The Pittsburgh Steelers are still without their star running back Le'Veon Bell as he looks to sit out another week of action.
Bell has already missed all of training camp and the first two weeks of the 2018 season for the Steelers, and as of writing, he's on track to miss the team's Week Three game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this weekend.
With many expecting him not to return to the team until Week Ten when he has to sign in order to become a free agent in 2019, many believe his time in Pittsburgh is over.
In order to not lose arguably the best dual-threat player in the NFL today for nothing next year, the Steelers will have to deal Bell away before the trade deadline of Week Eight in October.
Here's a look at five teams that could realistically trade for Bell and help the Steelers solve their problem with their running back.
The Indianapolis Colts need some help on the ground as neither Marlon Mack, Jordan Wilkins, or Nyheim Hines have really got things going between the tackles for the AFC South team.
Having Bell in the backfield would be a huge win for Luck and would force opposing defenses to stack the box, giving him more freedom and less coverage on his receivers to throw to.
Having north of $52 million in cap room, the Colts could easily acquire the star running back. It's just a case of whether or not they would be willing to give up the necessary draft picks for him.
Green Bay Packers
A one-two punch combo of Aaron Rodgers and Bell would make the Green Bay Packers the undisputed best offense in the entire NFL, and one that would be very difficult to beat.
Cap space would be a problem for the Packers though, as they only have $3.8 million of it spare. Players would likely have to be part of any trade deal done in order to bring the running back to Green Bay.
However, the Packers have a first-round pick in next year's draft to spare, as they have two first-round picks in 2019's NFL Draft, which might be more than what any other team is willing to part with pick wise.
The Seattle Seahawks are another team that could do with some help in the ground game, as both Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny have struggled so far this season.
Arguably, the Seahawks need more help on the offensive line than what they do in the backfield, but a dynamic player like Bell could help address those problems with his elusive skill set, helping out Russell Wilson as well.
Like the Packers, cap space would also be a problem for Seattle, as they currently only have around $5.7 million of it.
However, they do have an unsettled player in Earl Thomas which the Steelers might be interested in who could certainly bolster their defensive backfield as well as balance the books.
San Francisco 49ers
On the face of it, the running game at the San Francisco 49ers doesn't look like much of a problem at the moment despite the season-ending injury earlier this offseason to Jerick McKinnon.
Matt Breida actually leads the NFL in rushing, and they have a fine backup in two-time Pro Bowler Alfred Morris. Yet, passing up on Bell due to short-term success would also be passing up on the possible long-term longevity of the Niners as an NFL powerhouse.
Bell and Jimmy Garopolo would be an incredible tandem that could bring much success to the San Francisco area if they were to hook up, so it's something which the franchise shouldn't ignore.
The 49ers are currently $32.9 million under the cap and have the ability to move on from McKinnon with just a $1.5 million dead cap hit after the season, meaning signing Bell to the required deal is a possibility. It's just all about finding the right trade to make it happen.
New York Jets
Isaiah Crowell has done a good job for the New York Jets since arriving from the Cleveland Browns this offseason, but Bell would be an upgrade in the backfield that would help build a strong future for the franchise.
Crowell simply doesn't come anywhere near to Bell's productivity, which is why the Jets should consider the Steelers star, as they might not have a better opportunity to sign such a stud to pair with Sam Darnold.
With their starting quarterback on a rookie deal, New York has just under $20 million in cap space, meaning they could make a move for Bell without seriously putting the financial future of the team at risk.
They also have the most cap space in 2019 with an incredible $89.15 million, meaning the three-time Pro Bowler could definitely receive the deal he desires.
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