easy as one might think it would be.
A trade for Bell could prove hard to consummate, as the team acquiring him from Pittsburgh wouldn't be allowed to negotiate a long-term deal before the end of the season, per the franchise tag rules.
Since Bell can not negotiate a long-term deal until the end of the season, he'd still be taking on the injury risk if he agreed to a trade.